The recipes in the cookbook are very well put-together. But I've found that the discussion in each section about why the recipe works, and what other options they tried when they were testing the recipe, is even more valuable.
The content of this book, while somewhat basic, covers an awful lot of useful stuff. But what really has me giving this a full 5 star rating is the book's format: everything is linked to everything else, which really makes this book stand out as a great reference tome.
I'll be looking for more Cooks Illustrated Kindle products, they did an excellent job here.
This book was free when the Kindle 2 first came out, but I think that it's still worth it even now that they're charging for it.
This book is not, however, a cookbook. It's very light on actual recipes. This book is actually a how-to-cook book. It tells you how to select good produce and what "blanching" is, and how to do it, and what happens if you blanch too quickly or slowly. It tells you the different kinds of potatoes and what kinds are best for baking or mashing or stewing. This book doesn't only tell you what to do, it describes the various things that commonly go wrong in a lot of recipes.
If you're a total noob in the kitchen, a regular recipe is only going to confuse and daunt you, but this book will help you on the way to relieving yourself of your dependence on delivery boys for food.
This very special Kindle collection covers all the culinary ground, from barbecue, grilling, garden vegetables, holiday roasts, potatoes, soups, stews, stir-fries, pasta sauces, pizza, appetizers, salads, shrimp and shellfish, to pies, layer cakes, cookies and brownies, holiday desserts, ice cream, simple fruit desserts, and lots more. It's all you really need in the kitchen and it all sits nice and handy on a Kindle as well. Now your own definitive recipe collection is portable and easy to access, the perfect helper in the kitchen.