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Great recipes - and instruction useful for new cooks and old,
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This review is from: How to Cook Gluten-Free: Over 150 Recipes That Really Work (Spiral-bound)
As a big fan of Barbone's Easy Gluten-Free Baking, I knew I had to have this book - but when I first opened it, I was surprised by the amount of space devoted to some very basic instructions - how to make bread crumbs, heat oil, chop onions and peppers, etc. That was before I read them carefully. I suspected after laughing through the onion-chopping scene in Julie & Julia that there was a right approach to chopping onions, and it probably wasn't mine. Sure enough, Barbone (a CIA - that's Culinary Institute of America - graduate), not only has taught me how to chop a better onion, but how to do a lot of other things better. I've been cooking since I was big enough to handle a mixing spoon - love the white sandwich bread recipe because it tastes just like the bread I used to bake 50 years ago - and still found I had a lot to learn. Surely anyone forced by a gluten-free diet to try to cook seriously for the first time would find the book invaluable. Great information and simple step-by-step instructions (often with pictures).
The best thing about the book, though is the recipes. They're just what we're all looking for - dishes that are kid- and non-foodie-husband -friendly, easy-to-find ingredients, clear instructions, great results. Whole sections on pasta, pizzas, burgers & sandwiches, and casseroles, as well as the usual soups, salads, main dishes, sides, and desserts. There's a lot of comfort food here - but also fun recipes for the more adventurous (e.g., Italian wedding soup, smoked mozzarella and roasted vegetable pasta, saltimbocca, rustic pies). The bread recipes have instructions with pictures for anyone who hasn't yet learned that baking really good gluten-free bread is really, really easy (much easier than wheat-based bread - no kneading involved), and there's a recipe for multi-grain bread you won't find in her previous cookbook. Not as many bread recipes, of course, and not as many dessert recipes (cupcakes, 4 cookies, brownies, rustic pies, cheesecake cups, whoopie pies (!), and a couple of fruit cobblers, none found in the same form in her Easy Gluten-Free Baking. They're enough to get anyone started, while adding new recipes for anyone who has her previous book.
Barbone's Easy Gluten-Free Baking book was what I immediately sent a nephew when I heard he'd been put on a gluten-free diet (along with Chebe Bread Pizza Crust Mix, Gluten Free, 7.5-Ounce Bags (Pack of 8) and a guide to gluten-free beer, of course). Now I guess I'll have to send him a copy of this book too. I'm certainly not going to send him my copy - I'm keeping it and expect to be using it frequently.