A Bowl of Olives is one of those cute little books you pick up just for fun. Full of delightful illustrations in each chapter, recipes scattered through the book that range from Onion Tart to Tarragon Chicken. Lots of food memories and descriptions of how to do place settings and having a picnic. I loved reading through this little book, the only complaint I had is the print is pretty tiny. the wonderful illustrations make up for it though. It is one of those little books you could keep on the coffee table, even though it is a small book, for your guests to look through.