Psychologist and TV talk-show host Friedman (A Hero is More than Just a Sandwich, 1986; Smart Cookies Don't Crumble, 1985, etc.) here dispenses with strained culinary puns to offer friendly and generally sensible advice to women on learning to respect themselves and take responsibility for their lives. Friedman identifies "The Feminine Mistake"--looking to others for validation and fulfillment, rather than within oneself--as a major pitfall for women. She then gives guidance in specific areas, ranging from the expectedly intimate (men, work, shedding the baggage of one's childhood, conquering fears and negativity) to, laudably, the global, recommending that a full life include making a contribution to society and to the future of the planet. The one striking omission in her survey of the range of women's concerns is any specific discussion of motherhood as an area in which many women have difficulty preserving a sense of the importance of their own needs and goals. Nothing especially new or striking here, but the book's comprehensiveness, hopeful approach, and accessible style make it a worthwhile primer in self-exploration for a mass female readership.