Book shelf

A selection of our favourite books

This is a selection of some of our favourite books 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.

Dairy Free Delicious by Katy Salter. Quadrille Publishing, 2015

Split into ‘Breakfast’, ‘Lunch’ and ‘Dinner’ (obviously with sections for ‘Dessert’ and ‘Baking’!) Katy proves that a dairy-free diet doesn’t have to be restrictive, or boring. Her recipes are fun, full of flavour and thankfully don’t contain obscure ingredients that have to be sourced from afar. I particularly like how varied the dishes are - there are the classic recipes, but there are also recipes that have been based on dishes eaten in countries where dairy doesn’t feature heavily in the diet (Vietnam, for example). This means that you get banh xeo featuring alongside lasagne and pizza, which makes for an interesting read and gives you the chance to try out something new! Perfect for dairy eaters and avoiders alike.

Specific dairy free title.  Please note this is not a specific gluten free title.

Montezuma's Chocolate Cookbook by Simon and Helen Pattison. Kyle Books, 2014

Montezuma’s, the British producer of tasty chocolates and truffles, are big fans of incorporating unlikely yet delicious flavour combinations into their products - such as geranium and orange, and lime and salt.  This love for the unique features heavily in their cookbook; the recipes are different, packed with flavour, sometimes even a little bit odd - but they all sound absolutely wonderful and I can’t wait to give some a try! I already know that the Salted Caramel Puddings will be loved by the team. It’s not all sweet recipes either - why not try your hand at a fillet of beef with cocoa sauce, or pasta with cheese, chocolate and pistachios?

This is definitely one for the chocolate fans - and those who love a little bit of kitchen experimentation.

Please note this is not a specific gluten free title.

NOSH Sugar-free, Gluten-free by Joy May. Intrade (GB) Ltd, 2016

This latest little book from NOSH is ideal for people looking for speedy, simple and inexpensive everyday recipes - we particularly like that each dish comes with costings, prep time and an ease rating, helping to make forays in the kitchen a little bit simpler.  All of the recipes, which range from snacks to slow-cook meals to cakes, are free from gluten and refined sugar - instead using store cupboard staples like buckwheat, dates and honey. Everything looks great and certainly tastes it too (the ‘Coconut Delights’ were a definite hit!). If you’re looking for a trusty, failsafe cookbook, with helpful guidance on gluten-free and refined sugar-free cooking, then this is worth a look.

This is a gluten free title.

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