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The Spunky Coconut Cookbook: Gluten Free, Casein Free, Sugar Free Paperback – May 20, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing; 1 edition (May 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439235767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439235768
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kelly, of TheSpunkyCoconut.com, began to study nutrition in 2004 when her girls were very young. Her daughter, Ashley, was a baby and Zoe was a toddler at that time. Both girls were not well. Her naturopathic doctor worked with them to radically change their diet by removing gluten, casein, and sugar. Kelly and her husband soon realized that their own health problems could be resolved as well. It was very eye-opening to see how many kinds of issues could be treated with the diet. So, after years of research and experimentation, Kelly now creates food so similar to conventional wheat/dairy/sugar recipes that no one feels deprived. Together, through diet and biomedical treatments, their family is overcoming celiac disease, gluten-intolerance, ADD, and autism with great success. Kelly lives in Southern California with her husband and three daughters.

Customer Reviews

I can't wait to get her second cookbook.
Keira
The photographs look great and the recipe instructions are easy to follow.
Jenny L.
The Flourless Brownies are heavenly - my kids love them.
Kikc

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jenny L. on May 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you suffer from food allergies (gluten, casein, sugar) this book is for you. Kelly Brozyna's recipes are unique and original and are so delicious they make you forget what you had to give up because of allergies. The photographs look great and the recipe instructions are easy to follow. Ms. Brozyna kept in mind that most people don't have a lot of time and her recipes are not time consuming or complicated. There is also an informative section in the beginning that deals with food storage, sugar avoidance, natural sweeteners, autism, and all around healthy living. I highly recommend the almond muffins, custard pie and broccoli quiche. I look forward to making and eating a better variety of "safe" foods with The Spunky Coconut Cookbook!
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amy L. Smith on November 11, 2009
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I have over 100 cookbooks..most are "regular" cookbooks, but also began hoarding GFCF cookbooks two years ago when I put my child on the GFCF diet. After you buy so many, they kind of blend in together and become kinda similar. I thought this book was a bit pricey, but went ahead and ordered it. This book appears to be very unique. I am a HUGE coconut lover and think it is a wonderful sub for products he can no longer have. I love that she uses coconut milk, oil, etc. I made the banana bread last night and it tasted just like "regular" banana bread! I sliced it and served it to my son for breakfast this morning with turkey bacon and he loved it! I individually froze thick slices of this for future use :) I can't wait to try the quiche recipe and many others. They only drawback is the specialty stevia which is not as accessible in stores. For the bread, I just used stevia extract (2 drops) and it turned out fine. Also, the cookies are made out of left over soaked nuts from making nut milk, and we buy Rice Milk in a box, so we would have to soak our own nuts, which can be rather expensive. Other than this, this is a VERY unique cookbook. I can't wait to try more!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kikc on May 20, 2009
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The Raw Key Lime Pie is amazingly delicious. The Flourless Brownies are heavenly - my kids love them. The Freezer Fudge is yummmmmy. I'm really looking forward to trying the rest of Kelly's recipes.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By M. Tempel on July 3, 2010
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The Cherry Banana Muffins were wonderful. I used a large muffin pan for one batch and a mini one for another and both were a hit. The Blondies were also very good (but double the recipe). I always substitute Bob's Red Mill GF All-purpose flour for rice flour as I don't like the graininess of rice flour. Looking forward to trying more recipes!

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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John & Priscella on September 24, 2010
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The recipes are simple, clean, and healthy.
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.
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