This small hardcover book is filled with easy to understand information written in manner that is enjoyable to read. It includes a wealth of information about the science of curing, equipment needed, bacteria and molds, methods and ingredients, and recipes. But what, I believe, makes this book valuable in addition to the information are all the pictures, of which there are many.
In addition, this book was encouraging. I really felt the author's passion for his subject and felt that he did a great job of demystifying the art of curing and smoking.