I'm not much of a cookbook person.
But when I use a cookbook, I want it to be just that: a collection of recipes. I am not interested in the page-long descriptions of why cooking is so great, and how to buy ingredients, and anything else that the author feels like sharing. So the 9 introductory pages could have been summarized a lot more concisely.
On the plus side, the photographs are beautiful, although it makes me feel this book is more a coffee-table book than a cookbook.
The recipes all seem quite tasty and simple to make, but being a student, they are not what I would call 'back to basics'. Half of the ingredients (lobster, scallops, etc) are not things I would have around the house!
I liked the 'tips' pages, although much of the advice seemed like common sense than anything.