I'm waffling between "I Like" and "It's OK" on this cookbook. I read several of the other reviews and thought about what they said. So far, I've made 3 recipes from this cookbook. I used the tip on how to ripen an avocado in a microwave, and made the recipes for the scalloped potatoes and the Jam Omelette (aka Avocado and Cream Cheese Omelette). There are 4 things I look for in a great cookbook that is easy to use: #1) Formatting #2) Pictures #3) Clear Directions and #4) Yummy Recipes. I've seen a lot of cookbooks with a combination of the four, but it's a rare cookbook that has all 4 things above. The one thing that it must have in order to be a really good cookbook, though, I think, is recipes for really yummy, good food.
So, does this cookbook have recipes for really yummy food?
#1 Avocado: Buy a dark avocado that is ripe (just not soft), not a green one. Otherwise, you'll end up with a watery tasting avocado that you can use, but won't be very flavorful.
#2 Scalloped Potatoes: Good, definitely tasted microwaved and not baked. But, I thought it was a good quick side. Just make sure you cook it long enough. It wasn't especially flavorful, though.
#3 Jam Omelette: 1/2 cup of jam was too much. The omelette cooked well, but my kids wouldn't eat it. Sometimes they're picky eaters. I liked it, but again it wasn't really flavorful.
I think this cookbook has great ideas and if you're a cook who doesn't like a ton of spice in your food, you would probably really like these recipes. If you have any of Hensperger's other cookbooks and like the food in those, you'll definitely like this one. I have her slow-cooker recipe cookbook and I found that the recipes I made from it were great ideas, but were pretty bland to me. I tend to use a lot of spices in my food.
As for the other features of this cookbook...
There are no pictures. the formatting is pretty good and there's lots of great information about microwaves in here! I was really impressed by that--even her inclusion of how to adjust the recipes for different size microwaves on pg. 23. The directions are pretty clear, but there are multi step directions for each recipe. It isn't simply one of those cookbooks where you mix some ingredients and then go stick the dish in the microwave and leave it alone. You need to take it out, stir or add ingredients, and cook some more. It wasn't too hard, but you really have to read the recipe through beforehand and as you're making the recipe to make sure you stay on top of it.
I like this cookbook and will keep it on my shelf. I want to try a few more recipes, but I will plan on adding more spice to them and altering them a bit. If you're looking for a microwave cookbook, this is definitely a good choice--it's much better than other ones I've looked at over the years for cooking with a microwave.