Plenty of wonderful, down-to-earth recipes here, including one of my favorites, an easy and terrific lemony roast chicken. Good tips and shortcuts too. It's pretty obvious that Garten's lifestyle is well above the average reader's--a home in the Hamptons, a flat in Paris--but I do like her cooking style, making (mostly) unpretentious comfort food with a touch of elegance. This is a cookbook I'd consider purchasing, and I don't buy many cookbooks.
This is a lovely cookbook with lots of terrific recipes. I usually only cook for one and it annoys me that almost all recipes in cookbooks are for 6 to 8 servings. David Tanis in his Heart of the Artichoke cookbook, created recipes for small, medium and large meals. I wish that all cookbooks kept those of us who cook mostly small meals in mind. It would make cookbooks so much more enjoyable.