The list author says: "Our 8yo was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease and our home and our lives are now gluten free. I love cooking (which is a good thing if you are gluten free) but there is a massive amount of cooking needed with this diet; unless you can spend ridiculous amounts on your groceries! Baking gluten free is a completely different animal from baking with flour and it takes some getting used to. Bob's red mill is an excellent source for various gluten free flours and not all of them are on this list. Amazon carries a very good selection of gluten free flours. I hope this list will be helpful for those just starting out on this road."
"it has a strong motor to handle the gluey doughs that make gluten free breads and it turns our perfect loaves every time. WARNING: the non stick coating on the stirring paddles peels like mad. The general consensus on chat boards seems to be that you have to replace them annually. So, take care to clean them very gently and, if you avoid non stick you may not want to get this machine."
"Being Vegan this one does not include eggs or dairy which may be useful if you are on a GFCF diet. The author uses bean flours so there is a distinct flavor which not everyone may like. The recipes are probably a lot healthier for it. The chocolate chip cookies with garbanzo bean flour are a favorite with my kids and I love that I am getting protein into them disguised as a sweet treat :)"
"The only reason this is on the list is that it has the best baking cycle settings for the zojirushi breadmaker. I was not impressed with the flour mix she recommends and the breads were not tasty but the baking cycle she describes works perfectly with bread recipes from Fenster's book of 1000 gluten free recipes"
"A mixture of peanut butter and chocolate cereal should have been heavenly for my 8yo but he complained of a strong aftertaste. so if you have a picky eater this may not work for you. Everyone else in the family loved them"
"These turn out a bit dense but increasing the quantity of liquid works perfectly. You can, of course, make pancakes from scratch but it is nice to have a ready mix in the bleary morning hours when you are tempted to just shove the prepackaged cereal and an apple at the kids and go back to bed."
"Unbleached sugar looks odd. There's no getting by that. so if that is an issue you may want to stay away from this. we have switched over to this sugar and don't use the bleached stuff anymore. The taste is nearly identical. Perhaps a litle more of the raw cane flavor which alters the flavor slightly in teas and coffees but is not at all noticeable in baked goods."
"I like this mix for making a challah substitute - sweet egg bread. it also makes an excellent cinnamon raisin bread. It uses a nutritious blend of flours and manages to stay moist for a number of days"
"Gluten free mac and cheese is expensive compared to the 'real' thing but this one at least comes fairly close in flavor and texture. My kids love it and it is convenient to take with us on trips or when we visit families that are not gluten free."
"The best kid friendly gluten free cookbook out there. Written more with the intention of getting terrific flavor and texture to the recipes. The book is written for a child with gluten intolerance you may need to be vigilant about the ingredients recommended and whether they are suitable for a child with celiac."