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5.0 out of 5 stars Good solid allergy free cookbook with comforting foods, January 3, 2012
This review is from: Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen- & Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes (Hardcover)
Number of recipes: 200
Paper type/quality: Dust jacket is thick paper with a plastic undercoating
Recycled good quality medium weight paper with a smooth finish (not glossy)
splatters and drips wipe off easily
Food photography: none

General layout and design/ease of use: Layout is nice to look at with a sepia toned print with sort of a country blue accent. Illustrations are limited to section dividers and front covers.
-Substitutions advice and pantry suggestions are included
-Sample menus are included
-Resources are included
-Metric equivalent charts are included
The book layout is straightforward with sections and subsections. The index is complete and is organized alphabetically by both recipe name and ingredient.
-Book does not lay flat and stay open without assistance

Author's style: Recipes are detailed and most include exact times for cooking (ex. Add carrot and saute for 2 minutes more), rather than general estimations. The recipes are easy to read and understand.

Allergen/Special diet Notes: Free of top 8 allergens. No sesame. All recipes are vegan and gluten free. Coconut is used but can easily be omitted or substituted. Oats are used, but substitutions are suggested for those who can't tolerate them.

Nutritional Notes: Most recipes call for common, easy to locate ingredients. Kasha is an ingredient in a few recipes and I haven't been able to find it in my area, but it can be ordered online. Agave nectar is included as a sweetener in some of the recipes, but mostly smaller amounts are called for. Granulated sugar is an ingredient in some recipes.
Overall the author strives to keep these recipes healthy while still tasting good.

Cost to make recipes: Low when compared to other allergy free, gluten free, vegan or special diet cookbooks.

Skill level required: Low. Most recipes should be easy enough for people of all skill levels to successfully execute.

Are there any special ingredients or equipment required in order to make the recipes?: In general, no. A mini muffin pan is needed for at least two recipes. Kasha is the only somewhat unusual ingredient.Organic Whole Grain, Kasha, 18 oz (510 g)
Wilton Avanti Everglide Metal-Safe Non-Stick 24 Cup Mini Muffin Pan

Do the recipes turn out? Yes.
Success rate: 21/21 100%
-all of the recipes turned out as they should.

Do the recipes taste good?: Yes
Based on my family's opinion and my own taste and opinion:
Out of 21 recipes tested:
7 rated excellent (would definitely make again)
9 rated very good (would probably make again unless I found a better version)
5 rated fair (unlikely to make again, didn't appeal to us)
0 rated poor (would never make again)

Some Standouts:
-Piecrust
-Pumpkin Pie
-Doughnut bites
-Sunday Morning Pancakes
-Biscuits
-Beanidillas
-Throw-Together tomato soup

Some that I wasn't as fond of:
-Chocolate cookies
-polenta pizza crust

Overall, I rate Welcoming Kitchen 5 stars because the recipes have had a 100% success rate, the design and layout is very-good overall, the majority of the recipes taste at least very good and I would make most of them again. The author has a likable personality and her recipes are well-written and easy to understand, and there is a minimum of special equipment and ingredients required in order to make most of the recipes.
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Initial post: Jul 12, 2012 6:51:35 AM PDT
WOW! Such a fantastic detailed review! Thanks a bunch!

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 11:50:38 AM PDT
Sara Klein says:
Now this is a thorough, thoughtful, and helpful review! This should be the "customer review" model that other cookbook reviewers follow. FYI, I was on the fence to purchase this book until I read this review. Thanks!

Posted on Aug 26, 2012 2:12:46 PM PDT
cupcake girl says:
Great review, I can't wait to read this book!
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