I devoured this book in a day. I'm not a 'foodie', so it wasn't the food writing that sucked me in - it was each and every character. People from all different backgrounds come together to take a cooking class and each chapter gives you a glimpse into their lives and what has led them to this class. And in every person's story - the cooking class has some way of improving/changing their lives. It was hard for me to pick a favorite character because I ended up liking them all so much! Very good book.