This is a good book for people who are new to avocados, don’t have a lot of fancy ingredients, and need quick, easy recipes. It has interesting facts about avocados and good tips I found useful, mainly about how long they take to ripen and what to expect from them.
The recipes are simple to make. In fact, a lot of them were similar to what I already cook, so it was comforting to know that all I need to do is make slight alterations or simply just add avocado to my usual dishes. The recipes I wasn’t familiar with are easy to follow and fairly quick to make – a bonus for me, because I work from home, have 2 toddlers, and no time for lengthy or complicated. The most notable exception is the Morning Avocado and Potato Tortilla Wraps which I suggest preparing the potatoes and homemade salsa ahead of time so you can quickly assemble the dish in the morning.
7 of the 12 entree dishes are fish or seafood based with one chicken, 2 sandwich and 2 pasta. No beef or pork recipes, and amusingly, nothing vegetarian. This seems a little off balance to me. For families that are not big on fish and seafood, have allergies, or simply cannot afford it, having mostly fish/seafood recipes reduces the usefulness of the book.
One of the other things I didn’t like was comments in the book such as, “Get My Report” and “I used multigrain. Since this book is put out by a company (not an individual), it seemed odd to have a personal comment, especially when other parts of the book use, “our” and “us”.
I would have liked a picture of each dish as a guideline of what I'm aiming for, and because it's a recipe book! People want to see the food. Photos sell the food. Note: The photo for the Entree chapter was missing in my copy of the ebook (there was just a big box with an “X” in it.)
I would have also liked alternatives to some of the ingredients. For example, I have no idea what adobe sauce is. Is there something else I can use that I’d be more familiar with and more likely to have in my kitchen? Do I have to use chipotle peppers? Aren’t they hot? What can I substitute that would be more friendly for my toddlers? What if I can’t find any sherry vinegar? Can I use balsamic or red wine instead?
All-in-all, it's a handy little book with great ideas.