Good old Miguel, this series of books are great. Some recipes are a bit hit and miss, but that's the nature of the game, some you like, some you don't. But, give it a try, you don't like it? Nevermind, it was cheap, move onto the next recipe.
You'll need a basic pantry for a good experience , herbs, spices good oil, garlic etc nothing special but it will help.
I've got all 3 books and i dip in and out at least once a week. On the whole, dishes are simple and straight forward. Recommended for all levels.