4.5 stars because the recipes call for whole spices to be ground as you use them... since I don't have the capability to do that right now, I just guesstimated and I think they turned out well.
That being said, I LOVE the recipes in this book - so flavorful and unique - and if you've never cooked beans in a crockpot, you are missing out! They develop an almost silky texture that I can't even get in my pressure cooker! Delicious!
I'll definitely be adding this one to my collection!