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This cookbook is totally useless for people living in the UK. All the recepies require special gluten free cakemixs from Betty Crocker or ingrediants that you just can't get in this country or if you can find it, it is really really expensive. Total waste of money to buy this book that you can't cook anything from. The recepies look lovely and I wish I could cook them! It is better to save your money and get someone elses book. Really recommend Phil Vickery's gluten free cookbook. All the recepies work, are really delicious and you can get all the ingrediants here. This book looked good, but what a disappointment.
I bought this book thinking it was going to have recipes that I would make from scratch. I was very disappointed to find out that a lot of the recipes call for Gluten Free Bisquick, or Gluten Free White or Yellow cake mix. I bought this book for my wife who is an accomplished chef, and has been cooking for many years. Anyone person that can follow basic recipes should be able to know that you would substitute regular Bisquick for the gluten free version. Who needs many recipes to explain that to them. Several of the recipes in this book, or something very close can be obtained fro the Betty Crocker website for free, or might be found on the side of the Bisquick boxes.
It does have a handful of useful from scratch recipes for making certain kinds of breads and such using alternative flour mixes.
I would only recommend this book to someone who is not familiar with cooking, wants an easy way to cook gluten free. There are books out there suited for people who already know how to cook, but want or need to start cooking gluten free. One great example is "The Gluten Free Bible", also sold on Amazon
This may well be the right cookbook for someone suddenly forced to cook gluten-free after relying on mixes and convenience foods, or someone who is simply pressed for time. It's full of recipes are marked "quick" and/or "easy", many using Bisquick, Betty Crocker cake or cookie mixes, and other packaged convenience foods (e.g., frozen vegetables, frozen hash brown potatoes). You can probably tell if it's for you by looking at recipes for the six items featured in pictures on the front cover - two made with Betty Crocker mixes (a cake with 490 calories and 25 grams of fat per serving, and a cupcake with 330 calories and 13 grams fat) and three made with Bisquick (pizza - 230 calories, 14 grams fat per slice; oven-baked chicken (420 calories, 21 grams fat per serving); and pancakes (430 calories, 2.5 grams fat per serving - one of the cookbooks relatively few entries marked "low-fat"). The remaining item pictured is white sandwich bread (120 calories, 4.5 grams fat per slice - also marked "low-fat"), made from scratch using tapioca, white rice, sorghum, garbanzo & fava bean flours plus potato starch and both xanthan and guar gums. That's a somewhat higher proportion of recipes made from mixes than you'll find in the cookbook as a whole - but the variety of flours used in recipes made from scratch is not atypical. On the plus side, the cookbook offers recipes for a few items not always found in gluten-free cookbooks - not just chicken fingers (dredged in Bisquick), but also soft pretzels and two kinds of crackers (sesame, poppyseed).
Since I'm at a stage of my life when I have plenty of time to cook and really enjoy it, I have never gotten into using cake and other mixes, and both my husband and I are on low-fat diets, I knew just leafing through the book it wasn't for me. Too bad. I do use
Betty Crocker's Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Cooking Today
Betty Crocker's Diabetes Cookbook: Everyday Meals, Easy as 1-2-3
and even the old
Betty Crocker's International Cookbook
now and then, so I was really looking forward to this gluten-free cookbook. (Granted, I usually turn to Elizabeth Barbone's
Easy Gluten-Free Baking
How to Cook Gluten-Free: Over 150 Recipes That Really Work
for baked goods or other items using flours - she achieves great results using fewer flours and no guar gum.) Aside from the fat content, the Betty Crocker cookbooks I use avoid another really annoying habit of this new gluten-free cookbook - promoting General Mills brands shamelessly at every opportunity. Recipes specify brand names (without the "or other gluten-free product" common in other bookbooks) not only for Bisquick and Betty Crocker cake and cookie mixes, but also for Rice Chex cereal, Yoplait yogurt, Betty Crocker frostings and Potato Bud instant potatoes, El Paso salsa, Progresso chicken broth and canned beans, Green Giant frozen vegetables, Muir Glen canned tomatoes, and Cascadia Farms apple juice. I found it very annoying, and hope anyone new to gluten-free cooking quickly learns that while some things (like chicken broth) should be checked over carefully because they may contain gluten, there is little reason to specify specific brands for others (like frozen vegetables - not that one shouldn't always, for everything, read the label before purchase, just in case).