Nosh on This: Gluten-Free Baking from a Jewish-American Kitchenby Lisa Stander-Horel, Tim Horel, Arthur Schwartz
No cookie, strudel, brownie, pie, cake, tart, or treat left behind.
This is the promise Lisa Stander-Horel made when her family went gluten-free more than a decade ago. Now Nosh on This presents more than 100 gluten-free recipes inspired by the classics Lisa grew up helping her mother make—and the bakery and store-bought favorites she/i>/b>
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No cookie, strudel, brownie, pie, cake, tart, or treat left behind.
This is the promise Lisa Stander-Horel made when her family went gluten-free more than a decade ago. Now Nosh on This presents more than 100 gluten-free recipes inspired by the classics Lisa grew up helping her mother make—and the bakery and store-bought favorites she and her family missed the most. Here are Mom’s Marble Chiffon Cake, Black&White Cookies, O’Figginz Bars, and classic holiday treats including Macaroons, Hamantashen, and Big Fat Baked Sufganiyah Jelly Donuts. Bring the nosh back into your life with baked goods that have all the textures and tastes you remember and crave!
Along with every dessert recipe you might desire, Nosh on This also includes:
• A Baked Savories chapter, with instant classics like Corn Bread Challah Stuffing
• An Out of a Box chapter that shows you how to get the most out of a cake mix
• A comprehensive introduction to gluten-free flour (including the Nosh all-purpose blend that can be used in each recipe) and other essential ingredients
• Color photographs and valuable tips throughout.
With Nosh on This you can continue to enjoy all your favorite baked treats and take your gluten-free baking to the next level. Even Bubbe will be impressed.
Unwilling to let a celiac disease diagnosis impede family tradition, Jewish American blogger Stander-Horel (glutenfreecanteen.com; with Horel, Gluten Free Canteen's Book of Nosh: Baking for Jewish Holidays & More) learned to make her mother's and grandmother's recipes without gluten. With her husband and cowriter, Horel, a photographer, she shares more than 100 recipes for desserts, breads, and confections, ranging from the traditional (almond mandelbrot) to the decadent (dark chocolate raspberry cream cake) to the practical (gluten-free egg noodles). This cookbook includes numerous baking tips and resources, and a handy "Jewish Holiday Baking Chart" maps recipes to appropriate occasions. VERDICT Expertise, enthusiasm, and stunning photographs distinguish this excellent gluten-free baking collection.
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Meet the Author
Lisa Stander-Horel and Tim Horel are the writing and photography team behind the baking blog Gluten Free Canteen. The authors have been experimenting with gluten-free baking recipe development for over a decade. Their work has been published in Living Without magazine and a variety of online publications including Salon, Huffington Post, Joy of Kosher, GourmetLive.com, BlogHer Food, and more.
Former restaurant critic and executive food editor of the New York Daily News, Arthur Schwartz is an award-winning cookbook author, including his last Jewish Home Cooking: Yiddish Recipes Revisited, which was named best American-subject cookbook by the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and was nominated for a James Beard book award. He is acknowledged as one of the country's foremost experts on food, cooking, and culinary history. He has a weekly show on WHDD, Robin Hood Radio, an NPR affliate in Sharon, CT.
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Lisa Stander-Horel and Tim Horel’s “Nosh on This” is a veritable treasure trove of delicious Jewish-American baked goods like mandelbrot, hamantashen, rugelach, babka, and macaroons rounded out with cupcakes, donuts, fluffy layer cakes, Danish, éclairs, and Austrian-inspired gems like Sachertorte and Linzer torte. You’ll also find several variations of challah and baked savories like kugels, hand pies, latkes, and quiche, as well as homemade confections (peanut butter cups, marshmallows, truffles, and the sinfully delicious coconut matzo rocky road). The font is easy to read, and I liked that recipe substitutions were printed in a lighter font (although it was a tad hard for me to read as it was light grey; light blue or a different color might have been easier to read from a cookbook holder). Instructions are clear, and there are gorgeous color photos for each recipe. So far I’ve tried three recipes (Mom’s double chocolate gelt, marzipany gooey brownies, and chocolate chunk cherry brownies) and have many more bookmarked (flourless chocolate orange cookies, I’m looking at YOU). I love to bake, but am fairly new to gluten-free baking, so I stuck to familiar territory (baked goods rather than breads; the bread recipes are more complicated than traditional yeast breads as the dough is more fragile and requires careful handling). I’m a chocoholic, and LOVED the double chocolate gelt (next time, I would consider forming the dough into a log, chilling it, rolling it in coarse sugar and slicing it vs. making individual rounds). The brownies were fabulous, especially the marzipan brownies. My only prior experience with GF brownies was from a box mix, and I found it sadly lacking. But these are infused with almondy goodness with the added bonus of mini chocolate chips studded throughout the batter. The macaroons (unlike the recent Macaroon Bible I reviewed) are conveniently dairy-free (and thus healthier and lighter than using sweetened condensed milk as a binder). One of these days I will work up the nerve to attempt the chocolate babka (the recipe calls for 28 ingredients and spans two pages)! This is one of those rare cookbooks where I actually want to make EVERYTHING (usually I count myself lucky if I tag a handful of recipes out of any given cookbook). You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy this cookbook; this should be in EVERY baker’s kitchen. “Nosh on This” is perfect for those new to (gluten-free) baking; there are plenty of tips, a “411” on frequently-used ingredients, a handy locator list for equipment, ingredients and information, celiac and Jewish baking resources, and the aforementioned Jewish holiday baking chart. This is a blessing for those who are celiac or gluten-intolerant (I count myself in the latter category), or even if you’re an experienced baker looking for a challenge and some new, delicious recipes to add to your baking repertoire (I’m eager to try the apple upside-down cake with honey pomegranate syrup for fall). Thank you Lisa Stander-Horel and Tim Horel (and their blog Gluten-Free Canteen) for making the delicious Jewish-American treats of our childhoods accessible once again!