- The recipes in the book, like the one for strawberry shortcake, are thoroughly thought-out. They're written in prose that's easy to follow, with specific details that ensure a successful outcome.
- The book includes plenty of traditional favorites, like lemon bars and pound cake.
- More seasoned bakers will appreciate contemporary variations on classics, like gingerbread made with Guinness, cocoa powder, and a dash of hot white pepper.
- Instructions for every dessert are shared with a loving recollection or nostalgic story, adding to each recipe's cachet.
- The book is heavy on text, and very short on pictures.
- Virtually all recipes involve multiple steps, and require a significant amount of time.
Recipes: There's a section on dessert in the morning, and it's filled with breakfast pastry ideas. In addition, many of the recipes are passed down from family. Some offerings:
- Chocolate Piecrust
- Fluffy Coconut Cake With Passion Fruit Frosting
- Double Crusted Caramel Apple Pie
- Brown Sugar Vanilla Ice Cream
Imagery: Virtually none. Of the book's 231 pages, only eight comprise color photos.
Overall Rating: If you're only interested in cookbooks that have pictures, then this one's not for you. But if you can move past the lack of imagery, you'll find a treasure chest of recipes that will delight any baking fiend.