I asked for this book as one of my Christmas presents and I am so glad that I did! I think it's amazing!!!
Toba goes over the basics such as filling, crumb coating, icing a cake, covering with fondant, and stacking cakes. A lot of times cake books are hard for me to understand what the author is trying to get me to do. The way Toba describes things I understand what she's saying. In addition to that, she has pictures for just about every step throughout the book.
She also goes over basic and special tools, piping techniques, gumpaste flowers, and recipes. But, "going over" these topics is an understatement. She talks about the subject as a whole and then talks about the components more specifically before she even starts on the tutorial.
Whether you are just starting your cookbook collection or have an entire library, this book is a must have!!!
The book has ten chapters: Cake Decorating Tools; The Icing That Make the Cake; Preparing & Icing the Cake, Easy Design Techniques; Buttercream Basics; Royal Icing Design Skills; Gumpaste Sugar Flowers; Ornaments, Inscriptions, Drapery, & Toppers; A Gallery of Cakes; and Toba's Favorite Recipes. It has 176 pages.