This is a fairly well distilled, engaging book on building a wood fired oven. What makes it unique is that the author takes an egalitarian approach outlining the strengths and weaknesses and special considerations for natural clay ovens, masonry ovens, and cast refractory cement ovens. The Australian author comes from a background of ceramic arts, with long experience in building pottery firing kilns with his students, as well as running oven building workshops. There's not a lot of fluff here, and I feel its a helpful book for anyone undecided in how to approach the oven building process, especially from the materials standpoint. My only reservation about the book is some difference in terminology or available products between the US and Australia, but I feel that's a minor inconvenience only.