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When you make the switch to a gluten-free way of living, one of the first things that is commonly missed is bread. Yes, there are oodles of gluten-free breads out there and we do use those for our “every day” consumption – but the texture is off and you know you are eating gluten-free. Frequently the phrase in our house is, “It’s okay…for being gluten-free”. The problem is, I do not want to live like that anymore! I want to eat something and just say, “It is good!” End of sentence – that was punctuation people, move along. The dreaded “for being gluten-free” phrase is no longer welcome in this house! I received a copy of Ellen Brown’s Gluten-Free Bread: More than 100 Artisan Loaves for a Healthier Life, in exchange for my honest opinion.
What did I think?
Just the cover of this cookbook got me excited! I want to send some major kudos to the photography people for Ms. Brown’s cookbook – because I have not seen gluten-free bread look so delectable! You gaze on this loaf of bread and start imagining the delicious sandwiches you could make with it and realize that because it actually is gluten-free – you can! The best part? The beautiful and enticing photos do not stop there! Throughout this cookbook there are mouth-watering photos to pull you in of different and flavorful breads, buns, scones, and, my favorite: biscuits. One things I had missed immensely since going gluten-free was the common buttermilk biscuit. It used to be our Sunday family tradition to have homemade biscuits and gravy for brunch. Once we went gluten-free, that recipe had to significantly change since at the time – every part of that brunch had gluten in it! I was able to easily switch to a gluten-free sausage and quickly mastered a new gluten-free gravy, but biscuits eluded me and I couldn’t even cheat with a frozen biscuit from the store since I couldn’t find any! Ellen Brown has saved our Sunday Brunch! By providing a flaky and melt in your mouth biscuit that is absolutely to die for! She provides the perfect mix of different gluten-free flours to create a biscuit worthy of gravy.
I love that she provides tips throughout the cookbook and explains how and why different ingredients might interact. Gluten-free flour can be pricey, so I have become a bit hesitant to go back to my experimental baking ways – armed with the knowledge from Ellen Brown’s Gluten-free Bread cookbook – I think I can get back to my roots!
With amazing gluten-free bread recipes like bagels, English muffins and more – Ellen Brown’s Gluten-Free Bread cookbook is a must have for your cookbook collection (please note there was no “gluten-free” caveat – this is great for gluten-eaters and gluten-free alike!) You can pick up this great gluten-free cookbook on Amazon for around $16! With 100 recipes and color photos – you cannot go wrong!