I've had this book for 5 years. That alone is telling. I don't have much tolerance for keeping things around that aren't useful.
I'm not one to cook through an entire book, but paging through and checking my notes, I've prepared about 30% of the recipes in the time I've had this cookbook. Not only that, but I've enjoyed them enough to give many a repeat performance. There is only one recipe that has a negative note for being a little too heavily spiced for my taste, but that's easy to work around.
I enjoy the fact that Cherie makes healthy eating very accessible by calling for ingredients that can be found in a well-stocked grocery store. These recipes are not likely to bust your budget either. My family (husband, toddler, 4-year-old) will eat these recipes without complaining. In fact I think the more I use it and similar recipes it is setting them up to enjoy the taste of real food.
I enjoy Cherie's preludes to recipes giving some of attributes of ingredients in the dish. Often we're given thousands of healthy recipes but no indication what makes them healthy, or we are inundated with information about individual ingredients with no clues on how to really enjoy them. Cherie bridges that information gap nicely with this book of knowledge AND practical application for everyday meals.
I wish Cherie would provide more nutritional information than she does, like grams of fiber and protein, in the nutritional information breakdown. Also, dividing a large stew recipe by 4 or 6 when counting calories is no easy task, so approximating serving sizes (1 1/2 cups for instance) would have been helpful. Otherwise I would have given it 5 stars.
I wish Cherie would produce another cookbook like this. I'd love another 200 of her recipes. A cookbook this reliable and used is rare. If you are looking for an easy way to start eating healthier - check it out.