Friday, June 12, 2009
Cookbook Watch: Diet restrictions
Two interesting books today. First, "Babycakes" by Erin McKenna. This is a book from a bakery in New York, and what's special is that everything they bake is completely vegan and gluten-free, and low in sugar as well. The book has all their great recipes, and I have to say, it sure looks nice. Even for those without diet restrictions, of course! However, it's not that easy to follow the recipes, since they require so many special ingredients. I can't get half of them, so I won't be keeping this - unfortunately. But if you live in the US, or elsewhere with easy access to agave nectar, evaporated cane juice, xanthan gum, coconut flour and Bob's Red Mill flour mixes, you should definitely get this.
And then we have "You don't have to be a diabetic to love this cookbook" by Tom Valenti. Definitely interesting - and you can tell by the super-long title what this is about. It has over 200 recipes that are low in carbs and sugar - something which can be good for everyone and not just those who actually have to eat that way. Now, it also has some basic dietary information which I'm not that interested in, but the recipes seem nice. It doesn't have many photos, unfortunately, but I really want to try the grilled portobello mushroom quesadillas with mozzarella and roasted red peppers, and snacks like shrimp wrapped with goat cheese, basil and prosciutto.