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Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free: 180 Easy and Delicious Recipes You Can Make in 20 Minutes or Less Paperback – March 15, 2011
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About the Author
Amy Green, M.Ed., runs the website, Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free where she shares her passion for healthy living. Over the years Green has learned that eating healthier doesn’t equal deprivation, has lived free from refined sugars and wheat since 2004 and, as a result, is maintaining a 60+ pound weight loss. A former elementary teacher and current small business owner, Amy is now a full time culinary arts student. She lives with her husband and four dogs in Dallas, Texas where she teaches local sugar-free, gluten-free cooking classes.
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As many other reviewers have mentioned, the tips are extremely helpful. There are tips for how to buy dried fruit, storing chickpeas in the fridge so homemade hummus will already be chilled, making double batches and freezing, etc. I love the idea of baking a big batch of brown rice or making extra quinoa and freezing for later use. I have a very active family, and this kind of meal planning for the sake of convenience is huge for us.
The only real negative for me is that Ms. Green's flour mix contains bean flour. I have not been able to tolerate the taste of bean flour in most other recipes (or its effects on my tummy if I eat too much). I seem to have a keen sense for the taste, and have only found a few recipes containing bean flour that I like (one is Bette Hagman's zucchini bread with pineapple, the other is Erin McKenna's Apple Cinnamon Toasties, which are both super yummy!)The mac & cheese I made tonight called for the bean flour mix, but I used sweet rice flour instead, and the recipe still turned out great.Read more ›
I was surprised how thick the book is, and have loved the recipes I have tried so far. The only thing I would change is to add pictures of these dishes - I am a very visual person, and love to see pics of the food. BUT this book makes up for that in great recipes and info on how to get started. Gluten Free cooking is daunting, and even downright terrifying at first, especially learning about the dozens of different flours that can be quite expensive! This book makes it easy to understand, and she includes a recipe for an All-Purpose GF flour mix that is used in many recipes. There is a great section in the back of the book on each of the flours, sweeteners and various ingredients that is very helpful. I LOVE this book, and am excited to try each recipe.
Pros: My husband, who does not have any dietary restrictions, thinks the recipes are great. Most of the time, he can't tell that they are sugar or gluten free (let-alone both). Amy offers great tips and variations (including dairy free options) to ensure that every recipe turns out great. The recipes are truly easy and delicious.
Cons: At least for me, dietary restrictions means paying more attention to the nutritional value of my meals. Unfortunately, these recipes do not include nutrition information. But even so, this book contains so many great recipes that I don't mind figuring out the nutrition for myself.
Favorite recipes: Apple Spice Muffins, Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Cake, and the Herb Crusted Pork Loin.
Her very own 'Basic Flour Blend' - calls for garbanzo-fava bean flour, sorghum flour, potato starch and tapioca starch. Now who happens to have these ingredients in their kitchen? She also calls for agave nectar - which we know isn't good for us.
I want a cook book that is all inclusive - with photos or at the bare minimum one that includes the nutrition facts: calories, fat breakdown, cholesterol, sodium, carbs, fiber and protein. For any one to publish a cookbook isn't worthy of purchasing it. For this reason, I give this this book a 1. I don't like being blindsided and this book should state on the front cover: no nutritional facts and no pictures are contained herein.
I've bought these wonderful cookbooks from amazon.com that you might find helpful - they ALL include the nutrition facts: Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes; The New Glucose Revolution Low GI Vegetarian Cookbook; Better Homes & Gardens Biggest Book of Diabetic Recipes and The Sparkpeople Cookbook.
Be frugal like she states many times she is: don't buy the book.
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Great recipes that look very easy to make and flavorful as well. Lots of good suggestions for shopping and stocking your kitchen too. Arrived quickly and in good condition. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mary K.
Needs to be retitled refined sugar free. All the recipes have honey or agave as alternative. Problem is that our bodies don't know the difference! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer