I also took this one out from my local library a couple of times. I chose based on Alton Brown's back-of-book reccomendation. I think it is a great read, although I wish Harold didn't include all that evolution mumbo-jumbo. I suppose that is a topic for a different kind of forum.:D I prefer reading Alton Brown for a "teaching" kind of book. Harold McGee's book is more like a food dictionary.