The book was really fun to read and filled with many interesting tips for anyone who is beginning to cook. The variety of recipes are wonderful. I've tried some of the recipes and they were exceptional. The roasted beet and walnut gorgonzola salad, ymmm! The portobello burger and Aioli sauces were incredible. The book gives advice to newer cooks and is a real find for those who love to try new and innovative recipes. Any family member or guest would love eating food prepared from this cookbook, it is a treasure and I already know what I will make next from the cookbook: Olivia's Crunchy Chicken and Gingersnaps. I enjoyed the variety of foods offered: simple to fancy but always unique. I haven't been to Boston in 30 years and plan a trip soon and FIGS will be the first restaurant our family visits.
To taste the food inspired by this book, we drove an hour and a half to Boston, found parking (amazingly difficult), then found that we would have an hour and ten minute wait in cold weather to get inside. Luckily they did take-out, so we recieved our Portobello Pizza, Tiramisu, and focaccia bread fairly quickly. We ate the pizza in the car, sans napkins, plates, or a beverage... and it was one of the best meals we have ever had. If you don't want to go through this, you can simply buy the cookbook and make it yourself.
After hearing about the 1.5 hour trip to Boston (I think I know who here passenger was), I had to try some of the pizzas. All were very easy; we made the Spicy Shrimp and the one with the mushroom paste on it. The doughs are extremely easy to make; nothing in this book seemed all that difficult. I have an extensive cooking background, so your mileage may vary! :-)
Another outstanding book from Todd English. Try the mushroom pizza with fontina and truffle oil. It is unquestionably the best pizza I've ever eaten. Outstanding flat-bread-style pizza dough recipe. On to the desserts and risotto(es?) next!