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3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Ideas. Dangerous for gluten-free--really quite terrible., November 15, 2012
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This review is from: Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker: 200 Ultra-Convenient, Super-Tasty, Completely Animal-Free Recipes (Paperback)
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This book has some of the most amazing ideas. The recipe for slow-cooker pizza is worth the cost of the book.

It's also really nice vegan cookbook with good ideas for meat-free dishes. However, if you're dealing with food intolerances other than soy--which is helpfully marked--this is not your book; it uses seitan, which is wheat meat, and several allergenic ingredients. Also, many of the recipes start with: "...in a sauce pan, brown......"

It's particularly dangerous for gluten-free people because there are gluten-free markers on recipe after recipe that include ingredients that are not always gluten-free (almond milk, tapioca pearls, corn grits). If you are not an experienced gluten-free cook, and you rely on the gluten-free labels in this book, you will make someone sick. The generally sold versions of many, many things--chocolate, spices, and various flours, are not gluten-free unless they come from gluten-free manufacturers and are labeled as such. Also, there are several recipes marked "gluten-free" that contain barley miso, and soy sauce, all of which are gluten-containing ingredients. (And the recipes say, "Just take out the wheat meat to make it gluten-free.")

That said, this is much more convenient than cooking on the stove, and it's got some of what the author calls "groundbreaking" recipes (and they are), but you have to be willing to do prep cooking and work around some of the ingredients if you have any food allergies.
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Initial post: Nov 16, 2012, 6:58:16 AM PST
[Deleted by the author on Nov 17, 2012, 11:08:42 AM PST]

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2012, 2:00:12 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 17, 2012, 12:37:47 AM PST
L* says:
This isn't just bad for gluten-free--it's dangerous. I can list at least 100 recipes where you have labeled something gluten-free and not said, "check for gluten-free on these five ingredients that may not normally be gluten-free." Tapioca pearls, grits, spices, almond milk, and chocolate are frequently NOT gluten-free. There are gluten-free versions available, but they have to be marked gluten-free or from manufacturers who have made these products gluten-free. Anyone following the recipes as written without knowing which ingredients to check, specifically a very experienced gluten-free cook, will make someone who is gluten-free sick, if they cook with this book!

Also, soy sauce, barley miso, and everything kind of miso except white miso (from soybeans) has gluten in it. Several of the recipes that are marked "gluten-free" have these ingredients, and are not gluten-free at all--and there are no warnings to omit these gluten-containing ingredients. With all due respect, this should have been better edited.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012, 11:18:53 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 20, 2012, 11:19:45 AM PST
Agreed. This is exactly why Veg Times stopped labeling recipes GF or GF with modifications. This is unfortunate for the newly diagnosed and their loved ones who want to feed them, but are not exactly experienced. I've been accidentally contaminated by well intentioned friends who use soy sauce, never imagining that it contains wheat. ALWAYS tell people to read all ingredients on EVERY item used to ensure GF.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012, 2:44:06 PM PST
L* says:
Agreed!!!

Posted on Mar 27, 2013, 11:31:02 PM PDT
[Deleted by the author on Mar 27, 2013, 11:42:22 PM PDT]
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