The main aspect that makes this book five plus is that every single recipe almost, at least 97% of them are accompanied with pictures. For me pictures make cooking process lot easier. That way you clearly know what results you have to achieve. The quality of the book is amazing. Recipes are fantastic but be aware that it's mixture of European and American style cooking. Just a minor remark - if you are traditional European cuisine fan like me, you might find a bit strange recipes like salmon with agave syrup or asparagus with melon. The book overall is fantastic and it inspired me to purchase Giada's other books in future.