This simple but comprehensive book is designed to be the go-to resource for anyone who has just left home and is feeling lost in their new kitchen. It is perfect for anyone who is accustomed to quickly accessing information without delving through time-wasting anecdotes. It has photographs of fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, meats and fish with detailed descriptions and preparation instructions. The objective of the book is to make shopping for fresh ingredients a less intimidating exercise. It helps to know the difference between arugula and rhubarb before you get to the produce department. The book makes the entire kitchen set-up and food preparation process less daunting and encourages simple but healthy eating. Full color photographs allow the reader to recognize everything from kitchen utensils to endives. Shopping tips and suggestions of what to keep on hand in the food cupboard and refrigerator make the trip to the supermarket less stressful. A thorough glossary of cooking terms provides a reference guide to help the novice navigate through other cookbooks. Finally it has some simple step-by-step instructions for preparing healthy meals.