She might start with an already gluten-free mix and “doctor it up” with other ingredients to achieve the rich tastes that everyone enjoys. Byrn also includes tips and tricks to achieve flawless textures and consistencies.
Some tips include:
• Add cornmeal to baking mixes with rice flour to avoid the gritty texture often associated with gluten-free foods.
• Use chickpea flour as a binding agent in fritters.
• Thicken soups and stews through evaporation or use purees, potatoes or cream instead of flour.
The book also includes dairy-free variations, special-occasion menus and tips for converting recipes and eating gluten-free on a budget.
In addition to Byrn’s book, there are a couple of other new titles that might be of interest to those dealing with celiac disease or trying to live gluten-free:
Her tips include how to stock a gluten-free kitchen, what commercial foods and mixes are recommended for use, tips for eating out (at school and restaurants), support groups and even questions to ask your doctor and pharmacist relating to celiac disease and gluten-free prescriptions.
Recipes range from white bread and drop biscuits to quesadillas, pasta salad, pizza, crispy fish and chicken and a wide range of cookies, pies and puddings.
Let’s Eat Out! addresses seven popular cuisines (American, Chinese, French, Indian, Italian, Mexican and Thai) and gives people the tools to enjoy each cuisine anywhere in the world while avoiding 10 of the most prevalent allergens (gluten, peanuts, soy, fish, eggs, dairy, wheat, nuts, corn, shellfish). It covers more than 175 specific menu items; 200 breakfast and beverage suggestions; 300 questions to ask and how to say them in the specific language; 130 snack and light meal ideas; 50 global airlines; hundreds of tips from 15 chefs and culinary experts; 10 health, medical and nutritional experts; and 20 long-term sufferers of various food allergies with extensive experience in dining out throughout the world.
Let’s Eat Out! Allergy Free Passport retails for $24.95. For purchasing info, visit allergyfreepassport.com or call (312) 952-4900.