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Monday, June 20, 2011

BEA Book Spotlight: Gluten-Free, Anyone?

Over the next few weeks I will feature books that I received at Book Expo America and the Book Blogger Convention.  In most cases I have not read the book yet, but simply want to share with you my first impressions from the conventions and let you know why the book attracted my attention.


Kiddo is, among other dietary restrictions, on a gluten-free diet.  Have you ever tried to find gluten AND dairy free cookies that actually taste good?  It's quite difficult (and expensive, but that's another story). So I was pretty excited when I saw this book:



Gluten Free Cookies, by Luane Kohnke
(You can check out the first few pages on Amazon.com.)

Not only are the cookies in this book delicious LOOKING but I'm pretty certain most of them will be delicious TASTING as well, at least for Kiddo (who is used to gluten free foods).  Why?  Because Ms. Kohnke did her homework.  She tested her cookies using four different types of gluten free flour, and her taste-tasters were both gluten and non-gluten eaters.  She explains all this in the introduction to the book and I have to say that I am impressed - I can't wait to try out some of these recipes!

Kiddo and I rarely (as in maybe once a year) make cookies together.  That's because there aren't that many cookie recipes that we can make from scratch that actually taste good.  I'm really excited about some of the recipes in this book though - each recipe has an accompanying picture and they all look delicious!  I'll have to do some substitutions (non-dairy milk and butter are the biggest issues) so I know that our cookies won't be exactly the same but I trust that they will be good anyway!

If you know of anyone who is living gluten free, consider this book as a gift to them.  Good gluten free desserts are hard to find!


10 comments:

Miss Remmers said...

This is a really good idea on how to showcase books received! Happy baking!

Amanda said...

I'll keep my eye out for it. My stepmom and all her family have celiac (sp?) and have to eat gluten-free.

bermudaonion said...

Let us know how the cookies turn out!

TheBookGirl said...

Hope their are some things in there that appeal to your child's taste buds :) you are so right about so much of the gluten-free baked goods that are non-dairy tasting less than spectacular, to put it nicely :)

avisannschild said...

I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on these recipes once you've tried a few of them. I'm gluten-free (as are many members of my family), so I know what you mean when you say it's hard to find good gluten-free desserts!

Sara said...

Thanks for showcasing this, and I hope you'll let us know how it goes after you try the recipes! I'm gluten-free also, and always looking for new recipes to try.

Alison's Book Marks said...

My sister has Celiac Disease (among other things) and with all the changes she has had to make to her diet this past year, I think GOOD tasting cookies are the hardest. I'll be looking forward to a recipe review! :)

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I am curious how they taste. I am not gluten free but would be interested in the taste as like you said, what a good gift idea.

carolsnotebook said...

The cookies on the cover look delicious!

Kathleen said...

This is a real find. Thanks for sharing.

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