Buy the book. Its few faults are easily overcome with close reading. Cook's is not consistent in its recipe presentation details. Fractions in full size numbers would be easier to read. Shortening measures could be in grams or ounces. Who ever thought in 12 tablespoon quantities? Cook's could bring in novice bakers and let them try a recipe with no help but the book. Buy the book as a gift for newly weds. Good? One neighbor praised my chocolate chip cookies as the best he had ever eaten.