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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts; Original edition (Dec 22 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587613484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587613487
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 1.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.”
Cookbook Digest
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.”
Living Without
“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,
“helpful hints that will help make your kitchen comfortable despite whatever no-no’s you have to deal with.”
—Gluten-Free Living
“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.”
—VegNews Magazine
“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.”
—Vitamin Retailer

“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).

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This book provides recipes for cakes, cookies, pies, cobblers, muffins, biscuits, and breads too -- all without gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame. There are lovely photos of baked goods that inspire you to try everything shown. I am tempted to start at the beginning and cook my way through the book, but then I would have to wait a couple months before having a vanilla cupcake again -- and that is not going to happen! I have made the vanilla cupcakes with vanilla icing four times this month alone, plus the delectable carrot ginger layer cake with orange buttercream frosting and the chocolate layer cake with dark chocolate frosting. Every cake was a winner.

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.
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Cybele Pascal, I can't thank you enough!
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!
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I would recommend this book 150% ! Directions are easy to follow & if you follow it, you will have awsome results! All the common things a gluten eating person would eat are in this book, except they are VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE !! i.e. pumpkin loaf, chocolate chip cookie, etc. I havent tried even half of the recipes yet but the few I have tried all turned out very, very nice! I must say though, I have tried using different flours instead of the rice she recommends (I already eat a lot of rice, really dont need anymore if I can avoid it!) and they also have turned out just as good! i.e. sorghum instead of the rice. The chocolate cupcake is amazing!! I took it to work and co-workers asked "how did you get it so nice and light?". I must say, I always try to avoid starches if and when possible and I have made a few muffins/cupcakes without the starch (soy flour instead) and they also have turned out really, really well. This book has given me lots of ideas in making my own but it really is a great book on its own! The one thing I didnt like is she uses Agave nectar a lot in her recipes and this is quite expensive here. The biggest bottle is $12 and I use it one time (usually 3/4 cup per recipe) and that's more than half of the bottle there! Also, there is a lot of starch in the flour mix . . . as with all gluten free recipes . . . but as I mentioned, I do without it if and when at all possible! She does use Ener-G as egg replacer, which means more starch. GREAT FIRST BOOK THOUGH. Actually, I havent even bothered to purchase another one! I do wish there were calories in each of the recipe per serving & more pictures though. I have frozen a few muffins already, which I take to work or eat for breakfast. Next week, I want to make the crunchy oatmeal cookies ! Yum, cant wait!
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I've been gluten, dairy and nut free for a few years, but this was one of the first books I ever tried. I had AMAZING results from everything except the breads. (I've probably made 20 different recipes in this book). All of the breads turned out way too dense so I'm not sure what the problem was. I've been able to successfully make breads with other gluten free recipes in other books, just not this one. BUT... If you want delicious desserts and snacks - this book is a must buy!! The blueberry boy bait, double chocolate cookies and the chocolate sandwich cookies are a few I keep going back to.
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The recipes are easy to follow and the food is simply amazing. The cinnamon rolls I made using the recipe in the book were very successful with non-allergic family members. My sister-in-law said they were the best she's ever eaten!
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This is a good cookbook but I won't use it a lot because of the sugar in the recipes. I'm trying to cope with gluten intolerance and diabetes. Not the author's fault.
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