I really enjoyed reading this cookbook. At the beginning of each chapter, there is a description of where the local food is made on the farms in the different parts of Scotland, a history of the food, and then some traditional and updated Scottish recipes. The reasons I didn't give it five stars was because most of the first half of the book I wouldn't use the recipes, a lot of the recipes required items which you could only get from the UK or at a high cost online (assuming they were available to ship), and I frankly don't like black or white pudding, Haggis, herring, Mussels, or Oysters. I have actually tried Haggis and it wasn't too bad, but not something I would want everyday. The author added her own personal touch to the recipes in the execution of them, as well as family photographs throughout the book. It's cool because you get to hear about regions you might not normally visit and the food they are famous for (esp the outer island), as well as places you have and their foods. I spent 9 months over in St. Andrews for school, so I've seen some of Scotland and know some of the things she is talking about. I will say the recipes in the last three sections look so good, from the pictures,I was nearly drooling on the pages, esp: White Chocolate, Almond and Raspberry Cake with Raspberry Frosting and White Chocolate Drizzle; the Blackcurrant and Bramble Cobbly with Oaty Streusel; and the Shortbread Toffee Crumble Ice Cream. You can tell I'm a dessert person, lol. The back of the book features contact information for the farms and shops that she describes throughout the book, so I'm going to have to check out some of their websites.