Who is Stacie? And why does she bake? - that was the first thing that came into this reviewer's mind when picking up this book. Perhaps that wasn't a good start.
Not being a great viewer of the interminable amount of reality/cooking shows on television, one was ignorant and similarly none-the-wiser to learn that Stacie "... is the judge for the sweet baking category on Simon Cowell's new series Food.glorious.Food" as well as a Masterchef 2010 finalist. Along with other talents, she is also a DJ.
This book starts with the usual kind of welcome and introduction followed by various run-of-the-mill hints and tips. One "feature" that did stand out was a definition of Stacie's baking terms, such as folding and crumb coat - a simple but welcome thing and something more books should do as not everybody is au fait with every single term that can be scattered about in a cook book. Even terms that might sound fairly obvious, such as "drizzle" are not always understood, or perhaps this reviewer has just had bad luck as a dinner guest where one cook's idea of "drizzling oil" was to liberally coat it as if you were painting a wall.
After reading this book one has been left with a bit of a mixed view of things. Whilst many of the recipes do seem interesting and relatively easy to make in a home kitchen, something just doesn't feel right about the overall packaging and compilation. The photography of the dishes are a bit variable, there is a bit of an overly sweet-saccharine in-your-face personalisation style approach to this book, with many pictures of Stacie in action (holding a cake, scowling at the camera and a rather unfortunate picture of lifting a cake with a face that a dog owner may recognise when they discover that their "plastic bag" being used to help clear up after their dog, who had a bit of a loose tummy, had in fact a hole in it!)
But for the price of this book, if you can get over the quirks and the design and just focus on the recipes, you might get a fairly good deal. This is not one of those books that you glance through to gain inspiration in a sort of half-relaxed way - at least to this reviewer. Fortunately there is a very good index at the end that lets you navigate your way around this book and possibly ignore much of the irritating excesses along the way.
The recipes themselves are easy to read and follow, there is a fairly good selection of pies, puddings, cakes and other baked goods. You might be inspired to get baking...