You know I'm all about the styling, and this cookbook is pretty good. I thought the photos and overall look of the cookbook were solid. It isn't necessarily pushing any boundaries, but I think it's an attractive enough book. Most of the recipes were photographed, which I find helpful.
This book is all about adding big flavor with "power" ingredients. Dina has a long list of these "power ingredients" that give a meaty flavor or texture. She also has general cooking/prep tips that are very helpful
In the book you will find recipes for Breakfast and Brunch, Lunches and Light Entrees, Dinners and some extra holiday favorites.
I liked that there were recipes that could be made from ingredients I have at the house. I always look for that in a cookbook, can I actually make anything in this? Will I have to buy a new pantry just to cook these? I will say that for some cooks the ingredients list might be a little intimidating. For the more ambitious cook there were plenty of more involved recipes as well, such as the "Beet Wellington". There are in fact, a number of beet recipes. This made me smile, I wonder if Dina is a beet lover like me?
I would have liked to have seen an estimated cook/prep time for each recipe. I find this really helpful when I am skimming through a cookbook for weeknight meal recipes. She has noted which recipes are vegan at the top of the page in green. Especially helpful if you are hosting vegan friends but aren't familiar with vegan dietary restrictions.
I own a variety of vegetarian cookbooks, but we are not vegetarian? There are just a lot of wonderful vege cookbooks out there and a lot of authors pushing and innovating in that area. I also have such a large garden that often fresh veg is available, ripe for the picking and free. Besides, we can't let the vegetarians have all the fun ;)
I received a copy of this book for review purposes, but opinions are my own.