I bought this for my mom, who's quite a good cook. Our first experience was pretty good. The tomato and date chutney was not something she would have thought of on her own, and would have been even better if it had been made with fresh tomatoes. She did say that the meal prep time was underestimated. If we had both been working in the kitchen, it probably would have been accurate, but a person working alone should take that under advisement. The meal also needed salt, but it's better to add salt at the table than to oversalt in the kitchen.