Baking has always been my favorite form of cooking, and so when I received this book as a present, it truly was the perfect gift!
The collection of recipes is a kind of "best of" collection of basics. There are also fancy recipes, to be certain! But you won't find, say, ten different types of chocolate cake in here. Why? Because in their usual fashion, America's Test Kitchen has experimented and found the "perfect" type of chocolate cake!
I don't always agree with their version of "perfect," but but that is mostly a matter of taste.
This is still my go-to book for baking, and is probably the best cookbook I have.
Highly recommended, with generous color photos! I also like the ringed "binder" style of cookbook, which won't keep closing on you, like a large, hardbound copy tends to do.