The Blended Learning Cookbook is a guide for professionals in the learning trade. In it, Clive Shepherd makes the case for an approach to learning production, which he calls 'Blended Learning 2.0', combining classroom training with the technology available for computer based training in the 21st century.
The Cookbook contains 28 'Recipes' for how to approach learning and development problems and four appendices explaining the larger concepts behind them. The scenarios are explained in simple terms with the solution (the `Blend') explained in a table showing the optimal blended learning solution to each problem. Apart from the recipes and appendices, an introduction outlining the case for blended learning gives a useful background..
On balance, the Cookbook is more use as an introduction to the concepts behind blended learning and its applications rather than as a comprehensive guide to its theory and practice. The recipes are more than numerous enough to convey the implementation of blended learning and all are backed up with Shepherd and Sazen's rationale. Steps for each stage of the project are given along with methods and media for their delivery.
As a newcomer to the e-learning trade, I would recommend it for the way in which it presents various scenarios and media solutions (some of which I was not even aware of beforehand) without getting mired in the theory. Those looking for a detailed guide to blended learning should look elsewhere, but it is a great resource for dipping into and finding practical inspiration.