Although I bought this book for a friend's son, I have this version and the prior version. I feel that this cookbook is virtually the best overall source for both new cooks as well as those of us who have been at it awhile. It quite literally takes you from how to set a table, to some very intricate recipes, and everything inbetween. My mother had a (much earlier) version, and referred to it herself. The Overstock price was better than I had anticipated, and as usual, it was shipped to me promptly. This has been the case with all of my purchases from Overstock.com.