I was looking forward to reading Shirley Corriher's Cookwise, but I have found her book to be very disappointing. The book's organization is very strange--it may make sense from a biochemical standpoint, but not from a cooking standpoint. For example, while having a chapter on fats may make sense chemically, having information on pastry doughs, deep frying, and sauteeting all in the same chapter makes no sense for the home cook. Admittedly, Corriher does provide a conventional index for her recipes, but the organization of the book is so confusing that I find it takes me far longer than it should to look up information. While I do think that she gives some useful factual information, the recipes she provides are less than helpful. Corriher has tried so hard to make recipes that are foolproof that she loses sight of what the typical cook has in the pantry. As a frequent breadmaker, I found her approach to breadmaking especially strange in this regard. I have never before seen a bread recipe which calls for Vitamin C tablets, and while I have no doubt that the recipe works, I doubt that many of us have it available in the kitchen. It would be far easier for me to try to make bread without Vitamin C and crushed ice and risk a failure (which is rare in basic breadmaking) rather than go to the trouble that Corriher goes to. In fact, very few of the recipes are feasible unless you have duplicated Corriher's pantry--a bread recipe which calls for four different flours plus flax seeds (?!) may work well, but is not helpful for the cook who wants to make bread NOW and is lax enough to only have two types of flour on hand. On the whole, I would much rather be reading Harold McGee's The Curious Cook or Anne Willan's La Varenne Practique.