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Searching for a gluten free, dairy free or vegan recipe book?  

Here is a selection of some of our favourites taken from our well stocked reference library. A lot of them have really gone through their paces here in our Bee Shack kitchen and are, in our opinion, an essential addition to any book shelf. You can read some of our previous book reviews here.

Keep It Vegan by Aine Carlin. Kyle Books, 2014.

The introduction of our ‘New Generation’ cake family has seen us welcome several vegan cookbooks to our already considerable book selection. This one by Aine Carlin has become a particular favourite of mine, and it’s perfect for novice cooks or those who are just beginning a vegan diet. The recipes are varied and tasty, but very simple and they don’t require expensive or hard-to-find ingredients - something that I’m sure makes many people wary of trying out veganism. They’re also very quick - you’ll find yourself whipping up a macaro-no cheese or spicy chana masala in no time.

Even if you’re not vegan, the book would be great for helping you to eat a little healthier and incorporate more veggies into your diet. It’s a simple, healthy cookbook that is perfect for adding more plant-based dishes to your repertoire.

Please note that this is not a specific gluten free title.

This is Gluten Free by Victoria Hall. Ryland Peters & Small, 2017

Much like our very own Emma, Victoria started out by baking (late at night!) and delivering gluten free cakes – which soon enough snowballed into a fully-fledged gluten free restaurant (2 Oxford Place, in Leeds) and an accompanying cookbook. And what a book it is! It’s crammed full of absolutely delightful recipes – mainly sweet – such as a Cookie Dough Cake, Coconut Crème Brulee, and a stunning Salted Caramel Cake. Everything is gluten free and there are a fair few dairy free recipes featuring as well, which is helpful for when you need to cater for multiple allergies and intolerances. There are also helpful guides to ingredients, techniques and equipment (useful for novice bakers) and the gorgeous photography really helps to showcase the recipes in all their glory.

Specific gluten free title.

Vegetable Perfection by Mat Follas. Ryland Peters & Small, 2016

Whether you’re vegetarian or not, this book can’t help but make you hungry. Mat takes our humble and often unappreciated vegetables, which are so frequently served as side dishes and accompaniments, and transforms them into stunning and delicious meals in their own right. Forget boiling - in this book, vegetables are smoked, grilled, roasted, pickled, and even fermented. Some of the recipes are perhaps a little too “fancy restaurant” for you to whip up for your evening family meal (although they do sound delicious), but they certainly give loads of inspiration and make you think about different ways to prepare and serve your veggies.

Many of the recipes are naturally gluten free and several are vegan - others could easily be adapted to be dairy free, if necessary.

Please note that this is not a specific gluten free title.

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