This is a truly excellent book for a home baker. Ms. Goldman gives shares her methods as well as her delicious recipes. She gives complete and accurate instructions and advice for ingredients as well as utensils to make your baking better, as well as a source list to find items that might not be in your neighborhood grocery store. The true test, as far as I'm concerned, is that I've tried several of the recipes already and they have all turned out as promised...delicious and beautiful to look at. Well worth the price.