I have been glued to this cookbook since the minute I purchased it. I can't praise it highly enough. I bought it because I am gluten, dairy and corn intolerant, and now, grain free, but there is something here for everyone.
I learned about the author's blog, www.elanaspantry.com
, when I was diagnosed as gluten intolerant late last year. Elana generously shares tons of recipes on that site, for free. (Unlike many gluten free recipes found elsewhere, Elana's have never let me down, even though learning to bake gluten free is like learning how to bake from scratch.)
I'd heard this new book was coming out in June, but as the pickiest eater in the universe, I'd been using her blog mainly for desserts and smoothies. I didn't think a book with mostly "real food" recipes would be very useful for me. I just wanted to buy her book, because it seemed wrong to enjoy all the wonderful recipes on her blog without her receiving any compensation for her efforts. Well, I guess there is such a thing as karma, because it turned out to be the best cookbook I've ever found (and since November, I've tried lots
Her recipes are written like the best book reviews here on Goodreads. They make you want to immediately try them. I have yet to be disappointed. Not only do they come together quickly, but they are healthy, and taste delicious. Being corn free means I have to make everything from scratch, because corn (usually the genetically modified variety) is in everything
. No exaggeration. (Citric acid is almost always corn - a big surprise to me, but corn is in lots of ingredients, and most people are unaware. A good list of where to find hidden corn is here: http://www.cornallergens.com/list/cor...
I make my own bread (Elana's Bread 2.0, comes together in 30 minutes, free at her blog), my own almond milk (recipe inside this cookbook), ketchup, I could go on and on. Her recipes make that manageable (and did I say delicious?).
Recipes I've already tried (and loved):
Stuffed mushrooms (even my picky daughter loved these - cold, from the fridge!), Paleo chocolate chip cookies (way better than the glutened toll house recipe - even my gluten-y husband agrees), flourless nut-free brownies, garlic crackers (amazing), Paleo tortillas, Paleo pancakes.
Recipes I'm dying to try:
Bagels (!!!), crepes, breakfast sausage, cauliflower rice and rice pilaf (both grain free versions based on cauliflower), sesame noodles, sesame fish sticks, Paleo mayonnaise, coconut whipped cream, tahini dressing, coconut cream tart, upside-down apple tartlets, peanut butter ice cream (dairy and peanut free!), cinnamon raisin cookies (a substitute for oatmeal raisin), ginger ale, and spicy chai.
I'm actually dying to try virtually every recipe in this book.
You don't have to have food allergies or intolerances or be following the Paleo food plan to enjoy this cookbook. There are lots of nut free, vegetarian and vegan recipes here, too. After reading this book last night, I would recommend it to anyone. Why? Fast, delicious, and healthy. What's not to like?Edited to add:
I've now tried and loved her Paleo mayonnaise, which comes together in literally 3 minutes in the food processor (if mayo doesn't emulsify, you have a big mess and a waste, but I had success with her recipe, saving me tons of money on corn free (but not grain free) Vegenaise), and I'm now hooked on cauliflower rice. It is absolutely wonderful, and goes with everything. It's now my noodle and rice substitute. Healthy and delicious and so, so easy to make.