I have to admit that I was first attracted to the book not because I have been to the Big Sur Bakery but because the name "Big Sur" always stuck in my mind from references to it in books particularly Helter Skelter which describes Manson driving around Big Sur. But I digress. The cookbook, although murder and cult free, is well written, focusing on the workers and producers of the food they sell seasonally. The recipes are easy to follow and the stories behind them compelling. I think it would make a great present as it has great pictures, stories and recipes--a more complete package than most cookbooks.