Our book “A Celebration of Gluten Free Baking” was published in December, 2009 and is available for purchase on Amazon here. After switching to a strictly gluten free diet in 2007, our family in Germany had great difficulty accepting this idea. Having just lost our father/grandfather who suffered from life long health challenges, many of which were clearly dietary in origin, we wanted to find a way to make it easier for the rest of the family to embrace eating their favorite foods, but in a healthier way. 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 holds more the position of “eat to live”, not “live to eat.” Yet, we recognize that not everybody feels this 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. This turned out to be a true labor of love. It took us well over a year to test and perfect all the recipes. 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. 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.
Despite our best efforts, we sadly had to convert all of our pictures to black and white images, in order to meet the publisher’s requirements at the time.
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.