This is by far the best French cookbook published, what one might call the "cuisine bible". Every member of my family has had at least one copy over the past thirteen years. Recipes - from the standards to the international - represent what a real French homemaker can prepare for a variety of well balanced, healthy and tasty meals. Simple step-by-step directions, appealing photographs, and resourceful indexes guide the aspiring home-cook towards the pleasure of preparing and eating wonderful dishes. I have even used this cookbook in French classes.