This is a concise guide that summerizes all the best tips from other cooks and the author himself. Think of it as an updated version of "the Joy of Cooking". If you are a fan of Altan Brown you'll appreciate the information here because, in each section, he explains the basic science and techniques before listing the recipes just like AB would, which allows you to understand the recipes and modify it to your taste. This book has a good collection of both traditional and "exotoc" recipes to try. A great all-round reference book for the kitchen.