Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking Cookbook Review

I recently bought the cookbook The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking by Peter Reinhart and Denene Wallace, and I absolutely love it.

If you have been following me, you see that I post lots of recipes that have flour and sugar.  These are things that I can only taste, but should not be eating, but my family loves them, so they are always happy to be my taste testers.  I have health issues with grains and sugars, so it is best for me to avoid them.  If I don't, I suffer from severe swelling and breathing issues, but like many of you, I love sweets also.  My motto when I was younger was look at the dessert menu first, in order to decide what I want for a meal in order to leave room for dessert.  Anyway, that is not something I can do anymore and still live a healthy life.  So several years ago, I started removing grains and sugars out of my diet, but it is sometimes difficult to live with, and find desserts that I love.  Well this cookbook has been a treasure in my life.

The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking is wonderful.  Most gluten free cookbooks substitute flour with other grains like rice flour, potato flour, or similiar items.  I have found some cookbooks that use nut flours, but nothing like this cookbook.  The recipes are amazing.  They have great recipes for cookies, waffles, cupcakes, cakes, breads, even pretzels and all of them use nut flours, stevia, and splenda rather then the traditional gluten-free, sugar-free alternatives.  

This cookbook has opened up a whole new world in baking for me.  I am so grateful, because I love my patries, and this offers alternatives that are healthy options for me.  

I will start posting some of the recipes that I have been making for all of you to see over the next few weeks.  Most are fairly simple, with ingredients that you can find a your local health food stores.  It is a little more expensive to cook this way, but at least it offers some healthy alternatives for people who have issues with grains and sugars.

Now for those of you reading this, know that I will still post the regular, simple, semi-homemade recipes that I normally post, but these new recipes will be sprinkled in with the others. I would love to be able to offer delicious healthy alternatives for people like me, who love baked goods, but have difficulty with some of the ingredients.

I hope you take a look at this cookbook.  I always love hearing from you, so send me your comments.

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  1. The cake on the cover looks so yummy!!!
    I eat GF and SF too, but hate recipe's with 100's of ingredients!
    Will have to check out this book.

    1. Hi Deanne,
      The recipes are like regular recipes in other cookbooks. They just use nut flours instead of regular flour and splenda or stevia instead of sugar. I just adapted one of their scone recipes and made banana scones and they were delicious. Easy to make also.
      Let me know if you like the book.


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