When I got married, no one gave me the basic cookbook, so I had to go get my own. Instead of the ubiquitous Betty Crocker, I chose the new Pillsbury Complete Cook Book. And I have never made a recipe from it that turned out less than excellent. Even when the husband tells me 3 TABLESPOONS of baking powder (instead of teaspoons - so I had to scoop out some), and then mixes the dry ingredients without breaking up the baking powder clumps. It should have been ruined, but instead, it was fabulous, light, and completely from scratch.