This is the kind of cookbook I have been hoping for, one that is not only original and informative in its inclusion of tempting dishes, but that supplies the know-how for the cook who would become a better cook. It is a miniature Cordon Blew for the American housewife. Mrs. Robbins assumes an understanding of basic principles -- the book would not do for the complete neophyte -- but she goes even behind those principles, she amplifies the instructions by indicating the whys as well as the hows, she suggests variants in interpretation, and the reasons for them, she charts the course she has chosen, and suggests the results. General rules-specifics-fine points -- such is her method whether she is discussing breads, soups, meat, leftovers, poultry, fish, vegetables, salads, sauces, desserts. There's an excellent glossary -- the best I have found; there's a provocative list of utensils for the perfect kitchen equipment. Tops!