What I love about Ruhlman's book is that to write the book he actually enrolled in the school and went through the exact process and schooling required for a degree from the Culinary Institute of America. Throughout the book he talks about the various instructors, the courses, the stressful demands of school. As a reader you learn of the different courses, root for him to succeed, and imagine just what it would be like if you were there along side him. It is an extremely well written, honest book that encourages the reader to ask for themselves is this what I want? Additionally it makes the reader have a new respect for chefs and realize just what it entailed to truly earn that title.