Like a lot of others, I was thinking of fairy tales that are more common now and Amazon doesn't show the list. The cover image is Little Red Riding Hood so I assumed that the others inside would be of similar popularity. Not quite the case and I'll give you the entire list of those included:
-Hansel and Gretel
-The Frog Prince
-Goldilocks and the Three Bears
-Jack and the Beanstalk
-The Pied Piper
-The Princess and the Pea
-Puss in Boots
-The Snow Queen
-Little Red Riding Hood
-The Three Little Pigs
There is a great section that breaks down some of the tools and basic how-to's. There are also recipes included and comparing them to my current "go to" recipes shows they are pretty much the same. As far as the patterns, whoo, I'm a beginner and I was very intimidated. Some of them have just SO many different things you have to do. Of course, that is reasonable but that doesn't mean it isn't a bit intimidating to a novice. I did have to make a few trips for tools I wasn't familiar with and that introduced yet more difficulty because I wasn't practiced doing things with them.
On the other side of that coin, the instructions were super detailed and well pictured. All those points where you need to have a visual reference to see if you're doing things correctly are covered for the ones that I tried. There are even templates! As far as that goes, this is probably the best book I have for showing a person what to do for any type of cake or food decorating. Hands down.
However, there is just no denying that I simply have no talent. My pig did not look like a pig but rather a skinny, bald cat. My Rapunzel looked like she was wearing a bad hat and had smallpox. It was just not a nice looking end product for me. So, while this book is great for a beginner because it does show each and every thing one should do, it is for a beginner with actual talent. Alas, that is not me.