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Nice nostalgia trip for a coeliac
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.