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Great book for those who are passionate about baking. It explains a lot of different techniques and has plenty of recipes to keep you occupied for months. Only negative point that I have about this book is that many of the recipes are in rather large quantities which makes it a little less convenient for home bakers who just want to make 1 batch of a certain thing.
The book covers a broad range of relevant content and is really presenting itself as THE standard handbook for anybody who is seriously interested in pastry. What a shame that the quality of the paper and the binding is so poor. This is the kind of book that should accompany you for a long time. It is doubtful that it can with such poor material.
This book has really nice photos and imperial and metric measurements. Metric measurements allows one to be more accurate. It provides a lot of background on techniques and terms, which is really great. However, I was looking for a book that provides recipes that are more refined and less run-of-the-mill/industrial. For example, the use of sweet cherries in Black Forest Cake is a no-no. So, depends on what you are looking for...
It's a great book, but there are definitely some incomplete recipes. I wanted to make the german chocolate brownies but the main ingredient is missing- CHOCOLATE!!! Now I have to figure out how much I need so I can make the recipe properly.