I bought this book so I could make quick, tasty dinners after work without sacrificing flavor, and I figured casseroles would be a perfect solution. This is a thick book, and it has tons of recipes. The recipes are a little difficult to read because of the color palette they chose, but I hoped the recipes would make up for it. I picked five casseroles, and while they all turned out and were pretty easy to make, I can't say I really enjoyed any of them.
First I made the Finnish Salmon Casserole so I could work some fish into the menu. The casserole is basically potatoes, onions, and salmon, none of which really has an assertive flavor, and it ended up very bland. The second casserole was Chicken with Mushrooms and Artichokes. This one was much better than the salmon, but it still felt like something was missing. Third was the Baked Spaghetti Casserole. This is basically spaghetti baked in a dish with cheese, and it was good, but I think heating up some jarred pasta sauce would have given me the same result and would have meant less work. For the fourth I tried something off the wall, since I was looking for flavor and hadn't found it. I picked the Chicken Curry Casserole. This was the strangest one, and honestly, the leftovers went in the trash. The combination of coconut milk, Indian curry powder, and green pimento-stuffed olives was really bizarre and definitely clashed. The last casserole I tried was the Chicken Diane, which was good, but also could have used some more flavor.
I guess I could doctor up each of these casseroles so that they're a little more interesting flavor-wise, but that kind of defeats the purpose of buying a quick casserole book. On nights when I get home late, I just want to read the instructions and cook, not analyze the recipe for weaknesses. I'm honestly a bit sad that it hasn't worked out, and I kept the book on my shelf for over a year in the hopes I would find something I liked, but it just recently made the trip to my local used bookstore. However, if you have eaters that don't like a lot of spice, this may be the ideal book for your family.