COOKING & FOOD

Gluten-Free Baking At Home: 102 Foolproof Recipes for Delicious Breads, Cakes, Cookies, and More

Ten Speed: Crown. Sept. 2019. 288p. photos. index. ISBN 9780399582790. $30. COOKING
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Gluten-free baking gets a touch of glamour in this visually rich collection of 102 recipes by food stylist and first-time author Larsen. Following a highly personal and useful introduction, the book’s contents are divided into seven food-focused sections, including recipes for cakes, cookies and bars, pies and tarts, crisps and cobblers, yeasted breads, and more. Like many “at home” cookbooks, Gluten-Free Baking is designed to be accessible to amateur bakers—yet, its thesis is all about the merits of precision, specifically of weights, temperatures, and selection of quality ingredients. Multiple alternative flours, measured by weight, are the rule, not the exception, in Larsen’s “foolproof” approach to successful allergen-free baking. A recipe for chocolate chip cookies, for instance, calls for sorghum flour, oat flour, almond meal, and potato starch—to name just a few of the dry ingredients. While this requires a little extra planning on the part of bakers, the overall recipes are straightforward and well explained, not to mention consistent, well tested, and incredibly delicious.
VERDICT A lovingly precise collection of gluten-free baking classics, stunning yet never showy. Highly recommended for bakers of all skill levels.

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