This book has great information and tips. The basic instructions with picture aids help tremendously. I learned so much just in the first few chapters (as a beginner)! Not to mention she gives you all her best recipes for cakes and icings! The only thing I didn't care for was the older fashion style of her cakes. Most of the instructions for the details to the cakes, I would not personally use (which was half the book). However, overall I enjoyed the book and I am figuring out how to adjust her details to my style.