Have you ever had a question about basic techniques in the kitchen? If so, Keys to Cooking could be very useful to you.
Even if you feel comfortable in the kitchen, this book, a "how-to" guide for the everyday home chef, could bring many things to your attention that you might not of ever even thought about.
If you have this book on your shelf, it could be just as useful and insightful as doing a Google search. It might even produce quicker results and answers.
This book consists of 24 chapters, which cover everything from cooking methods and kitchen tools, to every group of food there is- nuts & oil seeds or griddle cakes, crepes, popovers & frying batters- to name a few of interest.
Harold McGee covers it all. He sums it up in the introduction best by saying-"This book is designed to help you cook better by explaining what foods are, how cooking changes them, which methods work best, and why."
(I was not paid or compensated in anyway for this review, other than receiving a copy of the book- all opinions above are my own.)