Since I've been gluten-free, I've had to rethink my baking. GF flours just flat don't behave the way other grain flours do. And although I still use some "regular" baking recipes as guides and inspiration, my cookbooks are getting opened less and less frequently. Honestly, part of it is that I truly don't feel like looking at (read drooling over) things I know I can never again bake and eat. Well, I could still bake them....for others. But why? GF stuff has taken over our household and deliciously replaces anything -- except bread!! -- gluten-laden.
So, in an effort to "zen" my life a little, my cookbook collection is going to get trimmed to my bare essentials.
The first book I'd like to give away is the drool-worthy "The Cake Book" by Tish Boyle.
At 368 pages, with gorgeous photographs, it's truly a lovely guide to making fantastic-tasting and beautifully decorated cakes of all kinds: Angel food, pound, coffee, fruit-based, flourless, cheese, mousse, and meringue cakes. The instructions are clear. There are mail-order sources listed for special ingredients. In short, a gem of a book.
If you'd like to win the book, please leave a comment along with the first name (only) of someone you love. End of February, there'll be a random drawing -- yep, the time-honored pull-a-name-from-the-hat routine. Hopefully you'll win the book and you can bake that someone you love a sweet little surprise -- in a premeditated act of kindness :)