on 8 December 2004
I bought this book along with the magnolia bakery book, and have not used any other cook book since. The recipes are old-fashioned and over the top(just the way they should be) and of course typically American.
And the fact that the book is American brings me to my one and only criticism of the book, all the recipes are in cup measurements, which could be problem if you live outside the USA or if you don't own a set of measuring cups(which i bought because of this book).
But don't let the only downside discourage you from buying one of the best baking books around. The wording of the book is short and sweet, the recipes are simple and easy to follow and the results really are worth the time and somewhat minimal effort you put in. (i've tried 6 recipes and the results have been perfect every time).
I would strongly recommend you buy this book(or go to the actual bakery, as I intend to, one day).
on 11 May 2008
So far so good. I have made 3 of the recipes in this book and all have turned out well. A few of the recipes look pretty ambitious but are outlined pretty simply. They are old fashioned cakes and pies with old fashioned ingredients. Just a note though, do make sure you have some cup measurements and measuring spoons as all the recipes use these as measurements. Only criticism is that I wish there were more recipes.
Overall a really good book that you will find yourself going back to again and again.