I'll start by admitting that I haven't read a lot of cookbooks about authentic Mexican food, but I do spend a lot of time online searching through various recipe blogs and sites, constantly looking for new ideas. There were so many recipes in this book that I've never heard of, and that I am so excited to try! I really liked the format of this book- it was well-organized, to the point, and not ridiculously over-detailed like so many modern cookbooks tend to be. I know my way around a kitchen and appreciate that the author did not dumb anything down, but got right to the recipes. When she did go into detail about different ingredients, she segmented them off into boxes on their own pages. I found myself drawn to reading these little asides since they were set apart and titled, whereas if they had been tucked into the introductions of the recipe categories I may have just glossed over them in my eagerness to get to the recipes. The photography was beautiful and made the food look delicious! I particularly enjoyed reading about the different salsas- I had no idea there were so many different ways of preparing salsa. I had assumed salsa was always made by mixing together fresh, raw ingredients, but not so! I enjoyed reading everything, though. Some of the dessert recipes had me salivating, and thinking I could really attempt to make them myself. A lot of cultural cookbooks (and Mexican recipes I've found online) make the preparation/cooking process sound intimidating, but the way the author explains things make them sound very do-able. I realize the author has a tv show, but I have never seen it. I would love to now, though!