This book is absolutely the best Vegitarian cookbook that my wife and I have encountered. Not because the recipes are the most elaborate and mind-blowing that we've encountered, but primarily because they're not. The meals are all tasty enough to please my "meat and fried food" parents, the ingredients are available at the local grocery store (no trips to Zimbabwe to get some obscure plant), and they all take a very short amount of time to prepare. These are the primary problems that we've encountered with books like Moosewood; the ingredients are exotic at best, they take hours to prepare, and they taste extremely bland. Every recipe that we've tried from this book during the year-and-a-half that we've had it has been very pleasing, very flavorful, and the standard ingredients are those that we can expect to have around at any given time.