A lot of what is in the beginning of the book are things I wish everyone already knew. I'm OCD when it comes to sanitation. I guess to some people it's not always "common sense". The book quickly explains sanitation and not cross-contaminating which I had to teach my husband. He'd never thought of not putting raw chicken and raw veggies on the same cutting board. The book tells how to set a table correctly is very explanatory.
As far as another post mentioned, "dry hand-wet hand" is not that critical in the home. Nor is baking a potato with foil wrong at all. Do what you want....make a mess, but wash your hands. This book is great for those who just want to know the basics, not for those who want to work in a high-end restaurant.
I am not a cook at all. I burn everything and most of what I cook and eat, my family won't touch. It has come down to this: I'm not a bad cook, I just have different tastes and ways of doing things. This book is good for Elementary school and Jr. High aged kids to learn the very basics. My daughter is 7 and is learning all of these things. When I was 13 I didn't know how to make macaroni and cheese--I don't want my daughter to be in the same place I was. I'm teaching her really young to know how to make basics and not be afraid to try like I was. I love all of the pictures and step-by-step instructions in this book. I thrive on photos!! Perfect Book! And not wanting pay for it! Thank you for having the courage to write a simple book. You "know-it-all's" have no place reading this anyway.