I'm a sucker for the doctor. First I bought the cake book, YUM...then I saw this one so I got it too. It sounds kind of like cheating, I know; doctoring up ready made made food with fresh ingredients, but it works for me on many a night!
Anne Byrn has a way with food. I am in the habit of marking the pages of my cookbooks with post-its, so it's easy to find dishes that I liked. This book has a lot of post-its. Her chicken pot pie is the easiest, and best tasting I've made. I loved her curried chicken and artichoke casserole, and even my picky five year old cleans his plate for my chicken picatta.(Well, except for the capers!) There's a lot more than chicken though, she has soups,salads,even a chapter on desserts.
Listen, you can't be the Contessa when you've got a scout meeting and a soccer game. Try it out.
I like the dessert-related Doctor books, but this book did not appeal to me at all. In fairness, I cannot say if the recipes were good or bad because I didn't actually cook anything in this book... none of the recipes appealed to me enough to do so. Most looked boring or unappetizing... is a recipe for pork fried rice really necessary? Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole sounds yucky. Despite the book's substantial size, there are not that many entree ideas which is what I was looking for. There is a chapter devoted to pastas, but other books such as While the Pasta Cooks have much more appetizing recipes that can be prepared quickly from fresh ingredients. A big section of the book is devoted to desserts, which is territory already covered by Byrn's other Doctor tomes.
People with busy lifestyles would be much better off using quick and healthy recipes from Cooking Light or some other publication. Byrn should stick with desserts.