"Free For All Cooking" Review and BOOK GIVEAWAY!


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!”.

If you would like to be entered in the drawing to win a copy of this lovely new cookbook, all you have to do is go “like” me on my Facebook Page here. Then leave me a comment below, letting me know you did so.  I know, I’m SHAMELESS. If you already like me on Facebook, then go post about me on your page, suggesting that somebody else “like” me. Help me spread the word that my FB page is where the real action is, with daily tips, advice, and anecdotes about my life as “The Allergy-Friendly Cook”.  Hope to see you there!  ~ Cybele

Don’t forget to leave me a comment letting me know you FB’d me. This giveaway closes one week from today on Thursday, January 20th!

37 Responses

  1. Stephanie says:

    I like on facebook! 🙂

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  3. Thanks for getting the ball rolling, Stephanie!


  4. I liked you! (And still do 🙂 )

  5. Laura says:

    I’ve “liked” you for quite a while – and still do 🙂 – and posted about you on my facebook today. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. I’ve “liked” you since I made your red velvet cupcakes!

  8. This book sounds amazing! What a great giveaway 🙂
    I liked you on Facebook.

  9. Windy City Vegan:
    I’ll be baking those at the Gluten-Free Allergy-Friendly Cooking Expo in Chicago in April. I’m assuming you’re in Chicago? Hope you come on down to the expo, so I can say “hi”. Thanks!

  10. THanks Ali! You’ve been entered in the drawing!

  11. Penny says:

    I have liked you on facebook for many months! Pick me! Pick me!

  12. Sharon says:

    I liked you on Facebook!!!

  13. kelly says:

    I liked you on fb and am happy to to do it. =0)♥

  14. Renata says:

    Done! So glad I found your site (via nutfreemom).

  15. Thanks so much for going to my FB page, everyone! Much obliged! Renata, Happy Jenny referred you!

  16. Stephanie says:

    Hi, I liked you on Facebook! I also like your new allergen free cookbook, so far I’ve just made the chocolate chip cookies but they were great, thanks so much!

  17. Maria says:

    Hi, I liked you on Facebook!

  18. Donna K says:

    I liked you on facebook.(Donna Kozar)

  19. Mandie says:

    Cybele! I’ve ‘liked’ your pages for months now! I don’t know if it shows how long someone’s ‘liked’ your page, but ever since you accepted my friend request on facebook I quickly ‘liked’ your fan page so I can find recipes that a friendly. Since I’m a Diabetic ALL of your recipes are friendly for me! Hope to see much more success from you in the future!!

  20. Kristi says:

    LOVE your baking cookbook and I’ve “liked” you on facebook! Your recipes are a huge blessing to me with two boys who are allergic to 6 of the top 8 allergens.

  21. Maude says:

    Hi Cybele,

    I did the “like you” on facebook !

    Thanks !,

  22. Susan says:

    Not only did I like you on Facebook today -but I would LIKE you to keep on with the great recipes. Gracias!!!!!

  23. Sherry says:

    Just liked you on FB! My family has been enjoying many of your recipes from “The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook” since finding out that my 2 year old has multiple allergies. Thanks so much for what you do!!

  24. Tiffany says:

    I liked you on FB, and I have to say we would have never survived without you. Thanks.

  25. marla says:

    I like on fb. (and here and my favs and anywhere else I can!!)

  26. Carolyn Hernandez says:

    I’ve liked you for a while now!

  27. Jill says:

    I just liked you on facebook! (I will add that my 17 year old daughter, who is allergic to LOTS of things, loves your cookbook–she got it for Christmas!)

  28. Rachelle says:

    I “liked” you on FB, I just heard of you through another FB friend’s link who’s son has food allergies. I think it’s great you have a book out. I’ll pass your info on, since I know a few friends who’d love your book!

  29. Rachelle says:

    {sorry not your book, but this book….} lol

  30. Alison says:

    I liked you on facebook!

  31. EosMom says:

    Definitely a “Like” but has been for awhile. Just posted another reminder on Facebook, after posting a link to the ranch dressing recipe. I told my son about the recipe and he said “AWESOME!” 🙂

    This cookbook sounds like it would a wonderful addition! I’m ALWAYS looking for something new to expand our repertoire.

    Debbie (EosMom)

  32. Michelle says:

    Your Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook really is my handbook. I like all of your recipes and now I like you on facebook!

  33. Hi all:

    Thanks for your comments. Please note that this giveaway has closed!



  34. Kathy says:


    The “Free For All cooking” looks great! I put you on my facebook page. I hope it helps you as much as your “The Allergen-free Baker’s Handbook” that I purchased has helped me. I do have one little problem. When I try to make your chocolate chip cookie recipe in there it always as flat as a cookie can get. I did substitute butter for the shortening. In the front of the book it said it was and equal exchange. Any help would be great!

    My absolute favorite recipe is the orange scones. I made them for my daughters friend who is celiac and she said “I feel like a princess.” thank you again! You have blessed all our lives with your recipes.

    Much love,


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