This is not just a cookbook, though it is GREAT for that. He wittingly writes about how to cook, where to get ingredients, and advise on knives. The book breaks all the recipes down to make it more simple and gives advise to parts that you could mess-up easily. I have had it for a couple weeks now and have used 6 different recipes and they have all come out pretty good (limited by my abilities not the book). I am a beginning cook, and find it very helpful.