I was first introduced to Susan Branch when I purchased this book in 1998. The recipes are lovely, but even better, is the real personality that the author offers to all of her readers. She is genuine, and so full of passion for life, she will capture your heart. Since reading this book, I have purchased every book I can find by Susan Branch, and each and every one is as good as this one. The Summer Book, Vineyard Seasons, Baby Love, Christmas Joy, The Day Book, Celebrations, and Girlfriends. She writes bits and pieces about the real things in life, and has a drawing, a doodle, and a recipe for every thought that crosses her mind. I feel I can relate to her so well when I am reading her books, and she is like a sister to me, as she reminds me always of the love and happiness that my 3 sisters and I share, along with our mother, father and four brothers. If you write to Susan to get on her mailing list, she will let you know when new books are published, and you will recieve her newsletter, another joy to read. When I find a new book by Susan, and order it through Amazon, I have the book within a few days. I am delighted.