for the most part, i'm a big fan of reason. facts. being right. you know, all the usual things an opinionated first born is drawn too. but every now and then, that gut sneaks right in. you know the one? yeah, that one you can't explain, you just know. right in your gut. that's how i felt when i first discovered orangette. i liked. plain and simple. i couldn't stop reading it, not to mention the cooking. because if i mention it, i'll go on and on about how great the recipes are. some of my favorites being the most simple, delicious ideas in the world. really though, it was the storytelling that just kicked me in the back of the knees. i like a good story. i love food. a good story involving food, well just forget it. since then, i've been lucky enough to get to know molly, to call her my friend, to meet her even! completely adorable. seriously. even more lucky, she asked me if i would want to be a recipe tester for her book. what?? you mean cook and then tell you what i think about it? sign me right up. in some ways for me this book has been a long time coming, not nearly as long as for molly, but still a long time. so when it showed up on my doorstep last weekend i was ready to dig right in. oh my word. i mean, i could give you a long long list of reason why i love this book so much (and of course i love me some reasons) but my gut tells me you need this book. need it. molly, you did it. congratulations my friend.