As Bittman states in his introduction, fresh ingredients are best, but like I said, I was feeling like a bit of a homebody, so canned tomatoes and frozen peas were a second best. Instructions were simple and it was an easy preparation. Just a bit of chopping, sauteing, and bam! Curry.
I'm embarrassed to say that my biggest struggle was the rice pilaf (pg.202). For some reason rice just makes me nervous. So much h2o and time put into such a simple ingredient. However with a combination of trust in the Bittman book and the instructions on the back of the rice bag- a miracle was born.