When you have as many low rated reviews as you do good reviews you've got to figure there's something wrong with the cookbook. But I purchased this cookbook just for the chapter Strategic Sunday Dinner. It's the same premise as Semi-Homemade Money Saving Meals (Sandra Lee Semi Homemade) meaning you cook some big meal on Sunday and then use the leftovers to transform into other meals for the next 3 days. The goal is to make it to Wednesday.
The first recipe for Sunday is Flank Steak, grilled vegetables, and corn bread. Then you're to turn the flank steak into summer rolls w/dipping sauce, mexican steak & eggs, and then cuban sloppy joes. The excess grilled vegetables then become pasta & bean soup, chicken paprikash, and jambalaya. The corn bread then becomes corn griddle cakes, oven-fried catfish (cornbreading), and then vegetable pakorsas.
I also loved the chapter "8 things to do on the weekend" and it was to make a marinara sauce, boil a pot of beans, roast a chicken, caramelize onions, make a vinaigrette, wash greens, blanch vegetables, mix a chili blend, and freeze ginger garlic and onion ice cubes. I regularly make a crockpot of spaghetti sauce and let it simmer in the crockpot all day to use through the week. This recipe for marinara was good but I would suggest getting Saving Dinner: The Menus, Recipes, and Shopping Lists to Bring Your Family Back to the Table. She has a 40garlic chicken that is awesome and I really liked the sauces she has a little better than this one. But it's all personal taste.
A fair number of the recipes are ethnic inspired. There's avgolemono soup, lamb, coconut chicken curry, borscht soup, buttermilk avocado soup, etc...some of the recipes might be a turnoff to small children. I like trying new things so you be the judge whether your family will eat it.
The pictures are good quality, the pages are glossy so they'll wipe clean, it delivers on what it says.