- Paperback: 188 pages
- Publisher: BookSurge Publishing; 1 edition (May 20, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439235767
- ISBN-13: 978-1439235768
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Spunky Coconut Cookbook: Gluten Free, Casein Free, Sugar Free Paperback – May 20, 2009
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NOTES AS TO WHY I GAVE IT ONLY THREE STARS:
1.) Liquid Stevia: The author suggests using flavored liquid Stevia (English Toffee, Vanilla Creme, Chocolate Raspberry, etc) which are very expensive and hard to find and she doesn't offer any alternatives. So, if the recipe calls for 10 drops of liquid vanilla creme Stevia, and I don't have that and/or won't pay for it, what else can I use? I would have appreciated a note here about substitutes. I ended up using a pack of powdered Stevia and a tsp of vanilla and it tasted great. The ingredients for GF, CF recipes are more expensive to begin with, so why add unnecessarily to the cost?
2.) Eggs. Some of the recipes are really heavy on the eggs. For the Chocolate Raspberry cake, the author writes how surprising it is that this recipe has so little flour...DUH, it has 6 eggs! It sounds basically like a chocolate omelet with agave syrup and 3/4 cups of various flours. (I'm sure it is yummy, but come on!) This is not the only one with 6 eggs. Odd, though, that the quiche and souffle recipes only call for 3 eggs. I'm sure it is all delicious, but we have some egg issues here so I wish it would have been mentioned somewhere or offered a substitute.
3.) Price: This cookbook is very expensive compared to the other GF, CF, Low Sugar cookbooks out there.
4.) Ghee: Although, there is no claim on the cover of being dairy free, thankfully, most of the recipes are dairy free with the exception of a few that call for Ghee, which is a clarified butter, apparently casein free, but not diary free.
Does she use a lot of eggs? Yes, she does. I had no problem with that.
Are there some recipes that are unnecessary (aka almond butter w/apples)? Yes, there are. It didn't take away from the great ones.
Does she use coconut in every single recipe? No, she doesn't. She still uses it quite a bit though
Are most ingredients not typical in the American household? Yes, as with most allergy-free cooking.
Do you need to buy liquid stevia and new appliances? No. I have never bought the liquid stevia's and i just have a blender and a hand mixer.
I love her use of coconut milk. I love her creativity and I do not feel deprived or that I do not know as much about how to use coconut milk in my daily cooking.
I did not buy this cookbook expecting to learn everything about cooking healthy all at once, and I also did not buy it expecting it to reveal the secret of allergy-free cooking to me. However, after doing a lot of research on my own time as well as investing in cookbooks such as this one (and others) I have been able to get a grasp into alternative cooking types and for that I am forever grateful.
2 more things:
1. I now incorporate coconut milk into a vast majority of my cooking and love it.
2. this book is an excellent starting point for anyone new in trying to eat well while protecting their families.
all in all, i very much appreciate the delicious recipes in this book and think that even if i don't like a couple and/or they are "irrelevant" that should not take away from the creativity and the innovation of Ms. Kelly's cooking.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great cookbook with lots of tasty recipes I can't wait to try.Published 6 months ago by Vicktoria Manso
lots of good recipes and arrived promptly and was what I wantedPublished 9 months ago by Barbara Beach
This cookbook was really disappointing! The things I tried making were WAY too sweet, and she uses too many funky ingredients (guar, xantham, etc. Read morePublished on November 27, 2011 by K. Salinger, Holistic Nurse Practitioner
My little sister got this cookbook for me as a Christmas present last year when I discovered I had an allergy to gluten. It has been a lifesaver ever since then. Read morePublished on November 2, 2011 by NoLackOfColors
Kelly Brozyna's "The Spunky Coconut Cookbook" is one of the best resources for gluten-free, casein-free and sugar-free recipes available today. Read morePublished on August 23, 2011 by Ellen Allard
This is the best cookbook EVER.....AND there is a second edition out now with 99% of the recipes that are in the first. Read morePublished on August 16, 2011 by lih57
I purchased this book when my doctor put me on a Gluten Free-Casein Free diet. There are a couple dinner recipes that I intend to make. Read morePublished on August 11, 2011 by MI lady
Please go check out "Simply Sugar and Gluten Free" instead. The author of that book mentions reasons people choose to go GF, but doesn't make any huge claims about it that are not... Read morePublished on July 27, 2011 by Greenwick
I love this cookbook. Everything I have made from it, so far, has been good. I also love the author's blog and the many more recipes there. Read morePublished on June 28, 2011 by Keira