All good kitchen require this book. The older verions are better, but you can't find those to buy mostly, they are passed down in familys beacuse they are just so useful. But this version is still good. Although it reduses the fat in everything and has fewer good recipes for bread that don't require a bread machine. I find it very comprehencive. If I need to know how to braise, boil, or roast, this book will tell me. If I want to find a substiute ingredent, this is the place to look. If I want to find out what a cooking term means I will find it here. It really is a must have.