As part of my article on food intolerances for issue 2 of GEEKED entitled ‘Intolerant Bitch’ I listed a few very good books that should be a must have in any intolerant kitchen.
Here are the reviews. I hope you find them helpful.
Also if you have any suggestions of other culinary books for food intolerances, why not leave a comment and share your list with us?
Vegan Holiday Kitchen
Author: Nava Atlas
I bought this book in December when trying to decide what to cook for Christmas dinner. With recipes for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Passover and Easter amongst others, most of the year’s festivities are covered. No only that but also the author points out which recipes are Gluten Free, Nut Free, Soy Free and gives (when possible) tips on how to make them free from.
Author: Erin McKenna
Let’s just say that this book saved my life! I absolutely LOVE baking, but since I developed my intolerances, I was only baking for others because I couldn’t eat anything I baked. Well, not anymore… McKenna an ‘intolerant lady’ herself, decided to put her baking talents and sweet tooth into making delicious bakery goods that we sensitive eaters can all enjoy. It takes a while to get used to all the new ingredients, and you might find it a bit expensive, but once your cupboard has had a revamp with new stacks of different flours, xanthan gum, coconut oil and so on, you’ll see that these will last long, and you will be delightedly surprised with what you CAN eat! Wait until you try those Raspberry Scones!
Babycakes Covers the Classics
Author: Erin McKenna
And then came the second one. With Babycakes Covers the Classics, McKenna brings us DONUTS!!! Oh my… I went to Babycakes NYC this summer and I couldn’t resist buying one of each of the donuts they had. They tasted like something I’ve never tasted before; let’s call it a Donut 2.0 if you will (that’s how good they are!) and they’re baked instead of fried, all the taste and none of the guilt. And the recipes on how to bake them yourself, are all in this book.
LEON Naturally Fast Food
Authors: Henry Dimbleby & John Vincent
This is easily one of the best cookery books in my vast collection so far. Fun, engaging and full of interesting and helpful food facts. It’s a book for every eater, not just free from, which helps a lot when you live with or cook for other people who can eat anything. The recipes come with icons that clearly define if they are or not suitable for you, these cover, foods: with no or low in animal fat; low GI/ good sugars; wheat free; dairy free; gluten free; vegetarian and indulgence. You just can’t go wrong with this one.
LEON Baking and Puddings
Authors: Claire Ptak & Henry Dimbleby
So here the same rule of awesomeness applies. With a system of icons that define the recipes as being: low in saturated fats; low GI; wheat free; gluten free; dairy free and of course indulgence, these are also divided in different levels of difficulty, or confidence as they call it. And just when I thought I couldn’t have apple crumble or pie anymore, they show me how I can do so with their Apple Crisp. Yay, happy days!
The Intolerant Gourmet
Author: Pippa Kendrick
Feeling nervous about experimenting with recipes? Well then try this one instead. No messing about here, this book has only recipes that are gluten free, wheat free, dairy and egg free. Kendrick starts of by giving us an explanation on why is it that we might be intolerant and the importance of replacing the problem foods with others that will give you the nutrients and vitamins that will help keep you healthy. The book is split into 5 parts: Spring; Summer; Autumn; Winter and Breads and Baking. Beautiful and tasty recipes for any occasion.
Give Me Gluten Free
app developed by Samantha Martin
Not a book but equally helpful this is an app for when in are out and about. Samantha Martin developed this app while at uni after being diagnosed with Coeliac disease in 2010.
This app helps you find restaurant and coffee shops around you which are gluten free, and you can also review places, add your own photos if food and checkin. Not only that but you can yourself add new places you find thus letting the community know of a new place to eat and enjoy food.
More info about this app at givemeglutenfree.com