Delia's Complete How To Cook: Both a guide for beginners and a tried & tested recipe collection for life The book itseft gives a thorough explanation of cooking. It has detailed instruction and beautiful illustrations. It was marred however by the state it arrived in by post. The corner of the hard cover was damaged and worst of all the spine of the book was broken. It appears that very soon it will fall apart. Bad packaging Amazon! Be aware of this when purchasing. Unfortunately I had read a previous review complaining of the same issue, I did not heed it - I should have done!