This is one of my go-to cookbooks! I've had it for years, and it has delicious recipes. I also appreciate that the opening chapters of the book have helpful information on meal planning, nutrition, etc...The foods in this book are simple but good (and this is where I finally learned how to cook rice without making a sticky mess of it!) In addition to emphasizing good nutrition, there are also lots of tips on how to cook well and still be frugal with your food budget. And while I'm not a vegetarian, I have many friends who are and I know that they have appreciated not only that this book has a number of meatless recipes, but that quite a few of the recipes using meat are easy to adapt for vegetarians.