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Gluten Free Recipe Book Review
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This is the third book Bette Hagman published. I haven't seen the other two, but, I'm going to find them as soon as possible. This one alone has numerous ideas, bulk flour recipes (three or four different kinds for different recipes) so you can make a bulk flour mix ahead of time and then create the recipes she provides later.
I've Been Gradually Gluten Free Until Six Months Ago
When I discovered I needed to eat gluten free foods I started approaching it gradually. I would buy things that didn't say ''gluten free'' on the package thinking 'this must be since it is oats' for example. I discovered, thanks to my daughter, gluten free labels are a must and I must go 100% gluten free to stop the problematic and painful symptoms of Celiac Disease.
I am so delighted to find this book. The author has written two additional books before she wrote this one. The series focuses on gourmet recipes for gluten free diets. She also has substitution options for vegetarian and dairy free diets.
The sections on breads, cakes, and desserts, is astonishing. I wanted to start shopping for ingredients right away. She provides step-by-step ideas for using machines (bread machine or large mixers) as well as making recipes by hand.
It is obvious she has many years experience and is sharing a lot of details I didn't think of before.
If Not Processed With Gluten Free Products
Gluten Free Foods
Might Be Gluten Free
Never Gluten Free
Fruits and Vegetables Raw
Check All Labels
I Thought Gradual Gluten Free Was Enough
Over the years since 2010 when I first discovered I needed to find a new meal plan I didn't really take the time to do the research and find out enough about my intolerance to gluten. I've since discovered when I avoid all gluten I have less flare-ups and have longer remission. In fact, I believe the few flare-ups I have had can be directly a result of having gluten unaware.
There are many recipes which have small amounts of wheat products in them which unless I take the time to do all of the research I will miss.
Which is another reason why I am recommending this book. By reading each of the recipes and becoming familiar with the substitutions (compared to traditional recipes) I am learning more about the hidden gluten in foods I wouldn't have considered to watch out for.
By the Author of Gluten Free Gourmet
There Are Two Page Screenshots...
Below is one of two table of contents screenshots I wanted to show you so you have a better idea how many sections are dedicated to the recipes most of us have surrendered to never enjoy again.
I was so amazed by the first page with cakes, breads, pies, cookies, pastries, and then another section for desserts, I would have bought this book just for those recipes. But you'll see she didn't stop there. As you scroll down to the second page of contents you then see where I began to learn a lot more about the source of gluten.
Page One Table of Contents
Do You Or Anyone You Know Have A Gluten Free Meal Plan?
Which answer best describes you?
More Recipes Than I Thought Possible!
To simplify, I have avoided breads, cakes, desserts, and breaded foods. Which honestly is not as easy to do. The cook book seemed like a step back into the bakery. With pages of recipes for some of the most delicious sounding treats!
Here are a few of my favorites I have on my list to try first.
- No Bake Granola Bars
- Light Lemon Cheese Cake
- Biscuit Mix
- Hand Mixing Breads
- Cinnamon Raisin Nut Bread
As you can see, these are going to be treats I haven't had in awhile, and the first things I make from this book.
As You Scroll The Second Page...
This is the second page of the table of contents. I was surprised to see condiments, soups, and even bean dishes, until I started reading the recipes. I didn't put the pieces together until I saw just how many recipes are including ingredients which affect my flare-ups.
Now I can find out what to make, how to make it myself, and keep track much better without having to simply avoid things that do or might have gluten in them.
Until someone tells us we can not have certain things (bread for example) I didn't realize how much of something was in my diet. Pastas and breads have been missed the most. Now I can make my own gluten free pasta at home and enjoy the dishes I have gone without for so long.
I'm grateful to Bette Hagman for her diligence in this topic. She was diagnosed and determined not to settle for a boring meal plan. She worked hard, studied, tested, and has been so dedicated she has three books published beginning with her first recipe book in 1990, the sequel in 1993, the first fast and healthy versions in 1996, and the revision (as shown above) in 2000.
I would love to own the whole set one day.
Page Two Table of Contents
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- Gluten Free Banana Bread
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- Your Autistic Child May Be Gluten Intolerant--and More
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- Gluten Free Information Foods Cookbooks Recipes
A Gluten free life can be challenging but understanding how to live with a gluten allergy, discovering simple gluten free recipes and foods can make it much
- Celiac Disease Foundation
I believe this is the best resource for up-to-date information about Celiac Disease and Living Gluten Free.
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