I received a copy of this book as a gift for Christmas. It looks very serious. I certainly need some instruction on techniques, because I am a horrible cook. But I am also lazy, and even if I were not slothful, I would not have a lot of time to devote to cooking. Is this the right cookbook for me, or is there another one that would suit me better? The most helpful cookbook I have found so far is a recent edition of The Joy of Cooking, but sometimes I think I could use more basic guidance on techniques, so that I don't burn so many things, or make them bland and soggy, or inedible for some other reason.