Monday, February 02, 2009

Recommended Gluten Free Cookbooks

First of all I'd like to talk about "The Art of Baking with Rice Flour". I didn't know what to expect from this little book when I ordered it, because nobody reviewed it yet.
The recipes are fairly simple and with few ingredients. To my surprise very few of them contain xanthan gum (which I don't use) or potato/cornstarch (which I try to avoid). The author even suggests using sweet rice flour instead of cornstarch for people who are allergic to corn.
This book contains recipes for yeast breads, quick breads, cakes, cookies, pies and even flour mixes. I just tried the crepe recipe, it was wonderful. These were the best crepes I've had in years, light and airy...Highly recommended!

I also would like to mention "The Birkett Mills Buckwheat Cookbook". Recipes use buckwheat and kasha/toasted buckwheat in their various forms: flour, groats...etc. Not all the recipes are gluten free but I think they can be adapted to a gluten free diet. This booklet contains recipes for appetizers, salads, soups, entrees, side dishes, breads and desserts.
The buckwheat sugar cookies were a hit! I used a blend of buckwheat and kasha flours (though the recipe only mentioned buckwheat flour). The cookies came out very light and tasty (though a little bit sweet for my own taste). I got inspired by this recipe to bake my own GF Lebkuchen next Christmas!

These 2 cookbooks are fairly inexpensive and can be found on Bob's Red Mill website.

2 comments:

Kristien said...

Thanks for the good advice and thank you for putting a link to my site! I will do the same straight away!
Have a nice day!

Alchemille said...

De rien Kristien...Je suis francaise! Le blog est en anglais car je vis aux Etats-Unis. J'essaie quand meme de traduire mes recettes (ou du moins celles que j'utilise) en francais (et vise-versa) ;).

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