This is truly a great book for anyone who simply enjoys baking but much more for all those brownie lovers out there. I agree with the title, "ultimate", no doubt about it!
This book has a great format dividing the numerous recipes into brownies and blondies. If you love both, it gives instructions on how to change and control the texture of them to make them more fudge-like or cake-like. Marvelous! The instructions are really basic, simple-to-use, and helpful even though if you've baked brownies once, you know how to make them for life. The ingredients aren't too hard to get most of the time so with a little experimentation, you'll be churning out the hits in no time.
It has a final section on icings, coverings, and frostings. They're all delicious and easy to make and include a few variations. Each recipe suggests one or two forstings that would complement it well so that makes it all the much easier to match flavors. With so many variations, if you wanted, you'd never stop creating new flavors for your family to enjoy.
I know I sound very enthusiastic about this book but I have good reason to do so. I really have nothing negative to say about this book, except maybe I would've liked some pictures but really, the recipes are so good that I'm not subtracting any stars for this. My family has enjoyed these creations for quite awhile now. A few favorites are the Peanut Butter Brownies, the Mint Brownies, the Coconut Blondies, the Coca-Cola Brownies, and the Chili Pepper Brownies (yes, chili pepper!) This truly is one of my favorite cookbooks.