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Great reference to have
on September 11, 2016
I have been using this baking book for about a year and a half.
I've made Blueberry Boy Bait, Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake, Gingerbread Boys, Orange Cranberry Muffins and I know I've used the "cream" sandwich cookie filling recipe for a couple of desserts in the past, but I can't remember whether I baked the chocolate cookie recipe in the book. I also feel like I've tried a couple others, but since I didn't fall in love with them, I can't remember. There is a very large selection of recipes in the book, and looking back, I haven't tried an enormous sample of them. I use it mostly for Christmas baking, as I have gluten-inclusive recipes for birthdays and other celebrations that my family and I enjoy. I imagine I would use this book more if we were strictly avoiding gluten.
Even though I don't use the recipes year-round, this book is an indispensable reference for living with multiple food allergies. It has great tips for baking with alternative ingredients and suggestions for kitchen utensils you will want to have if you do a lot of baking. If you live with multiple food allergies, you know how much time you spend in the kitchen, and every minute is precious.
I do have one small criticism: I feel that the recipes I tried were a bit heavy on the sugar, yes, even for dessert foods. It seemed to me like the sugar was a way of compensating for some texture that is almost inevitably lost with gluten-free baking. That said, they are still good recipes over-all.
For any other allergic-living families, I highly endorse Pascal's "Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking" and "Whole Foods Allergy Cooking" on a weekly basis, and love the recipes as well as kitchen tips. If I could, I'd give both of those 100 stars. :)