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I pre-ordered this book since the Oh She Glows Cookbook was amazing (if you don't own it, buy it, it's absolutely fantastic). This second book, did not live up to expectations. There's too much junk and not enough good wholesome meals. I've made 15 things so far from throughout the book (not including homemade staples), and I'm running out of healthy things to make! Apparently people on her blog were asking for a whole chapter on cookies, she delivered. The junk food section is by far the biggest section in the book. Between the dessert options for breakfast (there is literally a cookie in the breakfast section), the overly decadent smoothies, the chapter on cookies and bars, and the chapter on desserts, this book would be better advertised as a dessert book with a few meals thrown in. Soups and sides make one small chapter as opposed to having their own chapter each. The entree section was disappointing, it's so small! The snack section surprised me, she opens with a comment on how she appreciates snacks so much more since she has a toddler, but the snacks are mostly crackers. I guess toddlers like crackers? And the one recipe that's definitely not a cracker I think would be better suited in the dessert section, "Banana Bread Muffin Tops" which are absolutely fantastic, but not a healthy snack. (They're on my cooling rack again right now, they're so good). Many people were complaining about the homemade staples section, but I really like that section, I refer to it quite a bit. The first book had some staples but this one has more which I really like. I make the mayo all the time (it's also in her first book), and the "cheese" sauce is so, so good! There are still many good items in here, for example the Caesar salad I loved, the arugula potatoes, amazing! Mac n' Peas so good! (But does not feed 3 as it says!) I wouldn't recommend not buying this book, but I would tell you that you need to be prepared that there is lots of dessert-type foods in almost every section and you're not going to get as many healthy meal options as you're probably expecting.
The recipes in this book were definitely less inspiring and fresh. I don't find the photos very appetizing. I'd also like to echo other reviewers comments about there being repetition. There are repeat recipes not only from the blog, and her previous book, but also within this book itself! On pg 25 we see Reset Button Green Smoothie (Family Size), on pg 27 Reset Button Green Smoothie (Half Batch)...are you serious? I'm astonished that they wasted paper on telling readers how to cut a recipe in half.
I have already picked out some recipes to try, and I do trust that Angela's recipes always turn out amazing. I don't think I've had a flop yet. The magic no cook caramel sauce sounds pretty yummy.
Moral of the story is, if you are trying to decide between this one or the first one definitely go with the first one.