Book Review: Gluten-Free Breakfast, Brunch & Beyond by Linda J. Amendt
Title: Gluten-Free Breakfast, Brunch & Beyond
Author: Linda J. Amendt
Genre: Cookery Book
Publisher: The Taunton Press
Publication Date: 3 September 2013
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Breakfast is the favourite meal of the day for millions of Americans, but those with a gluten intolerance are out of luck, since many breakfast foods and baked items have been banned from their diet. They must find gluten-free alternatives or go without. For the rising number of Americans who are choosing to follow a gluten-free diet as a healthy lifestyle and for parents experimenting with gluten-free recipes for their families, they, too, are having to do without.
That disappointment will no longer be the case. In Gluten-Free Breakfast, Brunch & Beyond, home cooks will discover a variety of gluten-free recipes for their family’s favourite breakfast foods. From light quick breads, muffins, biscuits and scones to tasty pancakes, waffles, coffee cakes and sweet rolls, this collection of 100 recipes will bring breakfast back to the gluten-free table. A tantalizing array of frittatas, quiches, and breakfast casseroles are perfect for any meal of the day. The recipes in Gluten-Free Breakfast, Brunch & Beyond are quick and easy to make and yield delicious, satisfying results.
In addition to great recipes, Gluten-Free Breakfast, Brunch & Beyond will provide cooks with the information they need about gluten-free ingredients, including ingredients to include—and avoid–in their diet and preparing and measuring ingredients. Each recipe chapter will begin with tips to help home cooks create great-tasting gluten-free breakfast specialities to serve from morning to night.
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
I have to start this review by saying how impressed I am with this book. From the way it has been written, to the detail for people who are new to Gluten Free cooking, to the variety in each section of the book, this is one of the best gluten free cookbooks I’ve picked up.
Linda J Amendt admits in her opening to the book that she herself doesn’t have coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance. But she does have food allergies and friends with gluten intolerances and so takes the need to be careful with gluten very seriously.
She has gone into great detail surrounding cross-contamination, different gluten free flours and flour blends, and how to make your kitchen gluten free, which as many of you know can be quite the ordeal!
In each section she provides information on the best types of pans and equipment to buy to get the best results. It is clear that she has taken great time and care to ensure that people embarking on trying out her recipes get the best possible results.
Now, I am a huge fan of American breakfast food, breads, cakes, waffles, and best of all pancakes! As someone with a gluten allergy I’ve seen these disappear, great for the waste-line not so great for the taste-buds! This book is a treasure trove of treats, for fellow Brits, there is a metric conversion chart on Page 228 or I recommend keeping an eye on Aldi who regularly sell imperial measuring sets at bargain prices!
I’m particularly bowled over with a whole section on Pancakes & Crepes, I have a particular weakness for these little babies. Having been through the waffle section I will definitely be adding a waffle iron to the shopping list!
I’ve also learned that when Americans refer to Coffee Cake they don’t mean ‘Coffee Cake’ as us Brits mean as in cake with coffee in. They mean cakes that go well with coffee. An important distinction to make when you are allergic to caffeine and can’t eat the Brit version of ‘Coffee Cake’!
I highly recommend this book, it will definitely be getting used loads in this house!
Finally, Thanks to Taunton Press for the ARC copy of the book to review!
About Linda J. Amendt:
Linda J. Amendt has authored four cookbooks, with two more books soon to be released, earning 16 national and international book awards for her food writing. Her friendly, easy-going writing style appeals to readers of all ages and makes home cooks feel like she is right there in the kitchen with them, guiding them through the process of preparing her delicious and creative recipes. She has the unique ability to speak to readers on their own experience level, whether they are a beginner or an advanced cook. Linda Amendt fills her books with an abundance of tips and shares her secrets to success so anyone can achieve great results at home in their own kitchen.
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