Friday, May 3, 2013

April Cookbook Review: The Dairy Free & Gluten Free Kitchen


The Dairy-free & Gluten-free Kitchen: 150 Satisfying, No-Sacrifice Recipes

by Denise Jardine

Ten Speed Press | January 3, 2012 | Trade Paperback

Pizza, Pancakes, French Toast, Lasagna, Ice Cream, Brownies-you thought they were off-limits forever but now they're back on the menu! The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen offers more than 150 flavor-packed recipes created especially for those who must avoid dairy and gluten in their diets-proving that you no longer have to abandon the foods you love, even when you do have to give up the dairy and gluten that doesn't love you.

Denise Jardine's The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen addresses these issues and many more, demystifying the confusing and often conflicting data about what defines healthful eating. Along with a deliciously varied selection of dishes, Denise shares her "master" recipes, including her all-purpose Gluten-Free Flour Mix, Dairy Milk Alternative, Fiber-Rich Sandwich Bread, Creamy Macadamia Pine Nut Cheese, and Soy Velvet Whipped Cream-key staples that make Classic French Toast, Mushroom Kale Lasagna, Rustic Heirloom Pesto Pizza, and Pumpkin Cheesecake possible. 

In addition to being entirely dairy- and gluten-free, each recipe has been calibrated to reduce or eliminate the need for refined oil and sweeteners. And for those who must avoid eggs, nuts, and soy products, recipes that are free of these components are clearly labeled. So whether you've been diagnosed with a particular food intolerance or sensitivity, or you're just trying to consume a less refined, more healthful diet, The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen has something for just about everyone!
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Review

What I made from this cookbook in April:




Three Mushroom Bisque  










Beef Stroganoff 











Portobello Risotto 











Rosemary Drop Biscuits 









Lemon Poppyseed Muffins








Peppered Pork Tenderloin in a Mushroom Cream Sauce 
 
Black Bean and Corn Salad



Review

I took my son off dairy again this month, so this cookbook was timely.  It's not always easy creating dishes that typically have dairy to still taste good without it, especially since I'm not a huge fan of soy cheese.  This cookbook has a range of recipes, including breakfasts, soups, sides, appetizers, mains and desserts.  It also has a nice selection of dips and sauces, many of which that typically include cheese or cream. 

The recipes were simple to follow, and many, though not all, had photos included.  I would say that this book is appropriate for beginners, but there are recipes in there that are more sophisticated in presentation and look a bit fancier than your average weeknight meal.  There are several sauce and dip recipes, which can be great to have since it's often hard to find gluten and dairy free bottled sauces and dips. 

I had success with every recipe.  If I'm being honest though, they all seemed to lack something.  The seasoning seemed a bit bland in the stroganoff and the soup, and the poppyseed muffins tasted strongly of the baking powder.  The drop biscuits were a big hit.  My son devoured them, even though I had been a bit worried that the rosemary flavour wouldn't be to his liking. 

Verdict

The recipes all came through and were simple to follow, and the cookbook has a nice variety of dishes.  Everyone should be able to find something they like here.  I do think that the flavour of some recipes is a bit bland and could benefit from the addition of some additional herbs and spices, but that's simple enough to add on your own. 

I review a new gluten free cookbook each month.  To see previous reviews, click on Cookbooks


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