This one turned out to be mostly recipes. I'd been hoping for more memories, or more travel, or more besides recipes, but it is different because it focuses on spices and flavoring. There's a section to help the beginner with buying new spices, especially at ethnic stores, and then recipes for spices mixes and flavor pastes and then plenty of ideas of things to do with them. I've got a friend who would love this book.
This one also counts for Melissa's challenge, and so will the next one I'm reading now.