This is an excellent book for someone who has no idea about cooking. The pictures are really good for showing how to cut and chop, how individual ingredients are prepared and added, and how a dish should look as it cooks. It covers simple down-home dishes like scrambled eggs, but it also offers recipes for salads, soups, and stews in which basics are given a bit of a twist. I recommend it for any young person who is moving out on his or her own for the first time. But even an experienced cook can learn new techniques. This won't be the only cookbook you will ever need, but it will certainly take you to the place where you can use with confidence any other cookbook that strikes your fancy.
Simple fundamental basic things found in "How to Cook Everything The Basics." There are so many cook books on the shelf; some cookbooks are generalize (recipes your mother used), others are specialized for dieters and usually tout the absence of one item or another, and of course vegetarians.
Again with the stressed in this book is the basics no exotic stuff that requires weird devices and on time is to produce. There's still a great variety of recipes in this book and most of them you'll find that useful. However it's not the recipe but the techniques used in accomplishing these recipes that makes this book exceptional. These techniques can be applied to many foods that the book did not have time to show you.
Being simple this is a great book to start with for things that are fun to combine and cook.