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Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook Paperback – Dec 22 2009
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“Somehow, without using wheat flour, dairy, soy, eggs, or nuts, Pascal finds that baking ‘possibilities are endless’ and with recipes for Chocolate Chunk Brownie Bars, Classic Yellow Cake, or Brandied Peach Tart, she is very convincing.” “the kind of advice that can make you an intuitive, allergen-free baker.”
“The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook is...a triumph for the food-allergic community. ...This book is a goldmine for special-diet bakers—particularly for parents of newly diagnosed kids who don’t know where to begin.”
“If food allergies post [sic: pose] a…concern…, Cybele Pascal’s remarkable allergen-free creations are the solution. ...Pascal’s patience, time, and tinkering has produced 100 mouthwatering recipes, and she proved their photogenic perfection with 20 full-color photos. ...her recipes are specially formulated and rigorously tested, so follow them closely for outstanding results.”
“a beautiful book, with lavish photography and accessible recipes. I like this book so much that I was thrilled to be asked for a blurb for the back. You’ll love it too. These are the most luscious gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, peanut-and-tree-nut- and sesame-free treats you are likely to ever see.”
—Shauna James Ahern, glutenfreegirl.com
“helpful hints that will help make your kitchen comfortable despite whatever no-no’s you have to deal with.”
“The recipes in this book look delish even if you don’t suffer from allergies. ...this sweet cookbook looks like it covers all the bases.”
“more than 100 baked treats that do not compromise on taste. ...The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook offers new allergy-free ways to enjoy some of the most well-known and loved baked goods.”
“For those of us who are blissfully free of food allergies, this book may seem unnecessary. But if you have a nephew with a peanut allergy, a neighbor child who is lactose intolerant or a friend with celiac disease, you can now serve them luscious baked goods that they can eat without fear. You can make them feel NORMAL.”
—United Media Syndicate’s “Eat In and Save” Column, Marialisa Calta
"Using her Gluten-Free Flour Mix—a combination of Authentic Foods superfine brown rice flour (worth its weight in gold), potato starch and tapioca flour—author Pascal (The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook) offers baked treats for the 25 million Americans suffering from food allergies. With a well-stocked pantry, readers will be able once again to enjoy favorites like gingerbread, chocolate chip cookies, pizza, and brownies without fear of a reaction. Those without allergies can also benefit from Pascal’s collection—100 dishes, in fact, are suitable for vegans. Though recipes call for more ingredients than bakers are probably used to—dairy-free, soy-free vegetable shortening, agave nectar, and xanthan gum make frequent appearances—Pascal’s sage advice on substitutions (applesauce in lieu of eggs, canola oil for butter, rice milk for cow’s, etc.) should relieve some of the sticker shock. For sensitive diners and those who cook for them, Pascal’s winning collection deserves a look." (Jan.)
–Publishers Weekly, Web-Exclusive Review, 11/23/09
Well-known chef Pascal (The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook) is also the mother of a boy with severe food allergies. Her cookbook features recipes for baked goods, both sweet and savory, that omit the eight foods responsible for most allergies (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shelfish, soy, and wheat). This requires stocking your pantry differently; for example, to make Fudge Brownies, you'll need dairy-free, soy-free vegetable shortening, prune purée, Pascal's flour mix, xanthan gum, and dairy-free, soy-free chocolate chips. With an extensive list of product resources and support groups, this is an excellent title for both allergen-conscious bakers and vegan cooks.
–Library Journal, Starred Review, 11/15/09
“The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook will be a boon to many. Instead of a drab existence, those living with food allergies will eat freely and well with its reliable recipes: Chocolate Chip Cupcakes; Raspberry Galette with Cornmeal Crust; and Cinnamon Rolls for Sunday mornings. I’ll be baking out of this book for years, and I’m sure you will be too.”
–Shauna James Ahern, author of Gluten-Free Girl
“Few allergen-free cookbooks address the reader with the same grace, compassion, humor, and understanding of their core audience that Cybele Pascal’s does. With smart, easy-to-make, and beautifully pictured recipes, Cybele makes ‘luscious,’ ‘delectable,’ and ‘mouthwatering’ the new allergen-free baking buzzwords. Keep The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook in your kitchen for constant reference, and get your crumble on!”
–Sloane Miller, president of Allergic Girl Resources
“Children and adults living with food allergies should not be deprived of homemade treats, so I am eager to recommend The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook to my clients. The recipes have the extra advantage of using nutrient-dense, minimally processed ingredients such as whole grains, seeds, and fruits. Finally, all of your favorite treats and allergen-free and gluten-free recipes are in one book!”
–Wendy Elverson, RD, LDN, pediatric nutritionist in Clinical Nutrition Service at Children’s Hospital Boston and consultant with the Child Development Network
About the Author
Cybele Pascal is a food writer and the author of the bestselling Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook. She has been a guest on The Martha Stewart Show, the Food Network, the Today show, ABC News, and NPR. She is a regular contributor to Living Without, the magazine for people with allergies and food sensitivities, and her recipes have appeared in many national publications, including Good Housekeeping, Allergic Living, and NY Parent. In addition to her culinary work, she is also an award-winning playwright. Pascal is the proud mother of two sons, Lennon and Montgomery. She lives in Los Angeles with her food-allergic family: husband Adam, sons Lennon and Monte, and their dogs Izzie and Carly (who also has food allergies).See all Product Description
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This book is so much more than just a cookbook to me. This book represents a way of experiencing "normal" foods in spite of all the allergies. It's a guide to creating a birthday cake that doesn't have to have the label "allergy-free cake", because it is so yummy that the non-allergic crowd can enjoy it too. It is a confidence booster in that you don't need to alter the recipes and hope they work out. It is the first book I pick up when I want to bake. This is truly a breakthrough book for those of us living with allergies and I strongly encourage you to give it a try.
I had purchased this book looking for recipes for my grandson. He has spent most of his life back and forth to hospitals, specialist, dieticians, he had been on a feeding tube for 5 months. He has been diagnosed with all the food allergies and celiac disease, along with numerous other allergies...dust, ragweed, pet dander and the list goes on. This book as been a god send. I felt so bad when he couldn't have what his brother and sister was having, he loved melons but that too has been taken away. We had to try and find ways to have all the nutrients he needed, stay at a certain level. You can purchase pre-made items that just doesn't compare to the recipes in this book.
I purchased this book in time for Easter. The first recipe I made was the orange cranberry muffins, he was a little leary at first but he loves them now. I found the recipes are easy to follow and I get such a great feeling when baking, knowing he can finally have something decent. I found to stock the pantry was a little costly but well worth it.
I recommend this book to anyone with allergies and who want delicious tasting recipes!
Most recent customer reviews
It is good to have a recipe book to make the desserts my family can eat. Love itPublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book has nice ideas, but I don't like the recipes. Each one uses about a cuproduct of agave nectar ... Read morePublished 12 months ago by anglo
I tried many recipes from this book, so far only a few have flopped, most are good. You can replace certain ingredients to your taste.Published 21 months ago by Natalia Rayo
Easy to make recipies that gluten eating family members enjoy as well. My favorites are the chocolate torte and orange rum cakeuooPublished on July 17 2014 by Erin Gleig
This is the book that everyone goes to for allergy free cooking and living tips !! I love the red velvet cake !!Published on Feb. 3 2014 by Jonas A Cosh
You were wondering what you can bake when you have allergies? Here is the answer. Easy recipes. The kids will love it. Just for everybodyPublished on July 25 2013 by Mary-Ann
Hi, this book has very tasty recipes! It's my favorite allergen-free recipe book. My only wish would be to find less fat and less sugar (healthier) desserts.
I love this book! The recipes are easy to follow.
Before when I tried making baked goods, I would always mess up the recipes and it wouldn't turn out, but with this book,... Read more