This book reads like a girlfriend sharing her best recipes and stories to her best friend. It is packed with beautiful-step by step photos of each recipe, including unbelievable breathtaking photos of the author's family and life on the ranch. Each recipe comes with well written and witty descriptions of techniques, ingredients, and tips, including substitutions to "gussy" them up making them more suited to a "city-style" life or taste. The adaptions are easy substitutions that go well with all she suggests. The author is honest,personal, and candid about her love of family, animals, life, and food. Any woman, city or country, would love this wonderful book. It is not just a beautiful cookbook with WONDERFUL recipes but a peak into a life change/love story/and current love affair. Oh, and the author did the whole book,including the pictures with just her family and friends. I own MANY expensive cookbooks by many famous chefs and this books equals any that are on my shelves. It is a top choice for all my fave girlfriends this Christmas.