I purchased two of these cookbooks as Christmas presents for two of my girlfriends. After fleetingly looking through it, I decided to purchase one for myself. The photography is wonderful and the recipes and stories behind the scenes written by the author are well worth the investment. I have tried 8 different recipes so far and found each to be true to the description. Some of the items needed aren't that easy to find but the author suggests alternatives - so he was really thinking about his audience. I'm not a vegetarian however we do try to stay away from meat products as much as we can. The ideas in the book are very creative and the meals are designed to give you the feeling that you aren't missing anything from your diet. I would recommend this book to everyone who loves eating meatless.