As I mentioned in the introduction, there are three schools of thought about what kind of diet your dog should have: cooked, raw and carnivore (bones & carcasses). Read the first page
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Nice photos, but no good advice on home prepareed foodMay 19 2007
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Going just by looks, it's a cute book with many nice photos, but if you want real information on how to prepare home made dog food that will keep your dog healthy in the long run, don't waste your money.
Recipes do not show for what range of body weight the amount of food is suitable, are poorly researched and not formulated to provide proper amounts and ratios of nutrients (e.g. none of the home cooked recipes contain a calcium supplement to create a correct calcium to phosphorus ratio, which is very important), and one of the recipes even contains sultanas, which, just like grapes, raisins and currants, are known to be toxic to dogs, with the potential of causing kidney failure.
While not every single meal your dog eats has to be "complete and balanced", nutrient requirements must be met on a consistent basis, and feeding the way this book sugests is not going to accomplish it.
"Dr. Pitcairn's New Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats" (ISBN 157954973X) is a far better choice if you want to leave storebought dog food behind.