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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.

Leon Fast and Free by Jane Baxter and John Vincent. Conran, 2017

Leon’s newest cookbook is packed full of “free-from recipes for people who really like food”, and proves once again that free from diets don’t have to be uninspiring or bland. Every recipe (of which there are many, ranging from breakfast to snacks to main meals) is free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar - several are also nut-free, vegetarian and vegan. The recipes do have a few things in common however… they’re all packed with flavour, are fresh and exciting, and all sound utterly delicious. The stunning photography that accompanies really does get your stomach rumbling.

Turn to page 294 to find the recipe for Leon’s Paleon bar - made by a certain little bakery in Dorset!

Specific gluten- and dairy-free title. 

Free-From Desserts by Julia Thomas. Quadrille Publishing, 2015

Truth be told, I picked this book off the bookshelf largely because of the stunning cheesecake on the front - they say you should never judge a book by its cover, however in this case it’s entirely appropriate! Julia Thomas’ book is a visual delight, full of simple and delicious pudding recipes, guaranteed to satisfy everyone with a sweet tooth - the bonus being that every recipe is free from gluten, wheat and dairy. The images that accompany the recipes are stunning and really make the book a joy to read.  To aid new bakers, or those wishing to expand their store cupboards, Julia also dedicates several pages to her essential ingredients. The perfect bookshelf addition for pudding lovers.

Specific gluten, wheat and dairy-free title.

Grow Your Own Cake by Holly Farrell. Frances Lincoln Ltd, 2016

We’re very lucky to have a wealth of fresh produce growing on site throughout the year - apples, damsons and chillies, to name just a few! I love incorporating homegrown fruits and veggies into bakes - it’s so satisfying and the taste can be sublime. This book brings together growing and baking, allowing you to transform a packet of seeds into a fully fledged plant, and subsequently into a delicious cake or savoury bake. It’s detailed and full of helpful hints, tips and know-hows - but at the same time is not so complex that it becomes off putting to novice gardeners or baking beginners.

I especially love how there are chapters dedicated to seasonal bakes, meaning you can use your produce when it’s at its peak. A fab book for those who love to split their time between the garden and the kitchen.

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

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