This is a good basic pie book. The recipes are reliable and tasty. This is a no-frills book, meaning it's not a fancy modern book with crazy/trendy ingredients like cayenne pepper or bacon in a dessert. This is pie your mother or grandmother made at holidays or special occasions. Standard recipes like banana cream pie, lemon meringue pie and crumb topped apple pie are presented (sometimes with variations). If you follow the easy to understand directions, you will have Good Pie, (which is the basic foundation of civilization as we know it). The chocolate cream pie recipe will turn out a pie so yummy you'll have to fend off the onslaught of neighbors weilding dessert forks.
For novice pie bakers: Don't be afraid to make pie. Pillsbury makes a ready-to-cook pie crust that is good enough that I don't make one from scatch. So, dump a few ingredients (milk, sugar, etc) in a pot, bring to a boil, temper your eggs (easier than it sounds), boil for a minute or so, pour into a pre-baked pie shell and you have PIE. The hardest part is waiting for it to cool.
I've had this book for years. Great recipes that anyone should be able to make. Yum!