Reviews: Allergy-Friendly Cookbooks
Published in 2011
By Phil Vickery
Firefly Books, $24.95
The misperception that people with celiac disease or any kind of gluten intolerance have to give up baked goods – or settle for sad facsimiles of the breads and cakes they once enjoyed – is heartbreaking to Phil Vickery. The award-winning British chef insists that gluten-free goodies are easy to make, and sets out to prove that they can taste every bit as good as their gluten-laden counterparts.
Vickery, whose previous book Seriously Good: Gluten-Free Cooking became an international best-seller, spent a year developing the 70 recipes in his latest release, Gluten-Free Baking.
Don’t be fooled by the cover’s chocolate fudge cake. While Vickery includes plenty of dessert recipes – from Chocolate Caramel Rocky Road Shortbread to Strawberry Tart with Crushed Meringue & Mint – the book features a handful of savory recipes as well, including Yorkshire pudding and Indian-style flat bread. –Kim Shiffman
By Elana Amsterdam
Celestial Arts, $16.99
It’s fair to say the cupcake trend is here to stay. Boutique cupcake bakeries continue to do swift business and cookbooks created around the two-bite indulgences that fly off the bookstore shelves. It’s no surprise then that a gluten-free author has joined the party.
Popular food blogger and author Elana Amsterdam’s Gluten-Free Cupcakes features recipes made with coconut and almond flour (not for you, nut-allergic!). Divided into sections such as Fruity Cupcakes, Chocolate Cupcakes and Special Occasion Cupcakes, the recipes are helpfully labeled with a “sweetness level” of low, medium or high.
We can’t wait to try the Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes (sweetness: high), which are baked inside gluten-free cones and look amazingly like a soft-serve ice cream cone – but, of course, won’t melt. –K.S.
For Elana’s tantalizing lime cupcakes recipe, see www.allergicliving.com/cupcake