I ordered this book from AOL on a whim and it's one of the best cook books I've ever ordered. It's pages are brimming with recipes, all of which are fairly easy to make and cook. Best of all Sheila Lukins travels from East to West, and North to South of the USA to bring you everything from Clam Chowder to Meat Loaf, Muffins to Ice Tea. The only drawback I had with the book was the occasional mention of an American ingredient that I couldn't find here in the UK. For example, half-and-half and solid vegetable shortening. (For anyone interested I've been led to understand that half-and-half is half milk, half cream but I'm still trying to find out what the English equivalent of vegetable shortening is!) As a final note here's a variation on one of Ms Lukins recipies. When making the country cornbread on page 214 try adding some grated mature chedder cheese (about a cup full) and a tablespoon of minced jalapeno peppers. Both ingredients give the bread a little extra "zing"! Anyway - buy the book and settle back to enjot the wonders of American cooking.