I confess....I have quite a number of cookbooks.
Don't you dare ask how many...but I have quite a few.
And my daughter loves to pull out one of them to make us dinner while she's at home from Purdue on break.
She's a visual learner...so the more pictures the cookbook has it in, the more likely she'll understand what to do.
She decided to cook Beef Wellington from Jamie's Food Revolution. Great instructions, great book...one you should have in your kitchen library.
The book showed the prepared Beef Wellington in the oven on a plastic cutting board (at least that's what it looked like to her).
This is what my oven looked like once the Beef Wellington was done:
Cost of new oven: around $700
Cost of new cutting board: around $10
Story: priceless...and one my daughter will never live down!