This cookbook has a copyright of 2003. I bought this book at Costco in 2003 for $9.49. I have never cooked from this before.
I bought Anne Byrn's The Cake Mix Doctor when it came out in 1999 and baked several things from it which all worked. I remember when I saw this cookbook thinking I'd get lots of use out of it too. I would liken this cookbook to Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade series...lots of quick, simple dishes to put on the table with little fuss. The recipes don't have lots of ingredients or pages of instructions. Lot's of recipes that include easily found canned or boxed supermarket ingredients or that help you doctor supermarket items (think rotisserie chicken) to make a meal. Most of the recipes look like they take about 20 minutes to an hour start to finish.
The first several pages have photos of a few of the recipes, but most of the recipes don't have photos. Almost all of the recipes have tips and suggestions on how to make variations of the main recipes. Through out you will find pages like "15 ways to doctor a can of tuna" or "15 ways to doctor macaroni and cheese". There is a pantry list of things one should have on hand but quite frankly most of the pantry items are the ones I've tried to get out of the house (processed foods).
The recipes seem pretty easy to follow. There is no nutritional information but considering the processed foods I'm not surprised.
My first pass though this book made me think "not cooking" and I couldn't really find anything to make. Then I realized that at least once a week, we rely on "doctoring" canned or take-out food because we are so busy. It's nice to think that we can cut out all processed foods from our diet, but with both of us working and with our busy lifestyles, that's not always possible. So though I won't fill my pantry with the items Anne Byrn suggests, I might find a thing or two to cook from this book.