I have been dabbling in gluten free cooking for quite a while now. Although Misteright and The Boy both still eat foods containing gluten, I’ve almost completely cut it from my life. There are some foods containing gluten that my body can handle and some that it can’t. I’m learning my limits and I’m always on the look out for gluten free recipes. So when the opportunity arose to review the book Gluten Free Secrets by Anette Harbech Olsen & Lone Bendsten came along, I was doing a bit of a happy dance.
Gluten Free Secrets is packed with useful information on gluten free products to use in your store cupboard along with some great ways to make your old gluten filled favourites. No one should go without something they love to eat because of an allergy or intolerance and this book can show you how. It’s taught me quite a lot of things I didn’t know about gluten free foods and introduced me to some more interesting ingredients that I’ve never used before (and had a bit of trouble getting off-line!)
There are more than just a few recipes in the book that I have tried out already. The sweet potato soup is truly amazing but sadly it didn’t last long enough to take a picture. Neither did the brownies which were munched away happily when we had guests over. The soup was so good. I will definitely be making some more when the colder weather comes back around again later in the year. I also made up a tub of gluten free flour mix for baking with. The recipe is in the very back of the book along with easy recipes for home made almond milk and egg substitutes. .The brownies tasted good, even with the rice flour and olive oil. If you come here often, you will know that brownies are my signature bake. I’m a bit of a purist and tend not to use olive oil and I always opt for butter or coconut oil. This recipe may have swayed my thinking somewhat and I might (don’t hold me to that) try experimenting with olive oil.
A couple of recipes in the book were a bit strange. Until I read it, I had never heard of coconut macaroons having dates inside. I’m not quite sure Misteright would be adventurous enough to try them (he can’t stand the taste of dates) but The Boy absolutely loves coconut macaroons so I will have to get him to help make and test them to see if they are as good as the ones we usually make.
The book is available now from Amazon for just £9.99 which in my opinion, is well worth the money. This book can teach you some valuable money saving secrets when it comes to gluten free cooking. Specialist gluten free items are expensive and some of them taste awful considering the price you pay for them. It’s much cheaper, and tastes so much nicer when you make your own. If you want a chance to win one of three copies of the book then follow the instructions below…
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Disclaimer – I received a complementary copy of the book Gluten Free Secrets for the purpose of this review.