Susan Gauen has done a tremendous service to those of us who have allergies and to all our family and friends. In her recipe book, Celebrating Food: 121 Gluten Free Recipes for a Healthier You, she provides recipes for all the ‘normal’ food you’ve always loved but with no allergens. Most of her recipes are adaptable to be egg-, dairy-, nut-, soy- and wheat-free.
I made her Fudge Brownies for a large event we were attending where we asked to bring snacks. They were so decadent, rich and flavourful with superb texture that not a single person could guess it was egg, nut and gluten free.
Susan filled her book with beautiful pictures, detailed instructions and tips for the allergy cook. One of the things I love about her book are the baking mixes. Instead of buying expensive pancake and bread mixes at the store, you can prepare her mixes and have them on hand for a fraction of the cost. The drawback to them is that they are in large quantities, so you’ll need to have a large container to store them in, and plan on a bigger expense when you first make them.
The recipes include pie crusts, cheese-free cheese sauce, biscotti, pasta dishes, salad dressings, cakes, cookies, beverages, desserts, breads, sandwiches, and more. Her main course meals are wonderful. You can serve them to guests without any apologies!
Most ingredients are readily available in supermarkets or health food stores. In Canada it is very difficult to find gluten-free oatmeal as the government does not consider any oatmeal gluten-free. Although she uses it in many of her recipes, she does include a recipe to make a substitute for it. At the back of the book is a very helpful resource that lists where to buy hard-to-find ingredients if you are unable to find them in your area.
I highly recommend this book to anyone with an allergy, or to family members and friends of those who have someone in their lives with allergies. I also believe that every cook should have one of these in the house. I’ve occasionally been asked to bring a meal to a family with food allergies and the task can leave me baffled. If you like to bless others by bringing meals to them, you need this book on your shelf.
To order this superb resource go to: Celebrating Food.
MMCW’s Note: Thank you to Susan Gauen for providing a copy of her book for our review.