Food allergies can range in intensity from mildly annoying to deadly serious. They can force strict limits on what an allergy sufferer can, and cannot cook – which is especially tough if you’re used to whipping up a favorite batch of peanut butter cookies before your child is diagnosed with a peanut allergy, or you’re diagnosed with a wheat allergy. Allergy-Free Desserts: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free,Soy-free and Nut-free Delights is a cookbook that provides plenty of tasty baked goods and desserts that look and taste like the “real thing” but should fit the diets of many food allergy sufferers, allowing you to create all kinds of homemade goodies with no worries about what the reaction to them will be.
Allergy-free baking requires that you make quite a few ingredient substitutions, so the book starts off with an introduction to some of the ingredients you’ll find called for in the book, what they’re used for and what they taste like. All the guess work in using these ingredients has been taken out of thee equation when you’re working with the book, but in addition to being able to bake the included recipes, you’ll also get a sense of how to better use these things to adapt other favorite recipes.
The recipes in the book are friendly and easy to follow along with. The ingredient lists are short, despite the inclusion of some ingredients that you might not recognize right off the bat, and so are the instructions, which read just like those of a “regular” recipe. There are many photos of the finished products to inspire you and keep you on the right track as you work. You’ll find recipes for cookies, bar cookies, quick breads, cakes and candies. You can preview a few right on Amazon’s website, too, including Pretend Peanut Butter Cookies and Cool Mint Patties.