I am looking to expand the basic menu items at our restaurant and found this book to be very very helpful. I reviewed quite a few other books at the library and none really had what I was looking for. This book has proven to be easy to use whether you're cooking for yourself, a family of five, or up to as many as 400 people a day. It offers a variety of ways to serve the same dish, yet appear different, while still being able to give it your own personal touch, whether you are trying to work with a picky eater child or that impossible to please customer. Bon Appetite!