I'm nearing my 35th birthday and I finally know what I want to be when I grow up. I want to write a cookbook like this one. This book is everything a cookbook should be. The recipes are appealing, delicious and very do-able. And it's written like a work of fiction. A fantastic work of fiction.

You see, when I read a cookbook, I don't read it for the recipes. Or at least not only for the recipes. I read it for the narrative and the stories. I love the morsels that the author throws in giving the history or background of the recipes she's sharing. I know, I'm weird, but I have cookbooks on my night table. I read cookbooks for pleasure.

Whether you're weird like me, or just looking for a good source for easy new recipes, please buy this book! It's just wonderful to read, and the recipes are lovely.

Favorite Recipes
I've only tried a few, but couldn't wait to blog about this amazing addition to my collection. The Zucchini with Mint and Garlic is a classic and the Roasted Spiced Cauliflower is wonderful. I'm looking forward to trying the Creme Brulee French Toast soon. (I'll let you know when I do.) 
What I like about this book
I love a cookbook that reads like fiction. This one really does. While the recipes are the focus of the book, each one is prefaced by a beautifully written story that tells you how the recipe came to be. Delightfully written. 
What I don't like about it
I don't have much to criticize. I'm a real stickler for food photos, so it was disappointing not to have any.
My ratings

How’s the food? Yuk.                    Nothing to write home about.Good enough to make again. Wow. I’d eat it every day.
Are the recipes easy to follow? Nope. Pretty much. Yes, the instructions are clear. Terrifically written, even for a novice cook.
Is it a good read?Yuk. Readable but nothing special. Sure. Great reading. I’d keep it on my night table.
How do you like the design of the book?Yuk.Alright. Good. Flat out fantastic.