Baking Tips and Tasty Recipes for a “Free” Lifestyle
This book is ideal for vegans and people who must eat gluten free but still love their baked goods. The book starts with the author’s own journey into gluten-free vegan baking, and she follows this up with a solid section of information including tips and pantry essentials. The recipe chapters themselves are divided much like you would probably think they should be, with sections on each major type of sweet or savory baked good, like bread, cakes and cupcakes, pies and tarts, and cookies and brownies. There’s even a chapter on breakfast baking. Some recipe goes beyond just gluten free and vegan; some area also oil, nut, soy, or grain free; these are clearly marked. The recipes themselves look pretty straightforward, and some of them are derived from classics, like hummingbird cake and key lime pie. Others are just plain yummy sounding, like Apple Cinnamon Donuts with Maple Glaze and Salted Caramel Cupcakes. The only downside I see is that there aren’t enough photos of the recipes. While not every cookbook needs to show a picture of every recipe, I think it is more important for gluten-free cookbooks to have pictures because success is often elusive in gluten-free baking, so it would be good to know what success looks like for each recipe. That said, I still think this is a fantastic collection of a variety of recipes that would interest those who must eat gluten free or who choose to be vegan.