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Covers all the bases (and cakes!),
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This review is from: Gluten-, Nut-, Egg- & Dairy-Free Celebration Cakes: 42 Simple and Delicious Recipes for Bakers and Cake Decorators (Hardcover)
The first part of this book gives invaluable and in-depth advice about how to bake for people with food allergies and intolerances, including how to avoid cross-contamination, hidden ingredients and which are suitable for each type of diet. Unlike the previous reviewer, I don't think the book claims to cover all bases in one. I never for one second thought that I'd find recipes that were gluten-free AND nut-free AND egg-free AND dairy-free. I think that is almost impossible to achieve and I certainly wouldn't mark the author down for this. As a vegan, I know I can adapt a dairy-free recipe to exclude eggs and someone who doesn't eat gluten could make similar substitutions with the readily-available gluten-free flour that's available.
All the basic types of cake someone might be asked to produce are there (vanilla sponge, fruit cake, carrot cake, coffee & walnut etc) and there are charts for the more popular cakes that give quantities for different sizes. Revelations for me were the American frosting, which can be used to give a similar effect to covering a cake in royal icing and the vegan versions of different modelling pastes. Even better, as someone who hates marzipan, there's a nut-free alternative (though I'll be using vanilla essence as the flavouring!). There are very useful step-by-step photos to illustrate how to crumb-coat a cake, how to cover a cake with sugarpaste etc.
The last part of the book has projects, including innovative decorated biscuits, individual mini cakes and stunning wedding cakes. Finally, there are charts showing you which manufacturers' products are suitable for which diet (helpful, but readers would still need to check carefully in case a product's ingredients change).
I had a couple of questions and contacted the author through her website. She responded very promptly and gave me the answers I was looking for, so hats off to her for that.
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Initial post: 27 Mar 2013 21:04:21 GMT
"never for one second thought that I'd find recipes that were gluten-free AND nut-free AND egg-free AND dairy-free. I think that is almost impossible to achieve and I certainly wouldn't mark the author down for this"
I completely disagree with you, if the book mention those allergies in the title, I would expect that the recipes SHOULD cater for those allergies and it should not be thought of as impossible, that is very narrow minded. An allergy diet is completely different from a vegan diet. I have been cooking AMAZINGLY GOOD food and cakes that are all FREE FROM NUTS, WHEAT, GLUTEN, EGGS, DAIRY, SOYA, SESAME, ALMONDS AND COCONUT, so here to prove you very very wrong claim and a very unuseful feedback - it is possible and expected to cover all those allergies in the recepies if these are mentioned on the cover.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2013 21:28:47 GMT
If what you make is so amazing then why bother buying the book? If your recipes don't contain gluten, nuts, eggs, dairy and all the other ingredients you mentioned all at the same time then good for you; you could have disagreed without being arrogant or insulting. The book DOES cover recipes that are free of all these ingredients, just not all within the same recipe (although the author provides further advice on further substitutions). You may not have found the book useful (in which case you could have returned it for a refund) but I did and so will plenty of others.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2013 22:32:03 GMT
I think your reply is more of an arrogant than mine, just making a comment that you are not aware that these food restrictions are possible and sometimes essential. As for why I bother with another book, that is my concern to always improve and add to my repertoire.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2013 22:44:45 GMT
If you buy a book, denounce it as "rubbish," but keep it anyway that's your choice. Just as it is my choice to say there are plenty of positive points to the book.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2013 22:57:43 GMT
Good for you to find it positive and no one said otherwise, I merely disagreed with your misjudgment and ill informed that it is impossible to have it free from all at once. You seem to be someone who is paranoid about anyone disagreeing with your comments and hey, it can happen, accept it. It's great that you and many others find the book useful and it is a good book too, but I have an opinion that happens to be different from yours, so give up your meaningless argument. Good night
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