DAIRY-FREE, LACTOSE-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE
Review by Barb & Ron Kroll
The Dairy-free & Gluten-free Kitchen
(Ten Speed Press) ISBN 978-1607742241 1607742241
If you have food allergies to dairy, gluten, soy, eggs and nuts, or lactose-intolerance, then this cookbook will help you enjoy foods that you had to cut from your diet, such as pancakes, pizza, brownies and ice cream.
Besides 150 recipes for gluten-free dishes and dairy-free meals, you will find basic recipes for non-dairy yogurt and milk alternatives, as well as gluten-free flour and bread. The diet recipes, ranging from dairy-free shakes to gluten-free pizza, minimize sugar and oil. The Dairy-free & Gluten-free Kitchen cookbook also answers questions about dairy and gluten allergies and provides resources for food allergy information.
How to make non-dairy sour cream
Each of the 150 recipes in the food allergy cookbook is dairy-free and gluten-free. Color codes indicate which recipes are also free of soy, nuts, eggs, sugar and oil.
Denise Jardine introduces each chapter in The Dairy-free & Gluten-free Kitchen with cooking tips and ingredient substitutions. For example, in her recipe for non-dairy sour cream made with tofu, she says that you can also make dairy-free sour cream by adding one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to her dairy-free yogurt recipe (nut milk yogurt).
Appetite-stimulating, full-page color photos by Caroline Kopp and Erin Kunkel illustrate some of the recipes for people with food allergies.
Answers to food allergy questions
The 201-page cookbook provides basic non-dairy recipes for cheese (macadamia pine nut cheese) and whipped cream (soy velvet whipped cream), as well as gluten-free sandwich bread and pie crust recipes.
The introduction answers food allergy questions such as: What is lactose intolerance? (Answer: lack of the enzyme, lactase, to break down milk sugar.) How does lactose intolerance differ from dairy allergy (reaction to milk protein)? How do you use Kosher dairy codes (D) to find dairy-free products in grocery stores? What is a good non-dairy butter substitute? (Answer: Earth Balance natural buttery spread.)
List of gluten-free flours
If you are looking for gluten-free flour, Denise Jardine provides a list, ranging from amaranth flour to white rice flour. She notes which gluten-free flours must be stored in the fridge, e.g., nut meal flours and teff. Jardine also explains the reason for using xanthan gum and guar gum. (These binding agents add elasticity to baked goods.)
A list of resources for gluten-free information includes websites where you can buy Tribest Yolife dairy-free yogurt starter, Udi's gluten-free granola and other on-line products for food allergies.
Sample dairy, lactose and gluten-free recipes
Tropical smoothie. Breakfast seed and fruit bars. Non-dairy, gluten-free French toast. Crab and artichoke frittata. Salmon cakes with kiwi papaya salsa. Swiss chard and almond torta. Asian chicken skewers with spicy peanut sauce. Mixed greens with citrus and candied pecans. Creamy papaya vinaigrette. Butternut squash and pear soup. Shrimp tacos. Pecan-crusted trout. Coconut lime seafood stew. Peppered pork tenderloin in mustard cream sauce. Mushroom kale lasagna. Portobello risotto. Sauteed spinach with toasted pine nuts. Apple mango chutney. Three seed bread. Maple raisin scones. Flourless chocolate almond cake. Dairy-free coconut ice cream. Pumpkin cheesecake.
- Small Bites
- Salads and Dressings
- Fish and Shellfish
- Poultry and Meat
- Vegetarian and Companion Dishes
- Sauces, Salsas and Spreads
- Yeasted and Quick Breads
- Sweet Findings
Denise Jardine is the author of Recipes for Dairy-free Living.