This is a great book for someone either just starting to learn their way around the kitchen or an experienced cook trying to master an ellusive technique. There are tons of pictures of completed dishes and step-by-step shots of recipes. Classic techniques are broken down to a "I can do that!" level. Martha even covers what pitfalls to avoid and troubleshooting when a recipe doesn't turn out. This book covers everything. Want to know how to use and store fresh herbs? She'll tell you. Truss, roast and carve a chicken? It's in there. Make a cake from scratch with homemade chocolate buttercream icing? You'll never go back to boxed mixes and canned icing. The steps and pictures make it easy. Its chock full of delicious and easy recipes for dishes and desserts you might think are out of reach of the home cook. Great for anyone who loves (or wants to love) cooking.