COOKING & FOOD

Perfectly Golden: Inspired Recipes from Goldenrod Pastries, the Nebraska Bakery That Specializes in Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Vegan Treats

Countryman Pr. Apr. 2020. 256p. ISBN 9781682684764. $29.95. COOKING
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Garbacz spent years baking professionally in New York before she learned she had a dairy allergy. She spent two years developing dairy-free methods and recipes and sharing them online. In 2015, Garbacz opened Goldenrod Pastries in her hometown of Lincoln, NE, offering dairy-free, gluten-free baked goods. Garbacz’s first cookbook celebrates her novel and flexible approach to “inclusive baking.” The recipes—covering a broad range of baked goods including pastries, cakes, pies, and cookies—are simple and straightforward crowd-pleasers with a dash of retro whimsy. Almost every recipe in the book can be made gluten-free and dairy-free (and often vegan), or made traditionally using dairy products and all-purpose flour; these ingredients can be used interchangeably at a one-to-one substitution ratio. The straightforward ease of adapting the recipes to either accommodate dietary restrictions or utilize traditional ingredients will give home bakers a much needed sense of confidence, especially if they are trying gluten- or dairy-free baked goods for the first time.
VERDICT An essential purchase for regional libraries and a top recommendation for all baking collections.

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