Ina Garten's cookbooks are always gorgeous to look at and chatty reads. She heads all of her recipes with a short paragraph about where the recipe came from or why she created it. So far I've only made one recipe, Salted Caramel Brownies, and it was a hit at Thanksgiving. Foolproof is a good name for this book; all of the recipes are well written and I wouldn't have a moment's hesitation in making any of them for the first time for company. I'll be making the Mustard and Gruyere Batons for an upcoming party and there are a couple of soup recipes I'd like to try soon.