Dairy-free gluten-free baking cookbook : 75+ delicious cookies, cakes, pies, breads & more by Daniellle Fahrenkrug

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

I loved the concept of this book as we move towards picnic season you never know when you are going to need a gluten-free recipe and when you can bring something that is safe for a variety of food sensitivities it’s a win all around. The beginning of this book gets a gold star if you are just starting to bake gluten or dairy free and are not really sure about how the different flours react, what substitutes actually work or even where to start. The second half was a little disappointing. I loved how the variety and the set up but as much as I love to bake I still need a recipe to have all of the directions, and not list ingredients without telling me what to do with them. Did it ruin the recipe I was making no because I was working on a forgiving cookie, but I didn’t even touch the bread section because of the unreliable breakfast section. If you are just starting out in the gluten free baking life, give this one a look, but read through all the ingredients and steps before you start.

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Taste of Home Cooking for Two

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

I’m always on the lookout for small serving-size recipes. This one is nicely illustrated and includes nutritional analysis, diabetic information and indicates healthy choices with an apple icon.

My family knows that bland food is my favorite kind of food. Stop by DPL sometime and I can tell you my horror story at a Thai restaurant in Hollywood. (The awesome Elvis impersonator however was worth the burn.) Bottom line: no crazy spices or ingredients for me ever again!

This cookbook uses common foods that I actually have at home. I look forward to making Nutty Green Salad, Turkey Spinach Salad with Maple Dressing, Tender Biscuits, Homemade Fish Sticks and Saucy Beef with Broccoli to name a few.

I think this cookbook is a keeper, I recommend giving it a try!

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Air Fry Everything! Over 130 Foolproof Recipes for Fried Favorites and Easy Ideas by Meredith Laurence

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)


I bought an air fryer and the recipes included in the box were lacking. There are a lot of cookbooks out there and reviewing them from the library is the cost efficient way to go.

This is the best one I tried so far. There are illustrations (cookbooks without pictures are just wrong!) and the recipes have been winners. I love the fish stick coating, crunchy on the outside with the fish moist and flaky. The skinny French fries were so good – and healthy to boot.

Try this book if you’re ready to be creative and well fed!

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The Cookie Collection: Artisan Baking for the Cookie Enthusiast by Brian Hart Hoffman

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Cookie recipes are a dime a dozen and good ones are worth their weight in flour. One of the things I like about this book is the variations on classic recipes such as the obligatory chapter on chocolate chip cookies. If you are looking for a cookie with a little more bite to it than standard this is the book for you.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (641.8654 HOF)