Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook – Book Review

Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook
Before I take you to the contents of Cybele Pascal’s latest allergy cookbook, I need to comment on the book itself. This book is beautifully designed – the format, the layout, and the photos are all just stunning!

The book design is suitable for a gourmet cookbook, and that is exactly how I would describe this book. It is the gourmet baking book for those who need to bake allergen-free.

While Pascal’s earlier cookbook, The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook, covered meals of all types, her latest book is solely focused on baked goods, covering everything from muffins and breads to cookies, cakes, and pies. Well, almost everything – there were no pancake or waffle recipes. Am I complaining? Not really – this book is definitely a treasure.

The recipes include classics adapted to be allergen-free, like Classic Crumb Cake and Lemon-Lime Squares, as well as completely new ideas, like Golden Agave Cupcakes and SunButter Cupcakes that are sure to make those without food allergies jealous!

I recently used her recipe for Chocolate Zucchini bread, and made muffins. This recipe gets a big thumbs up. These breakfast treats disappeared very quickly!

The bottom line?

Food-allergic families, especially those who love to bake and have been feeling deprived, will definitely want to add this cookbook to their bookshelf.

Have you had a chance to try it yet? What do you think?

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