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The prevalence of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity among millions of adults and children has created the need for gluten-free recipes that are as nutritious and tasty as their traditional counterparts. Popular food blogger Elana Amsterdam offers ninety-nine family-friendly classics–from Pancakes to Eggplant Parmesan to Chocolate Cake–that feature her gluten-free ingre ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Celestial Arts
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Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbook
I picked this up because I wanted to see how I could use more almond flour in my baking, but this uses all almond flour, which in my experience produces a strong taste I want to classify as "cyanide" but probably isn't. It's bitter whatever it is, and I'd like to avoid it. But maybe it's different when there's other flavors going on, so maybe I'll try making the orange apricot scones or the cheddar cheese crackers and see what's up, though Amsterdam cautions against using almond flour from Bob's ...more
Lisa Baker
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Elana Amsterdam produces some of the best (and most simple) grain free baking recipes I have seen. Her baking recipes are my go to sources when I want an SCD legal baked treat. I highly recommend this cookbook!
Angela Boord
Jul 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbook, allergies
When I first stopped eating grains and sugar, I was in mourning for some time over the fact that I wouldn't be able to have dessert!! I had decided that I really didn't like coconut flour much and that it was too expensive to use on a regular basis because of the enormous amounts of eggs required to make it into bread. But the almond flour recipes in this cookbook are really yummy, and I can eat birthday cake with everybody else! Our favorite recipe is her recipe for chocolate cake, which tastes ...more
Feb 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking
I've had this book for a couple years now. I haven't made a lot from it because the things I did make did not turn out, and I was using her recommended source of almond flour. I tried making my own recipe of pumpkin pie with her recipe for pie crust, and the crust was completely soggy. I think I did it twice even, and it failed both times. I don't know how well the crust works with the filling recipes in the book, but the book says it should work for anything and it does not. Almond flour is so ...more
Jan 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
I like to experiment with gluten-free baking--the complicated kind that involves multiple flours, xanthan gum, and hit-or-miss results; I'm a baker, and I enjoy a challenge. But this is my go-to source of everyday recipes. Almond flour may be pricey, but it's an amazing ingredient: delicious, highly nutritious--far more so than most other flours--and it bakes up like a dream. Many of Elana's recipes use only a half-dozen or so ingredients. Compare that with a recipe from most gluten-free website ...more
Sarah Kelsey
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, food
This is another of my top 5 gluten-free cookbooks. Elana Amsterdam has a fantastic blog, Elana's Pantry, that offers a number of wonderful recipes, but this cookbook is a frequently used text in my kitchen. She has recipes for bread, cake, cookies, and other foods that people might miss after going gluten-free. She also avoids refined sugar, so alternative sweeteners (like agave) are the norm in her recipes. It was this cookbook author that introduced me to yacon syrup, grape seed oil, and the w ...more
Lee Overton
Jan 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
Very ingenious cookbook where she's built all the recipes around Almond Flour. What's good about this is you can make a bunch of recipes with the same ingredients which is rare for cooking Gluten-Free (GF). I liked how conscious she is about ingredients and the use of natural foods. Her recipes are nutritious and easy. So far I've really enjoyed almost all of the recipes I've made. My only comment is that sometimes a few of them begin to all taste the same because of the use of the same ingredie ...more
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
Oh I am SO very glad I found this (and her other books, blog) since being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. This opens up a whole world of eating for me that will seem the same as it was before. Looking forward to making Christmas sugar cookie cutouts using her recipe on page 107 and also making traditional Gingerbread men cutouts using her recipe on page 108. My husband also wants me to try making her Chicken Pot Pie and I have promised to do so. This 1 cookbook could support your healthy e ...more
Aug 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
This book was not worth the money. The recipes did not turn out because steps were missing. I make a lot of food from scratch and I was not able to create the food properly. The desserts either didn't last long before they became soggy- and I mean they lasted maybe 3 days tops before you had to throw them out. The main dishes didn't turn out and became really frustrating when the ingredients you are using are expensive! And what did turn out tasted alright. It wasn't anything to brag about or br ...more
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Being gluten free, I'm so freakin' glad I finally discovered baking with almond flour and coconut flour. These recipes are super-awesome. I love every pie recipe I've tried and the snickerdoodles are my absolute favorite cookie ever. Some recipes are vegan too which is helpful for me, but most of her recipes are easily modifiable for the egg and/or dairy-sensitive. I've also started following her blog and I rarely make something of hers that I don't just love.
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
This is one of my favorite cookbooks of all time. After getting tons of recipes from (especially for cupcakes and frosting), I bought the book and was not disappointed. Though the recipes are not SCD, I found that by substituting honey for agave nectar, I could modify most of them to fit. My family can't get enough of the coffee cake and cookies. Then's there's chocolate cream pie, grain-free pecan raisin bread, and chicken pot pie. So delicious!
Nov 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very easy cookbook if you're looking to go Gf or just lower carb/allergen...she does use some dairy but I adapt as needed. The ingredients are simple and not "out there" like a lot of gf books. Almond meal makes really delicious muffins, etc...we really love the apple cinnamon muffins, they are so good they taste like cake!
Feb 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-read-again, food
I throughly enjoyed reading Elana's descriptions of each creation that she had cooked up. Not only did I want to try them all, but I am also able to! It's rare for me to find a recipe that I don't have to modify to fit my diet-I cannot have gluten, corn or soy. I'm having so much fun trying out her recipes!
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
A friend and fellow baker/cook got this and the BabyCakes cookbook for me as a gift. I like this one a lot so far, but have only tried 3 recipes. It's true what she says about using almond flour as opposed to almond meal--read her ingredients list in the front and the resources list in the back before you start and stock up on exactly the right ingredients, it really makes a difference.
Dec 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbook
Many recipes called for an ingredient I've never used before and couldn't find locally (arrowroot) and/or an ingredient I am not willing to use (agave nectar). I attempted to adapt one of the recipes to meet my requirements, and it wasn't hugely successful, but it could have been due to poor choices for substitute ingredients. The recipes might be great as written, but I'll never know.
Iamaby En
Aug 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, food, cooking
Good recipes...I can't wait to try the black bean burgers! I wish that more of the information she had in her introduction were foot-noted because I hate it when authors write "recent research indicates that..." without backing the statement with a source. Also wishing that there had been more pictures of the final products.
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
i think that i will be buying this for myself. most of the recipes are so easy and not a whole list of ingredients that are hard to find. almond flour and grapeseed oil are in most of the recipes as well as occasionally agave. it all sounds delicious and easy i look forward to trying these gluten free ideas
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome cook book, I've made a few of the recipes Elana has on her website and they are great. After I made those recipes I bought the book. These recipes offer Gluten Intolerant people like myself a tastier and healthier alternative to typical gluten free flours that you find in most GF recipes. I can't wait to make everything in this book!
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, recipes
I was excited to get this, but then less excited as I read. I think if I were GF and wanted to live happily, I would embrace her recipes and wisdom. Since I was just hoping for some new recipes I could use my almond meal in, I was disappointed. Her recipes are very specific and require ingredients I simply don't keep on hand because of expense. Oh well.
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is an amazing source to learning how to cook with almond flour! As a follower of Elana's blog, which is also a wonderful resource, I would highly recommend this book to those looking to improve their health by eliminating grains. Almond flour is a nutrient dense, lower carb alternative to traditional flour.
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: food
I've made a few of the recipes and so far they're good enough that it's a keeper. It's especially helpful to have a book that focuses on Almond Flour, since it's a high-protein, delicious alternative to wheat.
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Amazing and delicious recipes for gluten-free and even Paleo folk, the pancake and cookie recipe's being standouts.

Elana's blog (, is also chock full of GF & Paleo recipe's that satisfy even the most stubborn cravings, especially her recipe for Paleo bread!
Sommer Marsden
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
three words: nom-nom-nom!
easy, fun, delicious GF recipes that are often healthier versions of beloved foods and some are even GF and vegan too. A great book for those who just made the switch to GF living.
Katy Emanuel
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great cookbook. We have tried a number of recipes from this book and not a one has disappointed us. This cookbook is a big hit in our house. Our 2.5 year old loves many of the recipes from this book and will often ask for the fish sticks.
Coach Noreen
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: foodie
Great recipes. My issue is that I am visual. I struggle with this resource because there is a lack of pictures.
However, Elana is a great blogger and there are plenty of pictures online she has posted.
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Gluten free recipes always seem to be hit or miss, with usually more misses than hits. However, this cookbook seems to have many great gluten free recipes. I can't wait to try them all out. If you're going to have just one gluten free cookbook, this is it.
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, more than the previous cookbook, the one that I said I was going to purchase. I think I'll change my mind as I really enjoy this one. Maybe I'll just photocopy the recipes instead of buying...
Apr 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, cookery
All the recipes sounded super tasty. The recipes didn't look too hard, and the pictures looked yummy. I think that I am going to purchase this book because it will be a good addition to my collection.
May 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Wow, this book is a lifesaver. Shifting to a "free" diet (i.e., gluten-, yeast-, wheat-, dairy-, chicken egg-, and sugar-free) might've kicked my butt if not for this and the blog searching it prompted.
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm not one to post a "cookbook", as reading material. However, this is a fabulous book, not only for my celiac son, but for the family as a healthy alternative. "Almond flour", is now my best friend, along with coconut Oil and Agave nectar. What's not to love for a healthy heart......
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