This book has everything you need to bake the most common American desserts. From brownies to cake to tarts, there is a recipe and explanation for anything you might think of for a holiday gathering or night in with friends. Not only that, but the recipes are modernly portioned so you don’t have to do the math on halving a recipe that makes 6 dozen cookies. If I was first learning to bake, I don’t think I would need to go much further than this book. Even as a semi-experienced home baker, this book is a fantastic resource for reasonably-portioned classic desserts that don’t take an entire evening to bake. The only criique I would have is the beginning information is a bit tedious, but overall I really love this book.