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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Okay, but not great.
on January 30, 2010
I actually bought this cookbook for myself, a gluten- and dairy-free adult. The recipes are divided into easy-to-find sections, and in between there are loads of little helpful tidbits about the ingredients. I love the idea of simple recipes that don't need modification to make them safe for me to eat, and while some of the recipes do call for corn, the author has included several ways to modify those recipes to make them totally allergy free.
I have two problems with this book:
1. Some of the recipes aren't what I would call healthy, especially considering this is a book aimed at kids. While the author does include some low-sugar recipes, there are also quite a few that call for vegetable shortening, and there are no alternatives for that listed.
2. I've had trouble with some of the recipes not cooking up very well, in particular the cookies, fritters, and black bean burgers. I've been cooking GF/DF for a year now and usually do pretty well, but even after attempting some of these recipes several different times they're just not working. Because of that I'm to the point now where I'm using this book only for ideas, then looking to other sources for actual recipes, which kind of defeats the purpose of owning the cookbook in the first place.
Not sure I would recommend this book as the main source for a family trying to cook allergy-free, but it does work as a source for those who are in need of some inspiration and new ideas.