You know, I'm not a bad baker and I have to say I was disappointed. Yes, this is a pretty book and interesting to look at but the recipes? Meh. Bland, structurally unsound, and all-over-the-place in terms of quantity (some recipes make 8 cookies; some make 8 dozen), this is one to read but not necessarily one to use. I did a whole bunch of these cookies for Christmas 2010 and just ended up going back to my tried-and-true cookbooks to make substitutions every time something didn't work out. Disappointing.