Great review Suzanne! Besides being a great review, it also speaks to a topic that drives me nuts. There are way too many people out there that think cooking, at a professional level, is easy. Just read a few books, practice a few recipes and, voilia, you're a chef! While cooking can be pretty easy (humankind has been doing for tens of thousands of years), cooking at a professional level is a whole other matter. It can't be achieved by just reading cookbooks. It takes disclipline, practice, and a guiding hand to teach you. No book can adequately describe the sound properly searing mushrooms make, it can't tell you exactly how a steak should feel for a certain doneness (sure there are guidelines, but they can't cover all steaks), nor can it tell the precise moment to pull your pan of caramel off of the heat before it goes from that perfect bittersweet caramel to burnt sugar.