This Cantankerous Cook has a problem. I am trying to determine if I appreciate the wonderful spectrum of exotic ingredients, labor-intensive technique and business savvy that goes in to each and every Charlie Trotter effort. Or... there is always an or... if his cooking is so narrowly suited to the taste of one person that the ecclectic items are too 'over the top'. I fully understand and appreciate his sense of balance, not only within the dish, but from course to course. It really is a gift to balance so well. However, is $50 an investment you are willing to make in a somebody's culinary diary rather than a cook book, in the sense of what we all accept as a cook book? If so, how do you explain any of the dishes? Again, I understand his expression and his art, but... ne'er I ask, is it cooking? Skip the philosophy on composing edible items defines it as cooking. I mean is it cooking? Please don't beat me up for asking!