Our book “A Celebration of Gluten Free Baking” was published in December, 2009. It reflects our desire to help all those diagnosed with celiac disease, or gluten intolerance, who thought that they had to forego anything involving bread, or baked goods forever. After our own diagnosis in 2007, our family in Europe was clearly bothered by this “inconvenience” far more than we were. Yet, they exhibited all the symptoms of celiac disease. This was our motivating force for doing something we never thought, in a million years, we would ever do; write a cookbook. Personally, food for us held more the position of “eat to live”, not “live to eat.” Yet, we recognize that not everybody feels that way, especially considering the highly addictive qualities of white sugar and gluten based breads and desserts.
When we began to study the true health implications gluten presents to anyone with celiac disease, or even just a severe allergy to gluten, going without was a ’no brainer.’ This scenario led us into converting all of our family’s favorite recipes into gluten free, corn free, white sugar free, and many dairy free options. Over the course of over a year, this turned out to be a true labor of love. It also resulted in the early demise of quite a few of our kitchen appliances.
Despite our many failures along the way – bread that just collapsed and wouldn’t rise, desserts that just didn’t have the familiar taste, or just plain crumbled – our many successes became the foundation for our book. In our book we have provided recipes for many European desserts, pies, cakes, cookies, bread as well as some holiday creations.
None of our recipes contain bean flours, corn starch or flour, regular milk or white sugar.
If you wish to order this book, it is available in both print and e-book version, through Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Lulu and iTunes.
At the end of 2011 we released, what was meant to be a holiday e-book, “In Celebration of the Season: Simple, Creative Ideas for Beautiful Gluten Free Holidays All Through the Year” and which has turned out to be so much more. It is currently available in an exclusive e-book format through iTunes and Lulu. In the process of creating a print version of this book, we felt the need to further refine it and include many more recipes. In doing this, it has slowly changed from a mere collection of holiday recipes to a year round exploration of seasonal celebrations. We are nearing the completion of the print version and will keep you updated when it is available for purchase.
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