The list author says: "Quite simply, I love to cook and I love to bake. I am always learning and always trying to find the best recipes. I once tested 17 sugar cookie recipes before finding one worthy of making again. The cookbooks here represent those which, from my limited experience, have given me guidance or a few excellent recipes."
"I use this book as a reference if I have a bit of this and a bit of that on hand... Say I have some cilantro but want ideas of what I can prepare with it based on items already in my pantry. I will look up "cilantro" in the book and see that it goes great with tomatoes, lemongrass, limes, coconut, and other flavor combinations."
"Quite simply - my go-to guide when I'd like to pair a wine with dinner in a way that will make the wine and the flavors of the food shine. I like to try my own combinations and experiment, but it's nice when you'll have guests over who say to you, "Wow. That lobster with butter sauce seems made for the Chardonnay.""
"What a baking book and what a woman! Buy this book for the blondie recipe alone. The muffins, bars, pastry cream, basic pastry dough (the sweet one), the blueberry crumb cake - wow. When I bake the same recipes twice in a two week time frame I know I have found recipes that I will continue to make over and over again."
"This is serious stuff. Faint of heart, do not purchase this book if you are looking for a quick, easy cake. The cakes in this book, particularly Woody's Lemon Luxury Layer Cake, are top notch. They involve careful measuring, time and patience. The payoff is that they are worth every moment. I flew the (unfrosted) Carrot Cake halfway across the country for a birthday party... it's that good."