I wanted to like this book more. There are a ton of nice photos: well composed, well lighted, good detail. I was left with a feeling of disappointment, however, as the text accompanying these photos is superficial and lacking in a progression of ideas. This book feels like a sampling of foods from a foreign cuisine where there is no explanation of what you are eating, what's in it, or a progression of dishes through the meal, it's just a collection of random dishes. Filling, but not satisfying, if that makes sense. I much preferred A Japanese Touch for your Home as an introduction to Japanese dècor.