Mary berry taught me how!
I bought this book as a total novice cook, but wanting to learn. The recipes were easy to follow and produced great results every time. From having no confidence in the kitchen, I've become a half decent cake maker, and it's down to this book! There is info at the start regarding equipment and general mistakes people make, which I also found helpful. This book was one of the best buys I ever made, my kids and hubby agree too!