Monday, September 01, 2014

The Secrets of Gluten-free Baking

Today I am reviewing a new cookbook called The Secrets of Gluten-free Baking by Jillayne Clements. This is much more than a cookbook, though. The recipes don't even start until Section 5, as the author carefully walks us through some very important basics of gluten-free baking.

I was especially thrilled that this is not just another GF cookbook full of gluten substitutes that are the equivalent of eating refined sugar. I appreciated that she takes the time to explain how to sprout and sour grains in order to get the most nutrition out of them. I read this book in total awe. I am excited to begin using the skills in my own gluten-free baking, because I fear that we have not made our eating any healthier in our house by going gluten-free. We are healthier simply because the three of us who can no longer eat gluten feel better, but I know we could feel even better and be even healthier by following the principles outlined in this book.

Following are the 7 sections included in The Secrets of Gluten-free Baking:

1. Introduction
Here the author explains why she was forced to go gluten-free (Hashimoto's, just like me!) and how this cookbook is about whole food gluten-free baking.

2. Secrets of Making Gluten-free Products That Taste Like Wheat

3. My Gluten-free Pantry

4.  The How-tos, Step by Step
Here the author explains about sprouting and souring grains, and making different types of flours and nut milks.

5. Recipes

6. Bonus Recipes and Bloopers
I really appreciated that she was willing to show what happened to her recipes when she didn't do things just right. Pictures and everything!

Like I said before, I am excited to begin putting the principles in this book in practice in my own kitchen. I'm not a natural in the kitchen, so I'm sure I'll have plenty of bloopers of my own, but I think it's worth it for a much healthier gluten-free lifestyle.

You can purchase the book HERE.

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Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.

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