This was the first cookbook I found upon deciding to become a vegan; I consider this to be a stroke of great luck. Ms. Raymond does a fantastic job of setting you up for healthful cooking: She helps you stock your pantry, explains foods which might be new to a beginning vegetarian, gives nutrition information, and included a cornucopia of easy and delicious recipes. She does not rely on attempts at mimicking foods which contain animal products, but supplies foods which stand easily on their own two feet. Even I, a kitchen klutz, get excited every time I open the book. A must for any kitchen, vegetarian or no.