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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 NutritionSee all Editorial Reviews
I've made one recipe, the oatmeal sandwich cookies. They came out great! My dad is a diabetic and he loved them. I'm planning to make the cheesecake in a few weeks. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Les Ismore
I love the recipes, but the instructions for the sunrise carrot muffins are under the blueberry muffin recipe and the Carrot muffins have the blueberry mixing ingredients... Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Rosebud
This cookbook is wonderful. I can't do sugars or refined flour so this was fantastic for me. The recipes are so yummy.Published on June 1, 2013 by minisnmore
I lost my first version of this cookbook and couldn't be without it. Lots of fabulous recipes that have never disappointed and I am a high altitude baker!Published on December 25, 2012 by Terry
I have decided that I can't give up desserts so they might as well be healthy, the first recipe I tried was spicy pumpkin muffins, the only thing I added extra was bananas, I... Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by Christy
I have tried a few recipes in this book (with modifications) and have had good results. The recipes are interesting and varied. Read morePublished on March 17, 2012 by Anna
This little cookbook has many tasty recipes for sweets that are almost good for you. Ideal for sugar junkies trying to live a healthier life. Read morePublished on November 9, 2011 by PamiD
Very satisfied with my order. Would order from them again. We have received it early. And that was good because it was a birthday gift. Would recommend.Published on November 3, 2011 by Doreen
Agave nectar, I believed the hype like I'm sure so many people did. Agave nectar is just as bad a corn syrup, worse than sugar. Read morePublished on March 25, 2011 by irene not eileen