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Small Plates and Sweet Treats: My Family's Journey to Gluten-Free Cooking, from the Creator of Cannelle et Vanille

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Trained pastry chef, blogger, and mother of two Aran Goyoaga turned to gluten-free cooking when she and her children were diagnosed with gluten intolerance. Combining the flavors of her childhood in Bilbao, Spain, with unique artistry and the informal elegance of small-plate dining, Aran has sacrificed nothing.

Dishes range from soups and salads to savory tarts and stews to
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Little, Brown and Company
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Dec 02, 2012 Darren rated it it was amazing
What to do when you are a trained pastry chef and you and your children are diagnosed with gluten intolerance? Give up those foods that you love? No, try making your own gluten-free equivalents and more besides. And that is exactly what this author has done, with a range of small dishes from soups and salads to impressive-looking deserts, maybe enhanced with a taste of Spain for good measure.

Let us be honest. Gluten-free cooking and many other something-free styles of cooking tend to have a bit
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Oct 29, 2012 Christopher Provan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I was very happy to win this book. What I thought I would receive is a gluten free cook book full of recipes that normally would contain gluten but in this version do not. In other words recipes that if you eat real fast taste sort of like their gluten laden cousins. I would have been happy with this. What I received was this amazingly beautiful cookbook filled with mouth watering recipes written by a very accomplished chef. Last night was grapefruit risotto with shrimp (unbelievably good)tomorr ...more
Oct 30, 2012 Carolyn rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbook
Just received today and have already started poking around! Very nice photos of finished dishes, crisp and clean. So far, looks like recipes are pretty much one page...always a joy for novice cooks! Haven't checked accessibility of ingredients, but will include in follow-up. Thank you for such a lovely book!

Update: Still think it's a lovely book, but not sure it would be of use to me on a daily or even monthly basis. I appreciated the "key" in the beginning that explained the ingredients and how
Jul 20, 2014 Hooskadooo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I received this gorgeous book as part of the first reads give away. I was blown away by the great photographs and the fact that there are photos of every recipe. Not sure why some cookbooks offer recipes with little to no pictures. I was also happy to see that there was a good mix of familiar type recipes along with those that are completely unexpected yet appealing.

I look forward to trying many of the recipes in this book and increasing my knowledge of working items that are not the basic whit
Oct 29, 2012 Tima rated it really liked it
Becoming gluten-free can be scary and intimidating. Small Plates begins with a story and beautiful pictures that tell the story of the author and how she came to write the cookbook.

By dividing up the book into seasons Goyoaga uses fresh foods that are in season to create healthy, filling meals that just happen to be gluten-free as well. When it comes to food, I'm told that presentation is half of it, and the pictures create a gorgeous presentation. The book is well laid out with a recipe on one
Oct 25, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
I had the honor of winning this in a First Reads giveaway. This book is a delightful gem! You can tell that the author put such thought into every single aspect of the book- and it shows! The cover art is beautiful, as well as the book itself. Even if you never touch it again (which you will, since the recipes are great!), it looks beautiful on your coffee table or in your kitchen. The recipes are delicious, healthy, and elegant. Overall, I've tried 2 of her recipes so far and they've been great ...more
Nov 04, 2012 Meg rated it it was ok
The pictures are wonderful and many of the recipes sound good.
However, there was a lot of recipes that called for supplies and ingredients that I don't feel will be everyday items for most people. Various types of flour and starches were called for. I'm not sure how realistic it would be for the majority of people to enjoy this book. If you are a huge chef/baker than I'm sure it would be good.

Received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
When I grow up, I want to cook like Aran Goyoaga.

This book will definitely be a help in revamping to a gluten-free life. The pictures are yummy, the recipes beautiful, approachable, and reasonable. Love that it's divided seasonally. Win.
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Shelves: non-fic, 2013
Red kuri squash & spinach tortilla; chocolate, beet & almond butter molten cakes; chesnut crepes with creamy mushrooms; meyer lemon, almond & yogurt custard pots; chocolate, hazelnut & buckwheat cake; chocolate, banana & hazelnut cream toasties.
Jan 03, 2013 bethany rated it it was amazing
This book is by a blogger I love and I picked it out mostly because of the beautiful styling and photos, but the recipes are great too.
Mar 05, 2013 Khinna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cooking
I can't express how much I live cooking from this!
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Love this cookbook.
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