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The Family-friendly Gluten-free cookbook

When New Zealander Sarah King's first two young children were diagnosed with coeliac, she quickly realized that keeping them happily fed on a budget would require some fresh thinking in the kitchen. Drawing on her experience running her own catering business, Sarah focussed on creating scrumptious gluten free alternatives for her family. Sarah now shares her best recipes as a first time author in her new book The Family-friendly Gluten-free Cookbook.

The Family-friendly gluten-free cookbook

Some of our site visitors may already know Sarah and her husband Mitch as the owners of the popular gluten free grocer in Auckland. Sarah also has a long history of catering to the crowds at the farmer's market where she was able to test and refine the recipes in her book until they were indistinguishable from their gluten-containing counterparts. Sarah says that preparation is the key to successful gluten free baking, with all her recipes written with quick and easy methods so that anyone can achieve great results.

New Holland Publishers kindly sent me a copy, so I tried out some of the recipes myself an can attest to the simple approach that Sarah has taken - the instructions are clear and descriptive with ingredients listed in exactly the order that you need them, ensuring great results. Most of the recipes come with a gorgeous full page colour photo by Devin Hart, allowing the reader to flick through and choose from one of the mouth watering options. Sarah does an excellent job of creating colourful, flavour-rich foods with simple ingredients that don't take all day to prepare.

Here are just some of the recipes:

  • Mediterranean Vegetable Tart
  • Bacon and Corn Muffins
  • Garlic Bread
  • Homestyle Chicken Pie
  • Lemon Meringue Pie
  • White Chocolate and Orange Biscotti
  • Chocolate Brownies
  • Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Filling
  • Self-saucing Chocolate Pudding
  • Baked New York Style Cheesecake

There is also a range of helpful information in The Family-friendly Gluten-free Cookbook on living gluten free, how to avoid contamination in your kitchen, living gluten free on a budget as well as a great set of ideas for children's lunch boxes. Written by a kiwi, the book is well suited to New Zealand tastes and uses low cost ingredients that are readily available locally.

I look forward to lots more baking from this excellent book. In the mean time, here are some of the delicious savoury scones that I made yesterday:

Gluten Free Scones

The Family-friendly Gluten-free cookbook can be purchased online from* or from all good bookstores (RRP $39.99).

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Posted by Rory on Sep 18th, 2012 under Cookbooks | Permalink | Comments(0) | tweetTweet | facebookFacebook