The recipes collected are representative of ancient cooking from many cultures. Traditional clay-pots from each culture are described. Each recipe has detailed, clear instructions. This is not a throw-the-ingredients-in-the-pot book. A number of the recipes are time consuming and require several cooking steps prior to adding all the ingredients to the clay-pot. Most clay-pot dishes bring to mind homey, comfort foods. These dishes have a fresh, lively nature. I think the secret to this is two-fold: the use of fresh ingredients and a lower cooking temperature than is called for in the classic clay-pot cookbooks. The food photography deserves praise too.