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Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen- & Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes Hardcover – June 14, 2011
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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.Read more ›
One other major bonus to using the Welcoming Kitchen recipes... my nearly 5 year old son likes to help in the baking (really he just likes to be around to lick the spoon) and he was unable to get in any licks with the box mix due to the raw eggs. With the Welcoming Kitchen recipes, that is never an issue and I get a little extra quality time with my son because he likes to help me bake/lick the spoon.
Here's what I didn't like:
1) Recipes are very basic and lacking in flavor. I made the Quinoa and Beans recipe last night and it was awful, no flavor, just plain gross. I have also tried the Gnocchi recipe and it was equally terrible. The corn muffins, also not palatable. Now I'm sure by now you may be thinking that I might not be able to cook, but I while I am not a certified chef, I have been cooking great food for my family for over 20 years.
2) There are no pictures in the cookbook.
3) Many of the recipes are very basic, and can barely even qualify as a "recipe", a lot of page-filler material if you ask me. Examples: Old Fashioned Mashed Potatoes which consists of potatoes, rice milk, salt, and olive oil. Oven-Baked Wedge Fries, which consist of potatoes, olive oil, and salt. And the list of ridiculously simple so-called recipes goes on.
4) Most of the recipes seriously lack creativity, I feel like the book was put together to make money and lacks the spirit of a truly passionate cook.
A better cookbook that I would recommend: Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats: Cut Out the Gluten and Enjoy an Even Healthier Vegan Diet with Recipes for Fabulous, Allergy-Free Fare. Every single recipe that I have tried in that book is DELICIOUS, and I've tried 12 so far.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So great!! The recipes are so basic and easy. nothing too complicated and they are healthy for you. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Renee Laurent
Sorry that this review is so long, but the more I thought about this cookbook, the more annoyed I became. With all of the glowing reviews, I was expecting something special. Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by sapphire12
I love this cookbook! I cannot eat gluten and dairy, and I generally eat vegan and no/low-soy, partially by choice and partially for health reasons. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Amanda Lawrence
I have enough allergies that my husband says it is easier to state what I'm not allergic to. These recipes covers that and the ingredients are so much more common for people with... Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by Cindy Jo
Some of these recipes are so simple you might ask why anyone would put them in a book... But sometimes that simple recipe saves the day (or the potluck, play date or the school... Read morePublished on August 9, 2013 by vp5000
I rec'vd my order timely and the book is in excellent condition. The binding is tight and the pages are like new, no markings.Published on June 23, 2013 by cynthia
I was so excited when I received this book for Christmas 2012, but six months later I'm sad to report I'm not thrilled with it. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Deven