I collect cookbooks and have loved this author's books for a long time. I could only give this one two stars. I was really dissapointed with the recipes, infomation and layout of this cookbook. I have been trying to use more legumes and beans in my kitchen and this caught my eye. There is just not one new idea or bite of information here. Everything can be found in books that have been out for years. The recipes are ho-hum. I just don't get why this great chef bothered to publish this mediocre cookbook.