I rather tire of hearing how 'boring and uninteresting' Delia Smith is perceived to be. For those who do not, or, indeed, cannot cook here is the finest set of 3 books (this being the last of the trilogy)that offer basic explanation of all cookery terms and ingredients in the simplist form which is easy to understand. The recipes are absolutely accurate - (never ever make the mistake of thinking that you'll leave something on the hob or in the oven for a moment longer than Delia tells you). For my part I cook well. I use many of the recipes found in this (and the other 2 books)and the compliments I receive belie the simplicity of her perfect instructions. A must have for all cooks and the perfect gift for anyone just setting up home!