I have too many cookery books already, so before I buy any new ones I now get them out of the library first. The majority tend to be quite disappointing: good to read, often full of stunning photos, but not really useful for family recipes. 'Make, Bake, Love' has been the exception. In fact, I ended up renewing it three times, and I am now sad it has been booked by another user and has to go back. It is going straight on my wish list for Christmas, since there are still several more recipes I would like to try.
My favourite recipes were: the ginger chocolate cupcakes, absolutely delicious even without the icing; the chocolate orange cake, also amazing just filled, but without the icing on the top; power bars; Canadian Rocky Jumbles, despite the awkward consistency for handling; apple galette, which I made three times it went down so well and finally tiffin, although I think I prefer a simpler chocolate biscuit cake. The only recipe which was close to unpalatable was the honey cake, which was heavy to the point of rubbery. I may have skipped a step in the instructions or done something wrong though.
I am quite an experienced cook, and I bake a lot with three young children to feed. I like recipes to be as simple as possible, and if they aren't already I like to find short cuts and ways of minimising on washing up. Terms such as creaming, rubbing in or folding do not faze me: I know what they mean. If you need to be held by the hand maybe stick to Delia or Mary Berry or something with step by step photos, which is where I began. This is more my speed nowadays though. I like the tongue in cheek humour and anecdotes too. Buy!!