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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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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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on 11 April 2014
This recipe book is full of lushous looking food, and the author clearly knows what he's talking about and I'm sure the recipes turn out fantastic. However, I found that the recipes include a large amount of ingredients, some obscure, some expensive. It feels like it is a book for people who eat Gluten-Free that want their food to be exactly the same as Gluten-full food, including all the glut and many dairy products he includes, and none of the healthier side of Gluten-free eating. As someone who doesn't have a lot of money, I was put off by the amount of different things I didn't already have in my kitchen that I would have to buy. But if you have money to spare and want that kind of food, it would be a great book.
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on 18 May 2017
really liked the book only disapointment was there was no bread recipes
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on 8 February 2014
When I was told to use a gluten free diet I thought it would be difficult. I was lucky to find this cookery book.
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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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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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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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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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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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