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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Warning About Gluten-Free Cookbook

I often include information about gluten-free foods and gluten-free cookbooks in this blog because so many people with celiac disease are also lactose intolerant because of the damage that the disease causes to their intestines.

Elizabeth Barbone apparently didn't get this message when she wrote her new cookbook, Easy Gluten-Free Baking.

Ironically, the warning was delivered as a compliment, by a reporter who also was missing this important detail. In his story on the cookbook, Greg Morago of the Houston Chronicle wrote:

Most of the delicious foundations for good baking — butter, sugar, eggs, cream, chocolate — can be found in Elizabeth Barbone’s new cookbook, except for one: flours that contain gluten.

Cream and butter? True, these can always be substituted for, but you can do that with any recipe.

Now, for those readers who do need gluten-free recipes and who don't care about ingredients with lactose, Easy Gluten-Free Baking might be a good buy.
Barbone promises simple and economical recipes that provide light, moist and tasty baked goods.

Be warned. And informed.

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1 comment:

Elizabeth Barbone said...

Dear Steve,
Hello. I was sorry to see your warning about my cookbook. You are correct, it does contain dairy. However, I have *never* advertised the cookbook as being dairy-free.

I've been privileged to serve the gluten-free community for eleven years through baking classes, a newsletter and, now, a web site. I do realize that some people with celiac are also lactose intolerant. As you have noted, dairy can be substituted in most recipes. Gluten, however, is very challenging to replace. My students, who are lactose-free, have complemented my recipes because they are able to use dairy substitutes and the recipes still work.

If you have any questions about replacing the dairy in my recipes, feel free to let me know! I am more than happy to help.

Thanks!