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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 16 March 2013
I hadn't heard of the author or Love Food books so had no idea what the quality of the book or the recipes would be like. I thought it was worth a try though because it wasn't expensive and it seemed like it could be exactly what I was after: straightforward recipes for a good range of classic breads, pastries and cakes that I'd always eaten but now can't because of coeliac disease. And moreover, recipes that were not unnecessarily dependent on a wide and expensive range of hard-to-come-by ingredients that I would only use occasionally.

The book itself is a really nicely presented book and the recipes cover simple, well-known classics such as lemon meringue pie, gateaus, fruit cakes, chocolate fudge cake, brownies, cookies, doughnuts and profiteroles. To some this may seem a little bit dated and uninspired but it was exactly what I wanted because a good proportion of them are recipes I know I will actually use pretty regularly. The author does make use of a number of specialist flours but these are limited to a few recipes where he has obviously felt it particularly necessary to supplement ready-blended flour mixes. He does say in the book as well that in most cases the recipes that make use of extra ingredients can be made just using ready-blended flour mixes. Generally, if you've got a bag of gluten free flour, some rice flour and maybe some ground almonds, you're pretty much set for the basics in most of the recipes. So far I have made more recipes out of this than other gluten free recipe books I own in a much shorter space of time, so it has already been well worth buying.

The only reason I've given it 4 instead of 5 stars is that when I've made a couple of the recipes I've had to adjust the amounts for some ingredients because I could see that doing exactly as stated clearly wouldn't have worked. I don't know why this was but I wouldn't say it makes it a bad book though. Also, some recipes are a bit too simple even for me, like apple crumble and apple pie.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2012
I love to bake and until now, didn't really like the gluten-free recipes I've found in magazines and newspapers. This is a wonderful book. We've made several recipes from it (the carrot cupcakes with cream cheese lime icing are divine) and they all work very well. Next: 'REAL' bread. Onwards and upwards!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2013
Found this little gem of a book and all the recipes looked so appetising. Gave it a go have tried 3 recipes so far and you wouldn't know the end result is amazing so tasty you would never believe its all gluten free.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2013
This is an excellent book .I bought this book as so many friends and family have different eating problems .I now have no problem or excuse not to have gluten free food in my store larder when guests arrive, and can be eaten by all I no longer have the problem of baking for different needs and have more time to spend with guests.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2013
really enjoying baking these recipes
lovely book to work with, illustrations helpful
non gluten free family and friends can not tell the difference
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2013
Excellent recipes. Ones we have tries all work and the non gluten members of the family are eating them too
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2014
My mum has coeliac disease, an intolerance to gluten, and my mum has cooked several of these recipes since I bought her the book for Christmas and they are great! When followed properly, with simple instructions and ingredients (no overly fancy tins or expensive ingredients needed), it turns out wonderful, just as good as other baking, if not better!

Definitely recommend for anyone
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2014
I had almost mastered the baking world and I was suddenly struck down by gluten intolerence. Depressed for a little while (especially since nearly every gluten free cake/biscuit product I've bought taste likes cardboard) I saw this as a new challenge to make the best gluten free cakes ever. So good that no one would be able to tell the difference.

I bought this book as inspiration and the first recipe I tried (Banana and Maple Cream Cupcakes) turned out so good I declared them the best cupcakes I'd ever made. Very sweet, moist and spongy (if ever so slightly denser than a normal cupcake) I have uploaded a photo for you all to see how they turned out.

I want to thank this man for showing me that just because somethings gluten free, doesnt mean it has to taste bad. Cannot wait to make the rest of recipes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2014
My niece who has a gluten intolerance has struggled to find books that contain recipes worth doing as lots have overly fancy ingredients. She loves this book and has already cooked lots of things out of it. A good buy.
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on 9 February 2014
After buying a few books on making gluten free meals which were mostly salads and then occasionally a piece of fish and salad....how patronizing :( Anyway this book was hugely refreshing firstly well done making a book that is beautiful and has the attention to detail that has been so lacking in the other books I have. And as its a baking book it has no salad :)

Each recipe has a appetizing photo which motivates you to try baking gluten free again and it doesn't taste like cardboard. There are plenty of cake recipes and indulgent treats to try as well as getting the basics of bread and pastry which I've had trouble with before.
The only "special" ingredients I've come across so far is Glycerine, Xanthan gum and Wheat free flour which are available even in more remote places.
For a woman who was at the end of her tether with gluten free baking I would highly recommend this book, it's the best wheat free baking I've had. so far I've had cherry pie, chocolate brownies, chocolate sponge, and bread they have all been delicious and I am looking forward to trying out more recipes.
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