The book is relatively concise and full of recipes that look & taste delicious. Additionally, I am recommending it because it is unlike any other cook book I have for several reasons: First, it is written by a woman who is not a recipe-book writer by profession, but instead a mother of 8 children who has been a vegetarian for 35+ years. As such all of the recipes have been created & refined by her (some with input from her children) and there seem to be few to none of what I would call `filler' recipes that you find in the books of people who work in test kitchens and churn out bizarre things that look good in photos and seem easy to make but turn out to be anywhere from bland to outright bad.
Additionally, Ms. Rodgers is very knowledgeable about the healing properties of foods, combining foods, etc. and reading the wealth of information she provides before, after, & in-between the recipes (albeit concise enough to peruse & learn from with ease) could enlighten even the most zealous of health nuts. Among this info:
women, meat/dairy, & osteoporosis; why to always eat raw salads before (not after) a meal, details about the evils of aluminum, why not to use cornstarch (and alternative thickeners), fruit combinations including but not limited to: always eat melons alone, eat raw fruit 30+ minutes before or after a meal but never with vegetables/grains, etc., what kinds of combos produce intestinal gas, why apple cider vinegar is the only vinegar the human digestive tract finds agreeable & how all other types actually interfere with the digestive process, hidden sources of MSG (she is adamant about Always Read your Labels), why you should Always buy organic peanuts (if you buy nothing else organic, because they are rotated with cotton which is the most heavily-sprayed agricultural product & they tend to absorb these residues up to the point where they can actually become carcinogenic), how to keep pasta from clumping while boiling, what foods are acid-forming (body doesn't like) vs. which are alkaline, why, if your soy cheese is made with casein (extracted from milk & used in the manufacture of wood glue) you had just well not buy it, that the highest mineral content of vegetables lies just under the skin, why not to eat iceberg lettuce, why to eat spinach raw & never cooked, tricks for ripening a rock-hard avocado, why you should NEVER use/eat canola or cottonseed oil, how to make delicious flavored vinegars of your own, that `the grain-and-dairy combination is one of the least-friendly-to-our-body -combinations we can create,' why you should never ingest/cook with/etc. water from the `hot' tap, apple cider vinegar as a low-cost and effective (more so than water) vegetable wash, why yogurt/dairy & fruit together hamper digestion, why you should not eat raw fruit after a meal, thinking it is the `ideal dessert,' how Chocolate & THC (in marijuana) have almost identical effects in the brain (also contained in Michael Pollan's book, The Botany of Desire The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World, which I also highly recommend) and a wealth of other information.
It's short & to the point enough that you can read all the text & recipes in ~2-3 hours and almost everything in it seems very good & different from your standard vegetarian cook book fare (I have 10+ vegetarian cook books and this is by far the best). Also it is 100% vegan except for the fact that she is a huge fan of clarified butter--ghee--which she explains about & how to make & which I'm sure could be substituted with a truly vegan alternative in almost if not every case. Another reviewer thought this (i.e. the relative absence of eggs & dairy products) was a negative aspect of the book, but honestly (although I am not 100% vegan) I appreciate the added heath and conscientiousness of her animal product-free recipes, and find them a welcome change from the excessive amounts of cheese-based vegetarian `meals' offered by typical cook books.
This is The Best vegetarian cookbook I have found--and this woman is a published expert on Handwriting! One of these West-Coast Renaissance women. You should definitely get this book.