I cannot praise this book highly enough - every home should have one! I have used this book thoroughly and thrown away many fancy chef's books. I am vegetarian and regularly use the meat recipes - replacing the meat with veggie alternatives. The recipes go from the simple with a few ingredients to more complicated; clearly explained all the way through with tips and advice.
The book starts with explanations of all the ingredients: meat, pulses, vegetables, dairy products, etc; then progresses from soups and starters, main meals (meat, fish, vegetarian, for one, etc), accompaniments, hot, cold and frozen deserts, cakes, breads, sweets and finishes with drinks. I have found endless inspiration from this book and now refer to it and have confidence to adapat the recipes to what is available in my kitchen - knowing that I will have something tasty at the end of it. I am no Cordon Bleu cook - the total oppositte, but have managed to produce a 6 course Christmas dinner, using recipes from the book.