Recipe Book Love

26 Sep

Whilst I am away on my mini break on the South coast, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite recipe books.

Food blogs are great, don’t get me wrong, love me a good food blog. I spend hours faffing on my Ipad perusing blogs, emailing myself (and my Mum and my sister) recipes that sound Jess friendly or adaptable to my exacting food intolerance demands and generally losing myself in the wonderful world of allergen friendly cooking and baking.

But nothing beats a good recipe book. I love it when I get a new one; with its pages all fresh with so many exciting ideas to try. My purchases from Amazon recently may suggest I have a slight addiction / obsession (yes remember that personality trait….) You see being diagnosed with so many food intolerances is not a problem in my eyes, instead it’s the perfect opportunity to change and refine my diet and the perfect excuse to invest in some new culinary reading matter! Here are a few of my recent finds that are becoming firm favourites in our household:



The Intolerant Gourmet by Pippa Kendrick

Every recipe I have made out of Pippa’s book has turned out wonderfully. Is that down to my cooking or the recipe creator?! The recipe creator I think. Pippa’s recipes are free from wheat, dairy, yeast, egg and soya. Her book is beautiful. Plain and Simple. Hard-backed, the recipes are clearly set out with lots of bright photos of fab looking food that just cries out to be made. Spanning light meals, main dishes, sweet treats and baking, Pippa offers the whole range of recipes arranged by season which provides a wonderful unique angle to this collection of inspiring recipes.

I have made her roasted vegetable quinoa salad with the Moroccan flavours of cumin, coriander and honey, as well as her basic biscuit recipe with add ins of peanut butter and chocolate chip. Both recipes were delicious.  The flat bread recipe was simple and tasty, forming the perfect wrap for our Greek chicken humus filling one evening. Mr B made us the hot smoked salmon creamy pasta sauce, using rice cream in place of the gluten-full oat cream as stated in the recipe. My whole family ate the creamy pasta carbonara that we made using the recipe in Pippa’s book that uses ground cashews to give the cheesy flavour. It was so good!

I am yet to try any of her yeast free bread recipes, but as soon as energy allows I will be straight onto it. I am very excited at the prospect of gluten, dairy and yeast free toast!

Pippa also has a blog, which you can find here. If you hadn’t guessed both the book and the blog are well worth checking out 🙂

6193275_origThe Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Cakes and Cookies by Laurie Sadowski

All the baked goods in Laurie’s book are gluten, dairy, egg and soya free. Oh and they are amazing! There are a number of no-bake treats in this book which are quick and easy, so perfect for an energy deprived cook like me. My favourite so far is her no-bake frosted mint brownies. I had to sub walnuts for almonds thanks to my almond intolerance and I didn’t have any fresh mint so used orange zest instead but these brownies were to die for! I mentioned in my last post my new love for avocado chocolate mousse and Laurie’s frosting uses avocado as it’s base. Healthy and yum!

Each recipe is clearly marked with which allergens it is free of in addition to the gluten, dairy, egg and soya that all of Laurie’s recipes exclude. This is particularly helpful for the fussy eater that I have unintentionally become thanks to my food intolerances.

There are helpful chapters on subbing common allergens and which alternative works best for what. For example did you know that baked goods using soya milk in place of dairy milk will brown much quicker and that rice milk will produce a thinner batter due to its much thinner consistency than nut or cow’s milk. The book is packed with useful tips like these.

Laurie also has a blog which expands way beyond just sweet treats with regular savoury vegan dishes being posted as well as a good dose of breakfast and baked goodies too. I highly recommend both Laurie’s book and her blog, which you can find here.



Flying Apron’s Gluten-Free & Vegan Baking Book by Jennifer Katzinger

This is the newest member of my (exceedingly large and ever growing) cookbook family. I was so excited when the parcel arrived last week containing this book. There was the Triathlon Training Bible for Mr B in the parcel alongside this gorgeous gem of gluten free and vegan baking for me. Could our interests get any more different?! Luckily opposites attract and all that!

So yes this is the newbie in my recipe book collection. I haven’t actually made anything from this book yet but that doesn’t mean that it’s been neglected. Oh no. Remember that obsessive streak? Well this book is already well thumbed; I’ve lost count how many times I’ve picked it up and leafed through it. I have tabbed it with lots of yellow post-its labelled with which (20 or so) recipes I want to make first (cool I know – it’s the legal training)!!

Vegan baking is my new favourite thing. Naturally egg and dairy free, this book is also gluten and refined sugar free too. It is AMAZING!

The recipes on my must bake as soon as I have the energy list are: blueberry scones, chocolate muffins, apple pie, honey shortbread, thumb print cookies and spice cake.

For all you lucky folks living in the Seattle area, you are blessed as the Flying Apron author Jennifer runs a bakery and cafe there. I am very upset that I live so far away! But at least I have her book to console me. Read more about the cafe and the recipe book here.

Although my book shelves are struggling beneath the weight of all my cook books, and Mr B would definitely say I don’t need any more, but what are your favourite recipe books or food blogs for that matter? I’m always open to new discoveries 🙂


8 Responses to “Recipe Book Love”

  1. dawnhosking September 26, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    Thanks for sharing x

  2. Lou September 26, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    Oh dear, I wish I’d read this before I ordered you another new recipe book. In retrospect I don’t think I should be fueling your addiction!

  3. thehomeschoolingdoctor September 27, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Definitely The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam. I like that it just uses almond flour. Some recipes are egg-free (the chocolate chip cookie recipe), but only about half. When I get off of the GAPS thing, I look forward to branching out a bit (like quinoa, potatoes, etc)!

    • myjourneythrume September 29, 2013 at 11:04 am #

      I have her new one, Paleo cooking. But it uses almond flour and coconut flour a lot so haven’t tried anything from it yet. Like you, I look forward to the day when I can add currently forbidden foods back in!

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