Larousse Gastronomique

As my user name implies, I have a lot to learn about cooking, and I am eager to do so. I don't want a lot of cookbooks because I don't see any point in having books that merely contain variations on one recipe or another. My go-to books are Cook's Illustrated Best Recipes and Bittman's How To Cook Everything, and of course the Web. But the book Larousse Gastronomique is a book that intrigues me. As I understand it the book is about cooking techniques rather than a collection of recipes. Is this a good book to purchase? I can get it for under $20.00 used. Are all the versions the same? If not, what is the best edition?

 
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