Excellent book. I love Martha and this book has all the basics and essentials that you need to know if you really like to cook! My mother doesn't like to cook and never really taught me anything about the kitchen and cooking. Martha taught me to cook!
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From the moment I started reviewing this book to the moment I needed to use it for reference and recipes, I loved it. Really well presented. Simple instructions - with enough detail to explain WHY you need to do something. Dessert instructions are included in the back ---which I was not expecting. If you want a reference book for things such as; cooking utensils, different chopping techniques (veggies), cutting up a chicken, tying a roast, how to make fresh pasta, different spices & herbs, poaching a duck, grilling, homemade salad dressings, this is the everything book. Pictures are throughout...which is something that I need for cooking. This is my very first Martha Stewart book (although I have tried many very good web recipes). It's a winner. I'm enjoying this book so much that I bought one for a gift for my friend who can't boil an egg to save her life!