This cookbook has a copyright of 2004. My mom gave me this as a gift. I have never cooked from this before.
I believe this came with two other cookbooks from Publications International (Crisco was one of the other two).
The book has chapters for Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Brownies and Bars, Desserts, and Gifts. There is a metric conversion chart. The introduction pages include Tips and Techniques (like how to store chocolate), Chocolate Garnishes, info about Baker's Chocolate products and a brief history of Baker's Chocolate. Standard index with a few pages to write notes.
Recipes seem pretty straight forward with no strange ingredients. That said, each recipe obviously includes some sort of Baker's Chocolate ingredient: Baker's Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate, Bittersweet Baking Chocolate, Premium White Baking Chocolate, German's Sweet Baking Chocolate etc. You will also find recipes that call for name-brand ingredients like Oreo's, Philly Cream Cheese, General Foods International Coffees etc. Most are items that other brands can be substituted.
Each recipe includes prep time, bake time, refrigerate time which is a great at a glance tool to help you know if you have time to do a recipe. Some recipes also include make-ahead info, possible ingredient substitutions, storage information, variations and "special extras" (like how to upgrade a dessert by drizzling chocolate on the top of the brownies).
There are a few photos, though not all next to the recipe. As an aside, I wish that cookbooks that print a photo of a recipe, say on a page with photos of several other recipes, would put the page of that photo somewhere on the same page as the recipe. Yes, I realize some cookbooks are smart enough to include the photo page in the index, but I still think it would be smarter to actually include it with the recipe.
Tons of great chocolate recipes in this book. Many are recognizable as old favorites your Mom may have made (Baker's One Bowl Brownies) or are new classics like Molton Mocha Cakes. On my list of possibles to try: White Chocolate Raspberry Cake, Cafe au Lait Cheesecake, Coconut and Pecan Filling and Frosting (doesn't have chocolate but sounds yummy none the less), White Chocolate Pound Cake, Chocolate Chunk Cookie Pie, White Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie, Walnut Fudge Pie, Brownie Bottom Pudding Pie, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Super Chunk Oatmeal Cookie Mix (great idea for a gift they show the mix presented in a jar), Chocolate Chunk Caramel Pecan Brownies, Chocolate Truffle Loaf, Chocolate Dipped Delights, Dark Chocolate Fudge, Chocolate Almond Biscotti.
Hmmm...what would YOU choose from all those chocolate goodies to make?
I realize in this day and age of "gourmet" and "artisan" chocolate, that something like Bakers Chocolate might seem a little behind the times. I personally have no problem using it in dishes and quite fankly it's usually readily available and cheaper than all those "upper crust" chocolate brands.