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4.0 out of 5 stars A useful book to have., 8 April 2012
This review is from: The Intolerant Gourmet: Delicious Allergy-friendly Home Cooking for Everyone (Hardcover)
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There is always the problem of what to cook when you have people coming around with dietry requirements. This usually ends up with you cooking two meals, with the 'awkward' people having a poor mans version of what everyone else is eating. This book is filled with loads of delicious recipes that you can serve to everyone with them none the wiser. I am particularly taken with the 'Chicken and Sweet Potatoe Casserole' and the 'Lamb Tagine with Dates and Peppers'.

The book is divided into seasonal chapters with a 'Breads and Baking' section at the end. This looks pretty and is really great if you're keen on only eating seasonal food, but I find it a bit messy as it means that courses are seperated and are not together. I don't really want to look for pudding recipes in four different places.

There is a section at the front explaining various substitutes used for intolerances, which is useful, particularly for laymans like me.

Each recipe has an introductory paragraph that often includes serving suggestions, and other handy information that a lot of other cookbooks lack. For instance her 'Peppers Stuffed with Chestnuts, Chilli and Butternut Squash' are recommended to be served with basmati rice, or alternatively they can go with sautéed kale with garlic, or rocket and potato wedges. She also follows this up with the useful information that they freeze well, along with instructions on how to cook them from frozen.

Most of the recipes are accompanied with a full page photograph of the finished product to tempt you. There are no useless arty photographs here.

This book is primarily aimed at wheat and dairy intolerances. Around a third of the recipes have nuts in them, and those that do are clearly marked.

Overall I would recommend this book to anyone with a wheat or dairy intolerance, or for people who need to cook for them, as all the recipes are very appetising. It just goes to show that having intolerances does not mean you can't eat well. I look forward to her next cookbook.
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