Free For All Cooking is the third cookbook by renowned gluten-free cooking teacher, Jules E. Dowler Shepard, who is also the brainchild behind Jules Gluten Free, a line of gluten-free flours and mixes.
As you may already know, I’m a big fan of the “Free-From” genre, and am a champion of those furthering its cause. As a member of a household representing food allergies and intolerances to gluten, wheat, tree nuts, dairy, shellfish, fish, kiwi, and formerly soy and eggs, I know how hard it can be to find recipes that are safe for all. So hats off to Jules for answering that call!
Free For All Cooking is a homey collection of recipes that Jules has developed over the years, teaching gluten-free cooking classes, and writing a weekly newsletter. She aptly notes that food allergies and food intolerances are on the rise and also, that very often, along with gluten intolerance comes other intolerances as well. In addition to the more than 12 million Americans living with food allergies, 15% of the US population is believed to suffer some form of gluten sensitivity. And let us not forgot the Celiac population, that represents another 1 % of the population. 1 % may sound small, but it’s still 1 out of 100. Clearly, many many people are avoiding certain foods. So what to do if you live with multiple food restrictions? Eat well, with Free For All Cooking.
This cookbook is 150 recipes for baked goods, sides, and mains. The recipes are simple, every day foods… the kind we all crave. The baked goods recipes dominate, with extensive breakfast, bread, and dessert recipes. As far as I’m concerned, this cookbook is worth it for the bread recipes alone. They look that good! Luckily, and kindly, Jules provides a good all-purpose gluten-free flour mix recipe. I say “kindly” because she could easily have told us to just go buy her flour mix! The Ingredients and Substitutions section is comprehensive and written in friendly, approachable language, that even a brand new allergy-free cook can access. Of particular note, is the section titled “Baking Notes”, chock-full of handy practical advice that comes from many years of expertise in the kitchen. Did you know there are GF settings on some bread machines? I didn’t, until Jules told me. I’m going to get one now! And it was very refreshing to hear Jules’ common sense reminder… In the words of Tony the Tiger, and Jules Dowler Shepard, when it comes to baking, “Follow your nose, it always knows!”.
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