Originally Posted by ironchef
It's great book if you already have an understanding of cooking. If you don't, I seriously recommend "Cooking for Dummies". Out of curiosity, I browsed through it at Borders the other day and it's really a good book for a beginning cook.
I know this is an old post but thanks for the recommendation, IC. I found that I had Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Fannie Farmer Boston Cooking School and Escoffier along with some others in a box of books I inherited. I've been reading them and the J Childs book has been very helpful but I can see that a basic book for a total novice like me would be helpful. I'll definitely buy this one.