I started to cook late in life and found this wonderful cookbook. I figured I'd start making cookies first - make my mistakes and gradually "move up" to cakes, breads, then on to dinner meals. I found the dessert recipes in this book - easy to read, easy to follow and most of all easy to make. The pictures really helped as well. My coworkers (my experimental ginea pigs) actually enjoyed my desserts and now I boast the best lemon bars in town! Thanks to Lee Bailey's great collective recipes. Although I scored it pretty high for being a novice cook -- I still get plenty of requests at family and business functions to make certain desserts from this cookbook so it is a well deserved rating!