The photographs in this book probably do not do all the dishes the justice they deserve, some are better (the 'nectarine pavlova' and 'baked peaches') than others and some of the photographs are quite dull and could have been better presented. Positively, some of these recipes do appear to have been made by children as the pictures depict.
The basics are covered in that there is a section of bread recipes, muffins, cakes and biscuits. A short chapter at the end of the book covers festive ideas for Christmas and Halloween (cakes, savouries and biscuits). The book is dotted with photographs of Tana and her four children.
If you are an experienced cook or baker and looking for new, exciting and challenging dishes to make, then I would say this book would not suit your needs. But if you like to follow easy and fail safe family type recipes, that most people will enjoy, then you will get a lot out of this book.
Most families would really enjoy these recipes and they would suit both everyday menus and other occasions, like cakes and biscuits needed for baking events at school fetes etc.
Tana has said in her introduction that she has set out to deliver "simple and real" family recipes and she does just that.
We (that's my good self and the hired help) tried out Tana's recipe for white chocolate, cranberry and coconut cookies. I have to say we were very pleasantly surprised with the result. The recipe produced quite a light sponge textured, buttery, crumbly biscuit that was packed with flavour. We loved them and would make them again, they were given a 10 out of 10 by the tasters here.
With thanks to Octopus Books who sent me this book to review.
The recipe in action.
The finished cookies.