I am the type of cook who tends to add an extra teaspoon (or more) of cinnamon to a recipe, or throw in some cloves and ginger even if they're not called for. This book is a godsend for people like me, who like multi-dimensional desserts with a lot of character. A favorite is the Spicy Pumpkin Roulade with walnuts and candied orange peel, and for summer there are Mace biscuits with lemon curd and berries. There are a million that sound amazing that I haven't tried. Beware, though; a beginner would not be able to handle a lot of these recipes. I went to pastry school so I feel very comfortable, and an experienced home baker would be fine. There are some very intricate recipes with fussy fillings, etc, all well worth it but requiring patience. I LOVE this cook book!