Author(s): Rebecca Reilly (photography Romulo Yanes)
If you are intolerant of gluten or allergic to wheat, you know how frustrating it can be to crave a buttery scone or a slice of warm pie. And if you have kids who are gluten-sensitive, you know how much they miss being able to bite into a chewy chocolate chip cookie when they come home from school and how much they hate having to say no to a slice of a friend's birthday cake. Now, with Gluten-Free Baking by Cordon Bleu-trained chef Rebecca Reilly, you don't have to sit by while family and friends indulge in desserts and other confections. More than 125 recipes for sweet and savory goods, including crispy cookies, meltingly tender muffins, elegant quiches, and stunning layer cakes, prove that eating can be a pleasure, no matter what your dietary issues are. Baking without wheat is notoriously tricky, but using Reilly's detailed step-by-step recipes, anyone will be able to turn out tempting treats like moist Pumpkin Bread and tender Sour Cream Coffee Cake. Crisp Ginger Molasses Cookies, Lemon Squares, and Pound Cake are kid- and family-pleasing favorites that will no longer be off-limits. In addition, you'll find tips on how to stock a gluten-free kitchen, advice on techniques, sources for ingredients, and a list of resources and information on celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Gorgeous color photographs show you how appealing gluten-free desserts can be. With Gluten-Free Baking, you'll never miss out on the opportunity to feast on sinfully rich desserts again! First published 2002.