I own the 1996 updated edition of the author's Complete Vegetarian Cookbook. It is a comprehensive volume with lots of photographs of the completed dishes and is decidedly user friendly. This new updated edition of that book, while still a serious volume, has few photographs and most of those are generic in nature - a grouping of raw nuts, a plate of strawberries, eggs laying on a kitchen towel, uncooked pasta, etc. All are artfully arranged, but are decorative, not useful. With a book like this, a few more photographs of completed dishes would have been welcome since there are almost none.
The original book is a gem which is why this edition is disappointing. Being a hardback should be an improvement, but although there is an attached ribbon to use as a page marker, the book doesn't stay open on the countertop -- and from that distance it is difficult to read. Also, I always test the paper when writing a cookbook review and unfortunately the smallest splash, although immediately wiped up, stained the page, so a cookbook holder is necessary or the cookbook is going to look unappetizing, quite quickly.
Each chapter begins with a photograph - like the eggs on the towel - which is followed by a colored page where the author begins relating her thoughts on the subject matter of the chapter. Unfortunately, the color page is printed with white ink, which renders some of the material unreadable. It is particularly difficult to read page 174 - the white ink just disappears into the pale green page. Cookbooks are a tool and anything in their construction that gets in the way of that usage should be noted. That said, these are decisions made by the publisher, not the author and are worth noting if for no other reason than these issues arise in the new edition, not the old volume.
This new edition could have capitalized on the already successful book - perhaps with more photographs and a larger font size to make it easier to read, or adding a vegan chapter. Instead, this seems to be a step backward. If possible, before purchasing, take a look at the book in a library or bookstore, especially if you already own an earlier edition.