Friday, October 26, 2012

The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread Double Decker Review & Giveaway

Julie and I have decided to stack monthly cookbook reviews, so we'll be writing dual reviews on the xgfx-ness of a particular cookbook to bring you twice the information on the same day.

If you have no idea what I mean, just picture a double-stuffed sandwich cookie. Julie's review is on the top, and mine is on the bottom. The yummy creamy filling overstuffed in the center is what you get - in the form of two unique reviews and two giveaways on an identical book on the same day.

We are truly brilliant, we know.

The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread by Laurie Sadowski - published by Book Publishing Company, 2011. Don't miss the giveaway near the end of this review!
Julie showed me The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread a month or so ago, and after leafing through the book and making (and eating) the chocolate chip scones together, I knew I wanted to review it (you can read Julie's review of this book here).  You know how you can sorta look through a cookbook and know right away if it'll sink or swim?  I knew this book wouldn't let me down, and so far it hasn't. 

New York-Style Bagels hit the spot.  You can see and read more about them in this post.  They lean and they lean, but they're sturdy enough to hold their own.
More than just offering recipes that satisfy, this book is also loaded with really helpful information on the preparation and storage of xgfx baked goods.  If you're looking for your own xgfx dough teacher, this is the book to get.  Laurie Sadowski gives very thorough directions with lots and lots of appealing recipes to learn from.

I feel as though I've already made boatloads from this book, but I'll be making more.  So far my oven has pumped out:  Apple-Chai Scones, Burger Buns (twice), New York-Style Bagels, Garlicky Pull-Apart Rolls, and then the Chocolate Chip Scones I baked with Julie-Bub.

Burger Buns.  The going rate for commercial xgfx buns in Portland is about $7.00 a bag.  These are better with light and fluffy insides and aren't too heavy to eat with a hearty patty.  I had to throw the second batch in the freezer right away, because we were eating them hot out of the oven with olive oil smeared on top, and I wanted them for, y'know, burgers...
Here are some of my favorite things about The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread:
❤  A xgfx bread dream come true:  scones in a myriad of flavors, pizza dough, monkey bread, cornbread, bread sticks, chocolate cinnamon rolls, doughnuts, etc.  Honestly, I think I want to make every single thing in this book.  Banana-Rhubarb Crumble Muffins?  Please come home with me, and let me make you an honest woman.

❤ Each recipe tells you how much of each flour and starch you need.  No commercial mixes are called for anywhere in the book and Laurie doesn't make readers mix up a flour/starch combo to use (and thus store) for the cookbook. 

❤ The recipes are very detailed--most even tell you how long to beat the dough, whether a quick or yeasted bread.

❤ I'm not a fan of the taste of quinoa flour, which is called for in some of the recipes.  However, Laurie gives easy directions on subbing it out with other flours.  I used millet flour with great results.  

❤ Everyone's liked everything!  That's hard to beat.

Apple-Chai Scones, which I prettied up with some sugar drizzles.  We declared these tastier than the ones from Flying Apron, I featured yesterdayCheck out Julie's review for the recipe!
 My critiques:
  • If you bake from it a lot, some of the yeasted doughs have very similar flavor profiles. 
  • Many of the recipes are heavy in xantham gum.  I don't mind using xantham these days, but I don't like to feel any residue from it in my mouth.  If you're sensitive, you'll probably want to play with adjusting the amount in some recipes. 
  • This book's no looker (and its title sure doesn't help) and there are no recipe pictures, although Laurie posts lots of pictures on her book's website.
This giveaway is open to US and Canadian addresses.  To win your own copy of this book, simply post a comment by midnight Pacific time on Monday, October 29th 2012 (please make sure to leave some sort of way I can get in touch with you), and I'll draw a random winner.
 
Garlicky Pull-Apart Rolls.  We paired these for dinner with Indian, trying to channel a sort of Pav Bhaji experience.
  • Title:  Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread
  • Author Laurie Sadowski
  • Blog:   Whisking and Writing
  • Publisher:  The Book Publishing Company
  • What I've Tried:  Burger Buns, Chocolate Chip Scones, New York-Style Bagels, Garlicky Pull Apart Rolls and Apple-Chai Scones.
  • Photos:  None
  • Focus:  xgfx quick and yeasted bread.
  • 5 Recipes to Intrigue:  Cinnamon-Swirled Sweet Potato Bread, Gooey Maple-Pumpkin Biscuits, Banana-Nut Monkey Bread, Chocolate-Filled Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Orange Glaze and Soft Pumpernickel Breadsticks.
  • XGFXness100% XGFX
Disclaimer:  I requested and received a free review copy of The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread  from Book Publishing Company.  No compensation or gift was exchanged for this review, and the opinion posted here is my own.

xo
kittee


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71 comments:

  1. Well I am impressed, especially by the fact that you don't have to make up a pre-mix of flours!

    If this is only open to US residents, ignore my comment, but if it's open internationally, then count me in!

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    1. mandee, go check it out on amazon. some of the recipes are viewable through their search inside link.

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  2. All these recipes look great. Would love to win!

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  3. This sounds like a winner, and the texture of those buns looks impressive in the photo. I'm glad y'all are doing these reviews.

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    1. thanks, john. we are trying to team up on the xgfx front.

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  4. Looks like a great cookbook and I love your review format. Just commenting but don't enter me bc I am already buried in cookbooks; need to enter a cookbook 12-step program (Admitting my problem was the first step :)

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  5. If this is not for Us citizens only I'd definitely love to have that book.. This stuff just looks amazing O:

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  6. Thanks for the review. I've been looking at this book for quite a while (seriously) it's on my Wish List and everything. I just couldn't make up my mind about it and, like you, Quinoa? Not so much. :-)

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    1. Oops! laurel van blarcum at sbc global dot net Thankee

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    2. It's really great. We're doing a review of one more xgfx baking book at the end of the month, but the books really compliment each other well.

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    3. I am sooo glad. I just hate it when I make xgfx bread and it comes out awful, especially as I can't do bean flours or oats and they, along with quinoa seem to be in 90% of the recipes. So Know I won't have to fill up my shelves with one more useless book. Kudos to you and Julie.

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  7. thanks for this giveaway!
    gkuroda(at)gmail(d0t)com

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  8. Double-stuffed reviews are just the best, double the fun & information! And, dang, I want one of those pull-apart rolls right now, they look fantastic!

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  9. My best friend is GF. Those pictures make me hungry! Please enter me in the drawing.

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  10. Looks fantabulous, Kitteelady.. (No need to enter me in the draw - ordered a copy after reading your post. Just wanted to throw some happyhoopla yer way)

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    1. thanky, lauren! you're still xgfx these days, huh?

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  11. what a great review Kittee - so many recipes, and also comments on the book at large. I love that the recipes don't call for a commercial xgfx mix, or have you make your own. I always feel like those recipes may or may not come out. I really prefer when each type / amount of flour is given specifically. Great pics!

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    1. thanks, amey. gah, i have such a loathe of those books, but some of those books do all three and that puts me ovre the edge.

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  12. oh would love to check this out as i've been vegan and am just recently going gf.

    starfivesother at gmail

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  13. Don't enter me 'cause I already own and have reviewed the book. Just want to second your opinion. Great review and inspiring photos. I must make the burger buns!

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    1. thanks, andrea. you should try them for sure.

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  14. I'm a GF vegan and my niece just discovered her issues with gluten. We'd love to bake from this! Karen morganguiney@aol.com

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  15. Lovely, thanks! Would be happy to know some degree of soy-i-ness for the allergic eater as well. helen.poitra.chalmers [at] gmail

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    1. The book is largely soy-free. It calls for vegan butter in small quantities, but you could probably use coconut oil or soy-free EB.

      xo
      kittee

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  16. I wanna be a random winner. For sure. : )

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  17. This looks amazing! I have recently begun a quest for gluten-free vegan bread that has a texture I like. I'd love to try this!

    megadesiree at gmail

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  18. Sounds awesome, so pick me! veganyear at gmail.com

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  19. Yea for xgfx scones! (miranda@loveallbeings.org)

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  20. I've never had pullapart rolls of any kind! This would be great for my allergy-ridden family back home :)

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  21. Those garlic pull apart rolls are making mu mouth water. Good thing we're having pizza for dinner - I need a bread fix, asap!

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  22. Any baking book with a little cornbread love makes me happy! Sounds like a yumfabulous book...many thanks!

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  23. Precious scones, New York bagels, and anything garlicy and also gluten free? please accept my entry even though this book no looker.

    Did i win?

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  24. I am so excited about this book. Bread has got to be one of the hardest things allergy free. I want to win

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  25. Ooh wee I hope I win! And I love reading your posts always, but especially this time of year. Love, Michelle and Aaron xoxoxo

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    1. aw, i love know you read my blog. you're one of my only RL friends that do!!

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  26. Hi Kittee! I recently found your blog and really enjoy it! If I'm not mistaken I read somewhere that you too suffer from fibromyalgia. I was dignosed about two years ago when I was 16 and recently found out I have an pretty bad wheat intolerance. I have yet to give up gluten all together (I really love barely flour) but I am interested in how going gluten free has helped your fibro. I would love to hear about your experience if you have the time. Thanks! BeccaMFerguson@aim.com

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  27. Hi Kittee!

    Wow, I really want this book. Your food porn is amazing! Great tasting xgfx breadstuff? Count me in! I hope I win.

    BTW, which book would you recommend to a noob gluten-free baker? This one or Gluten-Free Vegan Bread?

    Can contact me at hugegoddess at yahoo dot com.

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    Chely

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    1. Hi Chely,
      If you want my honest opinion, I would say you need both. The books are both very different with different techniques, but compliment each other very well. Jennifer's Katzinger's book offers artisan style loafs like you might find in a baker and sophisticated quick-breads, Laurie's book offers sandwich style loaves and more utilitarian recipes like bagels, rolls, cornbread, pita and scones.

      Hope that helps!
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  28. Ok, so I already have this book and I LOVE it! Everything that I have made has been amazing! I am entering this giveaway to win it for a friend who is gluten free and vegan. She has been a little down lately and I'd like to win this for her to cheer her up! :-)

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    1. Did you know Laurie's coming out with two more books? Next up is cakes, which I'm super excited about.

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  29. Mmm scones. Would love a copy of this. I've heard good things about it.

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  30. I want to make everything in that book!

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  31. ooo man, i would so love to have a copy of this book. i've only ever found one useful xgfx bread recipe, and would love more! plus, the photos of the stuff you've made look amazing. yum yum yum!

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  32. oh please, burger buns dipped in olive oil. yes. yes. yes.

    angelikasteinberg at gmail dot com

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  33. I would LOVE to win this cookbook for my mom who is embracing vegan food and who recently discovered she has food sensitivities. This would be a great gift for her.

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  34. All of your photos are so delectable! My mouth is watering. Nom nom nom. Would love to win this cookbook.

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  35. I would LOVE to win this cookbook for my mom who is embracing vegan food and who recently discovered she has food sensitivities. This would be a great gift for her.

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  36. This books looks amazing!! You can reach me at fireone911@aol.com. Thanks!

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  37. This book looks terrific! Thanks for the review and the opportunity to win it!

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  38. Wow... So much vegan, gluten-free goodness... I want to go to there.

    hungryvegantraveler [at] gmail

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  39. Those breads look soooo yummy!!! Hope I win!! :)

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  40. GF Vegan baking is my biggest challenge yet! Yhis looks like a hope filled cookboo! joanofz@gmail.com

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  41. So many of my friends can't eat gluten. This would be so helpful!

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  42. I am sooo intimidated by bread. Since diagnosis I've found easy ways to replace everything except bread. I've tried a couple loaves and they didn't turn out well at all, so I gave it up. Used to bake all the time before! Maybe I should give it a shot again. :)
    catherine.savage at gmail dot com

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  43. This book is new to me...I'm interested in checking it out!

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  44. I love baking and there are so many delicious looking recipes in this book. I would love to own a copy!! I am happy that Canadians are included in this giveaway. Thanks!!

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  45. I have never even heard of this book but I certainly could use it. If I don't win I might have to buy my own.

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  46. I would love this book. Between my vegan friends, my celiac father, and my allergic self, this would be AWESOME.

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  48. I could really go for a Bagel now. Being a vegan, I would get good use out of this book.

    Twitter: @genevievegamlin

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