The introduction to this books starts with the sentence, “Cookies are one of life’s greatest pleasures” and Luane Kohnke sets out to make this true with her book on gluten-free cookies. Her book has a selection of 50 cookie recipes covering a variety of cookies.
The book opens with a detailed introduction to the world of gluten-free baking. She explains well and very concisely what grains/ flours are gluten-free and how to ensure that ingredients for baking are truly gluten-free. She also details the ingredients and equipment used in gluten-free baking, the various possible flour blends that can be used, as well as stores and online vendors from whom these can be sourced.
Recipes are short and concise but easy to follow, and each one is accompanied by a photograph making it visually pleasing as well. The cookies in the book include –
Classic Cookies including Chocolate Pecan Cookies, Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies, Ginger Molasses Cookies and Oatmeal Almond Cookies With Dates;
Favourites With Children like Jam Thumbprints, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and Sweet Cinnamon Snickerdoodles;
Fruit Cookies including Banana Bites, Lemon Drops, Date WALNUT Logs and Coconut Surprises;
Bars And Squares such as Macadamia Nut Blondies, Fruit and Nut Granola Bars and Rocky Road S’Mores; And a whole lot of Meringues with names like Lavender Clouds and Fudge-Filled Drops! She also includes a chapter on special cookies for celebrations and special days.
Luane Kohnke, a gourmet cookie baker for more than 20 years, studied baking techniques and restaurant management at the Institute for Culinary Education in New York City. She also writes a blog featuring a lot of cookies, both regular and gluten-free. She developed an interest in gluten-free baking when a friend’s son was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.
The Giveaway : Going by the Vanilla Cookies I just made, I don’t think you need to have to be on a gluten-free diet to bake or enjoy the cookies in this book. Don’t think of these gluten-free cookies as “substitutes” for the real thing, but as a new experience in themselves. If you bake cookies, then you should be looking at these and here’s just the opportunity to make that happen.
Mediterranean food is considered one of the healthiest diets in the world and there are probably very few who do not enjoy this style of cooking. The essence of this cuisine is in the use of fresh, unprocessed and locally produced ingredients.
One of the latest publications in their 500 Series of Cookbooks, this particular edition stays true to the hall mark of well-presented and colour coded recipes with variations on each recipe, accompanied by beautiful photographs. The book covers antipastos, tapas, mezethes; soups, salads, breads; whole grain and light pasta, cous-cous and rice; recipes incorporating eggs, cheese and other proteins; fruits and desserts too.
So I’m giving away two books this time, one each to two lucky commenters here.
If you would like to have a chance at winning this book, please leave a comment at this post and I will enter your name in a random drawing. You do not need to do anything else, but please you ensure you leave a link to your blog or an e-mail id or someway I can contact you in the event you win.
This giveaway is open till the midnight of the 30th of April, 2011. The giveaway is open to everyone, and non-bloggers are most welcome too. I will ship worldwide. Good luck!
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