The list author says: "I've been baking since before I was in first grade. By 8th grade, I was cooking all the dinners for our family when my dad got sick and my mom had to go back to work. I still cook, but I really love to bake. It's fascinating to take the same simple ingredients and combine and mix them in different ways for completely different but equally delectable results."
"Everything I have made from this book has been fabulous and I've tried about 20 different things. The recipes are easy to follow and to make. Her explanations are clear and not confusing to a novice or any other level baker. The pictures are gorgeous and it's easy to make your confections look like hers."
"Great for beginners and pros! An absolute must have!!! Rose is a food scientist so her explanations will make everyone a successful baker. And everything is delicious! Also lots of info on pans, tools, and large cakes for crowds (weddings, anniversaries, etc)."
"These are the good old fashioned goodies that everyone loves. Cakes, pies, cobblers, tarts, ice cream, cookies, etc. These are the recipes your grandma used to make--pure, unadulterated comfort food. The coconut cream pie filling is amazing!!"
"Out of print, but incredible cakes! Recipes are listed separately so you can mix and match flavors. I always get raves on cakes from this book. The Silk Meringue Buttercream is tricky the first time, but it is so light and creamy, it's worth a few tries to get it right."
"Out of print but worth the search!! This might have been republished recently. Flo Braker is an amazing baker. Recipes are easy, clear, concise, and always delicious. You'll never buy Lemon Curd again once you've made her recipe (and it's so easy!!)."
"This is a cookbook, but has some of the best cakes I've ever tasted!! Try the Banana Cake, or the Decadent Chocolate cake, or the Carrot Cake--that recipe has gotten me 2 marriage proposals. I didn't marry either of them but it's the thought that counts!"
"All the recipes I've tried have been easy and she offers lots of variations so you can personalize the dessert for you or that special someone. I recommend this to novices. That way I know they'll enjoy their initial baking experiences and not give up. But this isn't just for novices; it's great for every level of talent!"
"This is great for people who say they can't bake. Although I find scratch cakes just as easy to make, sometimes I'm out of an ingredient, so I reach for a cake mix. Anne knows how to make a cake mix taste like a scratch cake. Plus she offers lots of tips on the best things to add to cake mixes to enhance flavors. Great book! Get the Chocolate Cake Mix Doctor too!!"