I just watched The Secret life of Bees on instant amazon based on all the recommendations here. I loved it! I want to read the book now. I usually read the books first and watch the movie later but I am involved in so many books now, this one will have to wait!
"Omit and substitute! That's how recipes should be written. Please don't ever get so hung up on published recipes that you forget that you can omit and substitute."
Jeff Smith, The Frugal Gourmet