Comments: Sandra Lee is back smilingly singing her mantra of cooking with 70% prepared food and 30% fresh food. If you liked her first book, you'll certainly like the second.
Shopping is key to making this book work. You are unlikely to have all the ingredients on hand for any of these recipes, so you have to plan in advance and put together a pretty complete shopping list. Some of the ingredients are going to be hard to find especially if you feel compelled to follow Lee's brand suggestions to the letter. We believe she tells you which brands to buy because she thinks they deliver the best taste, work best in her recipes, etc. But, to us, it's a little tiresome, and it is just plain silly silly, silly, silly to tell someone which brand of sugar to buy.
Some of the dishes in this book look little better than airline food (when airlines still served food). Some of the recipes fudge on the amount of time it will take you to get something ready (when an ingredient list calls for sliced onion, someone is going to have to slice it and it's going to take some time). Many recipes look over-spiced to us, since that is a way to compensate for the blandness of most prepackaged foods.
Yes, this is a book that will make food snobs weep, but it is many, many notches up from running out for fast food. (OK, the three variations on Kraft Macaroni & Cheese are only one modest notch up from fast food.) But there's a lot of variety in the recipes, some look quite good, and if this book gets a family eating at the table one or two more meals during the week, we're all for it.