This is not how a cookbook should be published. Having too many photos and personal anecdotes makes it feel like we are preparing food for some other family. At least I feel so. For me, a cookbook should have a simple recipe and one or two photos about the recipes. Nothing more.
Another issue with the cookbook is that the recipes included are over the top and cannot be made every day. It is only for special occasions. That being said, the French onion soup was delicious.