Visual Basic 2008 Recipes is a book of ready-made coding solutions for programmers who don't want spend a lot of time reading.
Each chapter addresses a specific problem-domain such as multimedia, database access, XML manipulation, etc.
Each chapter then presents a number of common problems, with a solution following each problem.
Readers appreciate the recipe format, because they can look up a problem, read one to three pages, implement the solution, and then get on with their work.
Recipe books are ideal for those who want to spend their days doing, not reading.