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The Healthy Gluten-Free Life: 200 Delicious Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free and Egg-Free Recipes!

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8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

My favorite allergy friendly cookbook! You may have to adjust the temp & bake time

This is my favorite gluten free/allergen friendly cookbook (I have 15)! My family is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and we can't have seafood either. I've done 38 of the recipes in this cookbook, many of which are now in my family's regular rotation. My family has l...
This is my favorite gluten free/allergen friendly cookbook (I have 15)! My family is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and we can't have seafood either. I've done 38 of the recipes in this cookbook, many of which are now in my family's regular rotation. My family has loved nearly all of them. The layout is fantastic (but, note to to the publisher, the fractions should be a larger font size.) The photo recipe index in the back is genius!! A lot of the kitchen tips and tricks were helpful as was some of the information about ingredients and resources! I do have a few tips if you do get this book. The most important one has to do with elevation. I lived in Bend (the author is from Bend). The elevation there is 3,623 ft. So if you are from a high elevation area do not hesitate to get this cookbook right now, it's perfect for you. When I first moved to Bend I was frustrated because all of my favorite recipes turned out dry or burnt and I had to adjust everything. I now live in Salem. My elevation is 781 ft at my house. That's a big difference in elevation! If you know anything about baking and elevation then you know they don't turn out the same in high and low elevation! This doesn't mean you shouldn't get this book!! On the contrary...you just have to adjust some things. Make sure you have an oven thermometer. I have to add 25 degrees to the stated baking temp for any baked good and watch my cooking time (most of the time it has to come out of the oven a bit earlier.) i.e. For the double trouble chocolate chip cookies (which are AMAZING) I cook them at 375 degrees F for 9 minutes. I have to add a bit more liquid to some baked goods as well (i.e. I use a few more tablespoons liquid for scones). My simplest tip is for the flour tortillas. I use an ice cream scoop to measure my tortillas (this way they're all about the same size) and clear plastic wrap. The clear plastic wrap lets you see the shape as you're rolling it and doesn't crease your tortillas as easily the more tortillas you roll. Don't be afraid to adjust the seasonings in recipes! Not everyone likes things the same. Some of our favorites are: scones, batter mix (fantastic chicken nuggets, fried veggies, etc), corn dogs (my daughter's favorite), pizza crust (use a baking stone and parchment paper instead of a pan if you want it extra crunchy on the bottom), flour tortillas, easy beans, famous mashed potatoes, taco seasoning, chocolate chip cookies & double trouble chocolate chip cookies (if you love chocolate, this is the VERY BEST....Seriously...the VERY BEST). I still have a lot more to try out, but this cookbook is wonderful!

posted by TwyllaDawn on May 22, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

The ultimate allergy-free cook book - must have for ppl dealing with food insensitivities!

I recently saw a naturopath who recommended a gluten-, rice-, soy-, corn-, dairy-free diet to help put my ulcerative colitis into remission. Initially, I was frozen and didn't know what I would be able to eat. With the help of Tammy's book, I found hundreds of great r...
I recently saw a naturopath who recommended a gluten-, rice-, soy-, corn-, dairy-free diet to help put my ulcerative colitis into remission. Initially, I was frozen and didn't know what I would be able to eat. With the help of Tammy's book, I found hundreds of great recipes to replace or alter some of my favorite meals. Her recipes range from extremely simple (short preparation, minimal ingredients) to more complex dishes. She has helped me become more creative for re-imagining some of my own recipes - especially with her sauce recipes. The one drawback for me (which probably wouldn't apply to a lot of people) is the extensive list of baked goods. I'm not a big sweets fan and don't crave muffins, etc. but for someone looking to replace gluten-filled desserts this cookbook is your bible.

posted by T_J_C on June 23, 2012

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