This is a real cookbook (not a kids book) with food real people eat. It has some delicious recipes and they do not use ings. that most of us do not have in our kitchens. It is dressed up for "fun" with Cathy chatting about silly stuff and comments to make one smile. I found some "keepers" in this book. It is not small but rather a very nice sized book with lots of color pictures. If you collect cookbooks or read a cookbook as a regular book(as i do), you will enjoy Girl Food.