I bought the first book for my daughter- after reading it I kept it for myself. So I bought her another one,.. then one for my girlfriend, and another for my sister. It's a wonderful, down to earth, practical book full of great recipes.
The recipes are a bit complicated for a book about making scaled down desserts. Although I recognize that baking can be complex, that level of complexity for two seems inordinate. However, there are interesting baked goods to try but I'm not sure how useful it is as a cookbook. Because I am not inclined to make these recipes due to their complexity for two, the cookbook becomes less useful. The downsized baked good versions from ATK's cookbook prompted me to search for other downsized recipes. In addition, there are no pictures of any of the baked goods except for illustration that are decorative rather than informative. If you're an avid baker who enjoys more complex recipes, the recipes are well proportioned for downsized baking instead of just dividing a normal recipes by half, thirds or quarters.
Outstanding!!!!!! Recently became "empty nesters" and this book takes the guessing out of trying to reduce recipes that are enough for just two...it helps us not to have the temptation to overeat and wasting money on food that you would typically end up throwing away if it become spoiled.The recipes are endless so I'm sure there is something for everyone.
I used to cook for a family of 5, so when all the kids left home (finally), it was hard to scale down. Even now that I've learned to cook only 2 chicken breasts :-), I still had trouble with baking. This book solves it all. We no longer have to eat a whole 9 inch cake! My doctor loves it.