I have the soft cover version of this book. I fully enjoyed the book and recommend for those interested in heirloom vegetables. It answers the question for me as to why heirloom vegetables. Part 1 - Variety, the essence of Life, noticeable good quality sturdy paper used here and fantastic color photographs by David Cavagnaro. The text is great writeup on history of certain heirloom vegetables, the good reasons for maintaining those varieties versus the now commercially available types. The importances of diversity, saving seeds and open pollinated varieties. Very enjoyable reading. It is only in this part of the book that has all the color photographs, but Part 1 makes up kind of close to half the pages of the entire book. They are breathtaking photos. Part 2 - The Directory of Heirloom Vegetables, provides write up specific to the type of vegetables, short paragraphs on varieties available and days to maturity. Each very easy reading for all. and Part 2 (I think it should of been labeled Part 3) - Resources. This list the various seed suppliers with their addresses, phone, fax and short description of what they carry or specialize in.