No, this isn't a rehash of America's Cook Book. It stands on its own merits, and is written definitely for beginning cooks, of all ages. It makes cooking enticing -- it was all I could do to resist it then and there, and it has gone on my cook book shelf. It starts with outdoor cooking, equipment, method, etc. Then, for the kitchen, it begins with simple baked dishes, with the necessary tools and equipment, with the terms for cooking. Then for afternoon refreshments, -- sandwiches, drinks. As a preparation for regular cooking, an excellent discussion of order of work, timing, and so on. The balance of the book covers breakfasts, ""brunch,"" breads, soups, dinner (planning, ordering, service), meats, salads, desserts, cookies and cakes, preserving, pickling, candy. Every recipe has minute details as to necessary utensils, method of preparations, timing, and expected results. There is a chapter on ""Alone for the day"" a good starter in general housework. Then there are sections on school lunch box, entertaining, carving, parties, and invalid trays. A good all round cookbook for simple basic cooking, applicable from twelve up.