I have made over half of the recipes in this book and every one is excellent. The directions are clear and concise and easily followed by even the novice cook. Pictures of each cookie make it clear how they should appear and give you interesting decorating tips. I particularly appreciated the storage and freshness keeping information. Tips on shipping cookies is also included. For the experienced baker the gingerbread cathederal challange awaits. If you want to win friends and gain a reputation as a prize baker, this is the book for you.