This is my favourite recent cookbook and one I'm glad I bought.
It's designed gorgeously as some of the other reviewers have said - simple and not fussy, with inducingly mouthwatering super-duper photos of the recipes. About 90% of the recipes have accompanying pictures, which is a huge plus for me.
Chapters are; Techniques and Equipment, Biscuits, Cakes, Fairy Cakes and icings (huzzah - a return to Fairy cakes!), Fruity cakes, Tarts and pies, puddings, Breakfast goods, A cup of tea and a bun, Special Occasions, and Basics. Basics covers meringues and a few pastry recipes, plus things to cook and prep that accompany baked recipes, like lemon curd, brandy butter and a new one for me, pastry cream.
There's a superb range of recipes here. Most of them are the classics that you've probably either done before or want to have a go at like Bramley apple pie, eccles cakes, and a Victoria sponge, to things that you may not have heard of, like Cornish saffron cake, and poor knights of Windsor (an adult eggy bread with some alcohol), and recipes that should impress anyone - the carrot cake with honey cream cheese icing, and the marshmallow teacakes (never seen that in a recipe book before) to name just two. I've also noticed that these recipes aren't overloaded with fat and sugar, in the way that Nigel Slater's cakes and deserts aren't either.
Each recipe has the prep and cooking times, as well as how long it keeps, and the instructions are clear and detailed. All very helpful.
I made the banana nut loaf and the buttermilk scones, both very good but the loaf was out of this world! Substantial and not sickly, it was like no other banana loaf I've made before. Don't know if it was the butternut milk used that made the difference but it was terrific.
A small criticism is that at the back I would have liked a list of stockists but apart from that, this book is just magnificent.