My sister got me the book 4 Hour Chef for my birthday and I have to say I enjoy what I've read so far. There's a lot of info in this book, and not all of it is cooking related, but I've found all of it interesting. I thought it'd be fun to actually follow/learn from the book and I've always wanted to cook by way through a cookbook. Interestingly the recipes are laid out in such an order as to help slowly build one's skills. I don't think I'll be able to follow the time frame suggested (2 meals a week) due to work schedules and (mostly) due to the cost of supplies, but I plan to tackle each recipe when I can.
I tried my hand at the first recipe, Osso "Buko", a delicious lamb recipe that basically comes down to just throwing everything in a pot and cooking it. The goal of this meal is to teach some basic knife skills (in which I learned that I've been holding my knife wrong all this time) and gain some confidence. It was a fairly easy dish and came out really well. To complete the meal Emily made a spinach side dish and we used some of the leftover wine as a drink.
I'm not sure why the photos of the lamb turned out so yellow while the spinach photo looks just fine. That's a photography question.