I enjoyed this book. The immersion into historical India's caste system was educational. The spices and ingredients used to make certain dishes and to make henna was fascinating to read about. I liked how Lakshmi had a journey of development from the beginning to the end of the book. I liked how the bumps in the road of her life gave her pause and taught her new things about herself and others. I am following this author and look forward to her future works.