This book is really the catalyst that I needed to finally transition to a vegan diet. Five years ago I got really interested in animal rights and wanted to find ways to avoid cruelty in what I eat and in the purchasing decisions I make. However, despite trying numerous time to be vegan, I have also had numerous slip ups. This mostly stemmed from an aversion to meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking, which resulted in me eating many non-nutritious animal product laden meals on the fly. I've bought various vegan cookbooks over the years but that never really worked for me. I needed someone to hold my hand and show me how to put together complete vegan meals on a daily basis that are tasty and will meet my nutritional needs. This book gives that blueprint with loads of options, most of which are easy to find in conventional grocery stores. I haven't been afraid to tweak things she suggests. For instance, the first day she gives you a recipe for homemade marinara, but being a lazy novice cook, I purchased store bought marinara. Still, I tried to follow the spirit of that dinner's meal plan. Also, I am someone who doesn't mind repeating meals so instead of doing a different breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, I would eat the same thing for each meal for a few days in a row and then move onto the next day's meal plan. Thus definitely simplified grocery shopping. I am not 100% compliant on veganism yet. I still add half and half to my coffee and about once or twice a week I eat a bagel with real cream cheese, but that's about it as far as animal products go (and my long-term goal is to transition to vegan replacements of those products.) I am eating WAY more veggies than I did before (in fact I had to cut back a little on her suggestions. I'm just not quite at the point where I can eat an entire cucumber along with additional salad ingredients for lunch plus a main dish). Still I feel significantly healthier already and I am grateful that this book has helped me transition to a more cruelty free diet. I can't thank the author enough for the hard work she put into this book. It really, in my opinion, should be heavily promoted as one the vegan books of the year as it is instrumental in helping "people straddling the vegan fence" like me finally, with confidence, make a successful transition to a nearly (or exclusively) vegan diet.