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Subject: Wheat and/or gluten free cookbook recommendations
Date Posted: 6/1/2009 8:05 PM ET
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I've just been diagnosed with a wheat allergy. It's a relief, actually -- now I know what's been going on. Anyway, I'm looking for recommendations for a cookbook -- does anyone have a wheat/gluten free one that they use and like?

Double karma points if you have a baking book you can recommend -- preferably one you've used. I love to bake! I've found a few flour substitutions, but I've yet to try anything too hard.

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 1:28 AM ET
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My husband has this problem and I bake gluten-free bread for him in my bread machine from a recipe I got on bobsredmill.com. Currently I am using Domata Living Flour which can be substituted cup for cup for regular wheat flour and you can use your own recipes with this flour.  Their website if domatalivingflour.com and has lots of recipes to try and Tom Sawyer Flour is another one to check out. I just ordered a gluten-free cookbook by Betty Hagman from PBS. She is one of the gluten-free forerunners. There are some excellent sites online to get information and newletters you can sign up for. Check out about.com and allrecipes.com. There are more and more gluten-free products coming into the stores all the time.

I too love to bake and have been able to make some pretty decent goods using the recipes off the above sites. Sometimes my friends and co-workers don't even realize the difference. Good luck with your search and if I can be of any help let me know.

Date Posted: 6/2/2009 11:37 PM ET
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Thanks for the tips! I've got some of the Bob's Red Mill flours -- I never thought to check the website. I'll also check out the flour sites. I will post if I find any good cookbooks -- I would love to hear how you like yours.
Date Posted: 6/13/2009 6:25 PM ET
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I don't have a regular cookbook but, I do have a cookbool on-line at = www.recipezaar.com/cookbook.php

Give it a look!

Date Posted: 6/14/2009 3:14 AM ET
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I bake with barley flour and it's almost a 1-1 with a little extra flour maybe for every 1 substitute 1 1/4 cups

Date Posted: 6/17/2009 5:00 AM ET
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I can't even use spelt or barley flour.  That whole grain family is in my allergy.  Both corn and rice flour have a very different texture.  Have some cookies and muffin recipes, not bread.

Date Posted: 6/18/2009 10:37 PM ET
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Ann

Just curious if they tested you for celiac disease?  If they didn't, you may want to have it done, because if it is in fact, celiac disease, being wheat free won't be enough.    Any gluten free cookbook would have recipes suitable for a wheat allergy.  To be honest, I don't bake much. I don't have celiac, my daughter does. I don't know where u live, but in Millville, NJ , there is an excellent gluten free bakery called Mr. Ritts (was in Philadelphia but they needed a larger facility and moved). 

http://www.mrritts.com/

But I have heard very good things about

 

Wheat-free, gluten-free dessert cookbook

 By Connie Sarros

and check out this sites... 

http://www.livingwithout.com/

and

http://www.glutenfreeda.com/index.asp

 



Last Edited on: 6/18/09 10:39 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 7/21/2009 9:41 PM ET
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This is definitely my favorite topic. So I have some suggestions for cookbooks.

1. I absolutely love "The Best-Ever Wheat and Gluten Free Baking Book" . It has muffins, cookies, breads, pancakes. Pretty much everything is in it. Some of the recipes are tough but a lot of them are pretty simple to make. I also love that it has the nutritional analysis at the end of each recipe.

2. Not a big fan of "Gluten Free Quick & Easy" by Carol Fenster. It has a lot of easy recipe but the repeated use of specific brands of pre-made ingredients got to me, especially when I couldn't find any of them.

3. Not just a book but any of the "Gluten-Free Gourmet" books by Bette Hagman are amazing. Everything I have made from them has turned out great and many of the recipes offer substitutions for harder to find ingredients. It also offers ideas for things that can be made ahead and frozen.

These are all gluten free cookbooks since I have Celiac Disease but they work well for wheat allergies as well and you can experiment with barley and more oats, which would be helpful. If you have any questions, let me know. I know how tough it is to find this out. Also, I rely on Celiac.com for information and help on figuring out which products to use and what to do on vacation and when eating out.