Each recipe in "The Rookie Cook" has been carefully tested and promises impressive results for even the newest of cooks. The directions are clearly written and easy to follow in this varied selection of hearty main courses, side dishes, desserts and more. There's even a section dedicated to planned leftovers - a truly economical time saver for busy households. Coaching tips appear throughout the book to answer possible questions that might come up while making a recipe. "The Practical Pantry" at the beginning of the book is a helpful listing of key ingredients needed to create a well-stocked kitchen. An illustrated guide to kitchen cooking gadgets is also a good teaching reference, and a glossary of typical cooking directions can help new cooks understand common recipe directions.