From Publishers Weekly
Boasting a low glycemic index and fewer calories per serving than refined sugar, agave nectar has been embraced by the health-conscious for years, and is becoming increasingly easier to source. Catalano, owner of Gourmet Whole Foods Catering and Cooking School in Milford, Conn., gives readers 80 ways to use the versatile sweetener in this impressive collection. Agave-sweetened versions of favorites like sticky buns, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake, lemon bars and creamy cheesecakes should be a boon for those previously unable to enjoy their sweets. As a bonus, a handful of recipes are vegan and gluten-free as well. Novices may be intimidated by the labor-intensive sticky buns and the prospect of making pie crust from scratch, but Catalano does her best to keep the recipes as simple as possible. As in many books of this type, ingredients like sprouted spelt flour, unsweetened soymilk powder and quinoa flour can be difficult to source, but Catalano helpfully provides a comprehensive guide to ordering them.
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"Exploring the delicious range of agave nectars has changed the way I think about sweeteners. Ania's book is a great place to find inspiration and get to know the nuances of this unique, all-natural sweetener." --Heidi Swanson, author of Super Natural Cooking
"We all need better quality desserts, and cooking with agave nectar--a clean, natural sugar--is a step in the right direction. Enjoy these wholesome treats." --Elson M. Haas, MD, author of Staying Healthy with Nutrition