We received two great surprises in the mail this week…
The first is Living Without magazine’s Gluten-Free Baking Recipes and How-To’s:
This is the first issue to arrive (of the 2 gluten free magazine subscriptions given to me by our dear Richard for my birthday).
I am especially excited to try out the gluten-free yeast bread recipes. Although I generally try to avoid making anything that requires xanthan gum, I will make some exceptions in order to try some of the amazing-looking recipes in this magazine. If anyone knows of a cheaper substitute for xanthan gum, though, please let me know in the comments! That stuff is pricey!
The second surprise we received is Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Good:
This was a totally unexpected gift sent to us by relatives. The book has a gluten-free/vegan slant (among other things), which is good, and it was free.. who can argue with that!
I had already read a lot about some of the more ridiculous pieces of text in the book, but I was trying to approach it with an open mind. That lasted until I flipped the book over to glance at the back cover and saw the picture of GP coyly sucking on a Popsicle. Um, why??? It was just the first of MANY odd and occasionally confusing photos in the book. There is Gwyneth sitting on a table while she cuts avocado, because someone’s butt near the food they are about to eat is totally hygienic. There is also Gwyneth haphazardly holding a giant tray of eggs on her hip.. and a photo of Gwyneth sitting on a scooter, just because. I don’t own a ton of cookbooks (I DO own a Star Wars Cookbook!), but this is the first one I have ever seen that has SO MANY photos of the “chef”… like more photos of GP than the food itself. Odd.
However, all that said, I haven’t even really looked at the recipes in It’s All Good yet. 😛 I think I will try to test a couple out soon, though I will be using real mayonnaise instead of the veganaise. Nothing about the word veganaise sound appealing.
Some reviews of It’s All Good:
- The Kitchn: It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Make You Look Good an Feel Great by Gwyneth Paltrow with Julia Turshen
- The Guardian: Gwyneth Paltrow and Her Crackpot Diet May Be Laughable – But It’s Pure Genius
- NY Mag: I Tried Gwyneth Paltrow’s Diet
- Eater: The Best Lines From Gwyneth Paltrow’s New Cookbook
Anybody have any other good cookbook recommendations?