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Reviews: Allergy-Friendly Cookbooks
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Everyday Classics 
By Alexa Croft
Kulia Media, $24.95 paperback
Lexie Croft, author of Lexie’s Kitchen, is back with an impressive ‘everyday’ recipe book. Each of her 68 recipes, presented with beautiful color photographs and typography, are free of gluten, dairy, eggs and soy. Some recipes are free of nuts and other key allergens too; a handy chart guides the reader on suitability.
Croft covers the full spectrum: from Breakfast Smoothies in fun flavors such as Cheery Cherry and Lemon-Aid, to restaurant-worthy Stroganoff and Chicken Milanese. Treats aren’t forgotten: there are classics like Vanilla Cupcakes, plus items you won’t see every day, like homemade Graham Crackers and Marshmallows (make your own S’mores!).
Whatever your diet needs, these recipes will add excitement, taste and health to your kitchen. - P.B.
Sweet Debbie`s Organic Treats 
By Debbie Adler
Harlequin Nonfiction, $19.95 paperback
Sassy Debbie Adler (aka Sweet Debbie) reveals the secrets behind her L.A. bakery’s delectable Top 8- and gluten-
free desserts. Inspired by her son with allergies, Adler takes allergy-friendly baking to new and healthier heights, shunning sugar for fruit purees and stevia, without sacrificing any goodness. Her recipes include muffins, brownies, cookies, cupcakes, donuts and breads. For a real treat, try the Girl Scout Brownies – with a combination of caramel and chocolate sauces. And for a holiday party, the Mocha Italian Espresso Cupcakes are bound to vanish quickly.
Cooking For Your Gluten-Free Teen 
By Carlyn Berghoff & Sarah Berghoff McClure
Andrews McMeel Publishing, $19.99 paperback
Carlyn Berghoff’s family has been in the restaurant business in Chicago for more than 100 years, but this chef ’s world turned upside-down when her daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease. Now Berghoff and her daughter, Sarah, have collaborated to write a wonderful cookbook aimed squarely at gluten-free teens. It’s one that puts forbidden favorites back on the menu.
Teen staples like pizza, grilled cheese, chicken nuggets and fish sticks are sure to please, but every recipe in this book sounds and looks delicious. The book is not free of other allergens, but nut-containing recipes are few. All are easy to make, so budding cooks will enjoy experimenting along with Berghoff’s thoughtful advice for living healthy and gluten-free. – P.B.
Paleo Cooking from EIana’s Pantry 
By Elana Amsterdam
Ten Speed Press, $17.99 paperback
Never mind that author Elana Amsterdam shuns gluten, grains, dairy, legumes (including soy and peanuts), excessive sugars, and most night- shades. Her cuisine asserts its flavorful presence, and reminds us that food really is at its best when it remains uncomplicated. In this book, her recipes average a mere five to eight ingredients.
Hitting The New York Times best-seller list within a month of its release, Paleo Cooking taps into a synergistic combination of beauty, taste, health and simplicity. The author knows this territory well, since she began dabbling in primitive dining a decade ago, long before the term “paleo” was uttered by talk show hosts.
Though Paleo Cooking contains grain-free twists on traditional comforts, the recipe focus is on practical everyday eating rather than substitutes. I swiftly scheduled the Cran-Apple Power Bars, Healing Vegetable Bisque, Paleo Shepherds Pie and Flour-less Nut-free Brownies into our weekly menu. –Alisa Fleming
Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free 
By Ricki Heller
Sellers Publishing, $22.95 paperback
Author and holistic nutritionist Ricki Heller proves that dessert can be healthful, and still taste sinfully good. From the cover’s chocolate-frosted vanilla cupcakes to ultra-fudgy brownies and dairy-free cheesecake, she offers an inventive 100 recipes free of gluten, dairy, eggs – and refined sugar. Plus, many avoid soy and corn.
Heller shows impressive range: her recipes roam from breakfast treats to cookies, cakes, pies, bars, squares, cakes, tarts and no-bake goodies. They require only basic familiarity with gluten-free baking, and make ample use of emerging ingredients such as coconut flour, seeds, psyllium husk and stevia for sweetening.
She offers helpful explanations on the properties of gluten-free flours, starches, egg replacers, milk alternatives and binders. It’s a great book for satisfying the sweet tooth, without the guilt. –Gwen Smith
Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle  
By Kyra Bussanich
Ten Speed Press, $18.99 hardcover
When Kyra Bussanich appeared on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars in 2011, she didn’t tell the judges her creations were gluten-free. But that didn’t stop her from winning. Now with her first cookbook, Bussanich gives anyone the tools and secrets needed to bake 50 delicious and gluten-free desserts: cupcakes, pies, cookies and more.
The recipes, conveniently ranked from easy to advanced, are shown off in lush, full-page photographs. For a delectable treat, try the egg-free Strawberry Shortcake. Or see what the Cupcake Wars judges were raving about with the Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes.
While many of her recipes call for nuts or other top allergens, Bussanich, who has celiac disease, has created a superb gluten-free dessert cookbook. –Patrick Bennett
The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Cakes and Cookies  
By Laurie Sadowski
Book Publishing Co., $14.95 paperback
With the persona of a quintessential homemaker, author Laurie Sadowski is baking her way through every treat imaginable, while simultaneously shunning gluten, dairy, eggs and soy.
Her first book, The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread, was already an established favorite in my gluten-free collection. Now, I’m eager to dunk Laurie’s NOreo (Oreo-style) Chocolate Sandwich Cookies into a tall glass of rice milk and serve her maple-drizzled French Toast Cupcakes to my sweets-loving husband.
Beyond the enticing titles, I simply love that Laurie’s recipes work and that she takes the time to customize the flours in each dessert, rather than relying on a single gluten-free baking blend. Since the Allergy-Free Cook rarely relies on nut flours, experienced nut-free bakers should have little difficulty in using most of her recipes. –A.F.
The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast Family Meals  
By Kelly Rudnicki
With her first book, she made cookies with Martha Stewart, but the Food Allergy Mama is no domestic diva. Rather, Kelly Rudnicki has a great sense of down-home cooking, creating easy and imaginative allergy-friendly meals that will delight your family.
The mother of five describes her new cookbook as written for the food allergy mom “who isn’t a pro in the kitchen, who doesn’t have time to shop at multiple stores, and who probably is juggling kids, homework and carpools.” Sound familiar?
The recipes – free of dairy, eggs and nuts – are kid-friendly, but so flavorful that adults will be lobbying for seconds. Among Rudnicki’s best are Chicken Dumpling Stew, Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs, roast chicken, slow stews and dairy-free lasagna. Creative soups and salads, and as always with this mama, amazing cookies. –G.S.
Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking 
By Cybele Pascal
Ten Speed Press, $22
“Wouldn’t it be great if someone came up with a guidebook for day-to-day allergy-free cooking?” Cybele Pascal had often thought. Since she was already an acclaimed allergy-free author, Cybele, now Allergic Living’s Food Editor, decided to it herself.
The result is this terrific book of 75 comfort food recipes, free of the Top 8 allergens, gluten and sesame, and all a cinch to prepare in 30 minutes.
From the kid-pleasing Creamy Mac ’n Cheese (made with Daiya vegan cheddar) and Shepherd’s Pie to her 30-minute English Beef Stew and the more sophisticated Thai Noodle Salad with Chicken, these are clearly recipes you will turn to again and again. This book has family favorite written all over it. –G.S.
Next: Cookbook Reviews from 2012
Learning to Bake Allergen-Free  
By Colette Martin
The Experiment Publishing, $19.95
Allergy-free baking expert Colette Martin subtitles her book: “A crash course for busy parents on baking without wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, soy or nuts”.
How apt, since you will learn a mountain from Martin’s lessons and recipes, whether you’re a novice or more experienced baker. She gives great guidance on egg replacers, explains mysteries such as why more baking powder is used when there are no wheat or eggs, and even helps you figure out when your gluten-free baking is done.
Martin starts off with the simplest – blueberry muffins and banana bread, and moves you along through cookies and on to doughs and pies and ultimately, chocolate treats. There are more than 70 allergy-friendly recipes and page after page of invaluable baking advice. This book is a must-have. –G.S.
The Gluten-Free Cookbook  
By Fiona Hunter
DK Publishing, $25
This 352-page hardcover features gorgeous photography, 230 recipes from breakfast to dinner and dessert as well as excellent nutritional information. (Author Fiona Hunter is a nutritionist.)
Among the many gluten-free (not dairy-free) recipes is an impressive selection of pasta and mains, almost all of which can be made in 30 minutes, and a tempting array of savory pies and breads.
My one concern is that the author uses the term “gluten-free all-purpose flour” but doesn’t include her own recipe or say which of the blends on the market are her go-tos. That would have been helpful. –G.S.
The Complete Allergy-Free Comfort Foods Cookbook  
By Elizabeth Gordon
Lyons Press, $24.95
As a big fan of Elizabeth Gordon’s Allergy-Free Desserts, I confess to waiting eagerly, but with a little trepidation, for her second book. Why the wariness? It wasn’t doubt about her skills; before she developed food allergies as an adult, Gordon was a pastry chef who trained at the Institute for Culinary Education in New York City.
My question was: could she really dial it down to comfort food? The answer is, she sure can.
All the good stuff your family and mine have been hankering for (since much of it is off-limits for allergies) is in this book: nachos, Buffalo wings, potato salad, corned beef and cabbage, chicken pot pie, even corn dogs. And all without gluten, dairy, soy, nuts or eggs. –G.S.
The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen  
By Denise Jardine
Ten Speed Press, $19.99
Popular author Denise Jardine is back with an updated version of her well-known Dairy-Free Living. It features 50 new recipes, reduced sugar and fat content, and an expanded Basics section.
Jardine has a gift for flavorful approaches to healthy fare, with recipes like Carrot and Roasted Red Pepper Soup, Mushroom Kale Lasagna, Curried Stuffed Zucchini and a variety of pleasing fish and chicken dishes.
While aimed primarily at those living dairy-free and gluten-free, the text flags when other top allergens are also avoided. The rustic gluten-free pizza on the cover draws the reader’s eye, but it is the variety on the inside that most impresses. –G.S.
The Gluten-Free Baking Book  
By Donna Washburn & Heather Butt
Robert Rose Inc., $27.95
If you live by the bread maker, you have to know the work of Donna Washburn and Heather Butt. And now they’re back with a marvelous idea: a gluten-free baking book aimed directly at couples and singles.
No more watching as that half cake or loaf goes stale. There are 12- to 15-slice breads; two-serving pizzas and mini cakes; small muffin, cupcake and cookie yields; not to mention calorie counts, nutrient info and helpful GF baking guidance.
To make their desserts more nutritious, the pair has upped the fibre and calcium and decreased the sugar, fat and salt. Almost-guilt-free New York-style Cheesecake, anyone? –G.S.
Welcoming Kitchen 
By Kim Lutz
Sterling Publishing, $17.95
The subtitle on Kim Lutz’s book is “200 delicious allergen & gluten-free vegan recipes”. That’s a hard-to-find combination, but this book shows that life with food restrictions is only limited by imagination.
Lutz shows plenty of the latter with her easy-to-make, kid-friendly recipes. Among those that must be tried: Black Bean or Lentil Burgers, Kitchen Sink Soup or Mexican Lasagna. –G.S.
Next: Cookbook Reviews 2011
Gluten-Free Baking 
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
Gluten-Free Cupcakes 
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 
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 Allergy Children’s Book Reviews: http://allergicliving.com/index.php/2013/12/05/reviews-allergy-friendly-childrens-books/
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