I have found that most people find the Ayurvedic ideas around food to be interesting but when it comes down to it, they just want to be told what to eat. Ayurveda has the unfortunate role of trying to fit into a modern world where the person trying to make themselves better is just too damn tired to think for themselves. No matter how often it becomes disproved, deep down most people want to believe an easy simple quick-fix is the solution.
There isn't. That would make no sense and could only really apply if the disease was simple and easy in the first place. However, saying that, there can be a simple approach to life to counterbalance the complicated.
This recipe book is wonderful. There is no Vata, Pitta, Kapha to confuse folks that do not fully understand how their doshas work. It presents the very basic ideas of well spiced food that is easy to digest and well prepared. It then categorizes it into Augmenting (building) or Extractive (reducing).
So as a beginner you get to reduce the feeling of overload in your life in general by cooking simply. Secondly you only need to focus on whether you need to build tissue or reduce it. There is information at the beginning to help you figure this part out.
The recipes are very easy to make, a lot of them follow a similar principle, and the ingredients are easy enough to obtain, in season. It's vegetarian. Should you require meat, that can be a side dish to go with the veggie and grain dishes in the book.
There are even some fun desserts and left over dishes and some healing dishes from an Ayurvedic panchakarma perspective in case you need a re-set from feeling like life is too much.
When you feel overwhelmed and there is too much food information out there over complicating your life, this book can be a bible you hold onto for awhile. It is an excellent companion.