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

Vegetable Perfection by Mat Follas book cover

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.

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

This is Gluten free by Victoria Hall book cover

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.

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

Keep it Vegan by Aine Carlin bookcover

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

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

NOSH sugar free gluten free book

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.

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.

Dairy Free Delicious by Katy Salter. Quadrille Publishing, 2015

Dairy free delicious

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.

Deepest Dorset by Fanny Charles & Gay Pirrie-Weir. Deepest Books, 2016

Deepest Dorset by Fanny Charles

Although we’re probably biased, we absolutely adore Dorset and consider ourselves very lucky to be located in such a gorgeous part of the UK. Deepest Dorset is a fascinating read - it’s packed full of topics such as Leisure, Landscape, History and Food and it really does capture the wonderful variety of life in Dorset. Not only that, but the photography throughout is stunning - so much so that I kept getting distracted when reading it as my eyes were being drawn to the beautiful images! Having lived here all my life, I thought I knew a fair bit about Dorset - but this book certainly proved to me that there’s always something new to be learnt about this wonderful county. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for a red signpost from now on!

Homemade Memories by Kate Doran. Orion, 2015

homemade Memories Kate Doran

Homemade cakes and sweet treats were an integral part of my childhood - no picnic or family gathering was complete without the presence of some form of sugary delight. For that reason, I utterly adore this book from blogger Kate Doran - it’s an absolute feast of nostalgic recipes such as marshmallows, jaffa cakes and baked Alaska. There’s even a chocolate caterpillar cake, which was always a frequent feature at kiddie birthday parties! The recipes are childhood classics, but are made modern and exciting thanks to little additions and tweaks - such as the real bourbon in the bourbon biscuits.
Please note this is not a specific gluten free title.

Gluten-Free Christmas by Hannah Miles. Ryland Peters and Small, 2014

Gluten free Christmas by Hannah Miles

Christmas is a time of good cheer and good food and this little book is perfect for making sure that those following a gluten-free diet don’t have to miss out on edible delights over the festive season. As well as recipes for cookies and large cakes (including traditional stollen and Christmas pudding), the book also features canapés, stuffings and sauces - making it perfectly possible to put together a completely gluten free Christmas menu. I’ve got my eye on the Banana salted caramel tartlets - almost like tiny bite-sized banoffee pies, I think they’d be a sure hit at any social gathering! It’s a small book, but certainly not lacking in detail or recipe ideas - in fact the mini size means that it could work perfectly as a stocking filler this year.
Specific gluten free title 

River Cottage Gluten Free by Naomi Devlin. Bloomsbury, 2016

river cottage gf book

As with all of the cookbooks in the River Cottage range, this title is full to bursting with 120 delicious sweet and savoury recipes – the bonus being that they’re all gluten free and many are also dairy free. Focus is given to the use of natural and wholesome ingredients to produce baked delights, such as Chocolate fondants, Plum buckle and Gingercake muffins, as well as tasty (and simple!) meals, snacks and soups. There are also pages of really useful tips and information about catering for gluten-free diets, the best flour alternatives and where to source ingredients. Accompanying the recipes are some beautifully shot photographs (including a few of the wonderful Dorset countryside), making this an all-round excellent book and the perfect addition to any bookshelf.
Specific gluten free title, with several dairy free recipes

Delicious Gluten-Free Baking by Howard Middleton. Robinson, 2015

Delicious gf baking by howard middleton

Howard Middleton first appeared on our television screens in the fourth series of the ever popular Great British Bake Off, and has since released his first cookbook – a gluten free title, owing to the different dietary needs of his friends and family. In keeping with his style on GBBO, Howard brings together unique flavour combinations to create some scrumptious looking recipes, such as his Blue Lavender & Amaranth Cake. Most of the recipes are fairly quick and simple, but there are a few challenging bakes peppered throughout – such as the Mochaccino Wafer Cake, Dutch doughnuts and a stunning December dacquoise for the festive season. There’s also some useful information on gluten free baking ingredients, and Howard provides a humorous insight into some of the many alternative flours available. To quote Howard from his introductory paragraph, these are certainly recipes to “satisfy and pacify”!
Specific gluten free title

Cake Angels by Julia Thomas. Collins, 2011

Cake angel bok shelf

At Honeybuns, we love trying out new and slightly alternative ingredients in our products – things like date paste, ground flaxseed and sorghum flour are staples in our bakery! As brilliant as these ingredients are, we know that they might seem a bit of an extravagance for the home cook or the occasional baker. Julia Thomas makes life a little easier, using more readily available ingredients such as sunflower oil and xanthan gum to produce popular and classic recipes (Bara brith, Bakewell slice and Sticky gingerbread, to name just a few). Her recipes are wonderfully detailed and full of helpful baking tips, making this book perfect for new or novice bakers who want to don their aprons and try their hand at gluten- and dairy-free baking. 
Specific gluten, wheat and dairy free title 

Livia's Kitchen: Naturally Sweet and Indulgent Treats. Olivia Wollenberg. Ebury Press 2016.

Livias Kitchen book review

Olivia Wollenberg is my new inspiration and has since bagged her spot on my ‘list of interesting people I’d like to have lunch with’. Having set up her business straight after university, she developed her brand and began selling a FODMAP friendly crumble which is now being sold all over the nation. This book opened our eyes to FODMAPS, a type of diet that is becoming increasingly popular and many people are feeling much better having followed its specific guidelines.  We’ll be looking into this further in up-coming blog posts and products so keep your eyes peeled!
A free-from gluten, dairy and refined sugar title.

NOSH Gluten-Free Baking. Joy May. inTRADE(GB) Ltd 2015.

NOSH gluten free baking book review

Without a doubt my new gluten free bible. This book has it all. Homely meals for the family table, ‘show stopper’ desserts and gluten free snacks to make in a pinch. We made the chocolate muffins for the Honeybuns team and couldn’t believe the reception they received. People could not get enough of them! If you’re looking for a book that gives you fool proof advice and guidance on how to cook gluten free, then this is it. 
This is a gluten free title.

Ready Steady Glow by Madeline Shaw. Orion 2016 

Ready Steady Cook Madeleine Shaw

Ready Steady Glow to a new generation of cook books. It not only comes with recipes that are realistic and easy to follow but a whole chapter is dedicated to yoga at the end of the book. I thought this was such a fun idea and having tried a few of the poses since, I realize I need to up my ‘yoga game’ if I’m ever going to be as good as Madeline. There’s nothing scary or disconcerting about the recipes or the food she makes. I flick through and think ‘yeah, I could do this’ on every page. It’s vibrant, colourful and fast. Especially appealing to pescatarians who want to jazz up their every day meals a bit. 
Please note this is not a specific gluten free title.

Clean Cakes by Henrietta Inman. Jacqui Small 2016 

Clean cakes by Henrietta Inman

We at Honeybuns, completely support the act of eliminating ultra processed foods without compromising on taste (see our new range of gluten free and dairy free naturally sweetened cakes). This is what Henrietta, a classically trained pastry chef, has managed to achieve so effortlessly in her book, Clean Cakes.  The use of the word ‘clean’ in the food industry has become quite controversial but I think the main aim here is not to eliminate certain foods in our diet, but introduce some that will nourish and enrich our health. Each cake looks entirely delectable and what’s better is the fact that the ingredients she uses are gluten free, dairy free and unrefined. You’ll be amazed at what she manages to make with what at first appears to be a restricted set of ingredients. 
Gluten, dairy and refined sugar free book title title.

The Naughtiest Vegan Cakes in Town. Ms Cupcakes. Square Peg 2013.

The naughtiest vegan cakes in town by Ms Cupcake

I swear I heard this book yell out ‘Read me!’ when it caught my eye.  It’s beautiful, fun and eccentric, some of my all time favourite adjectives. Melissa Morgan, Canadian born, cake lover who moved to London in the late 2000’s, is now the proud owner of a vegan, egg-less and often gluten free vintage style bakery in Brixton. The book details many of the cakes sold there and has bright pictures of scrumptious cupcakes and muffins that are enveloped by an overwhelming feeling of the 1950’s (one of my favorite eras). With so many dietary requirements being catered for these days, “it’s important to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to eat good cake”, she states. If you’re thinking about venturing into the universe of veganism then this is the perfect read. 
This is not a specific gluten free title.

I Quit Sugar. Sarah Wilson. Bluebird 2014.

I quit sugar by Sarah wilson

This inspiring book describes how Sarah Wilson managed to ditch the sugar monster all together and develop a new way of living which has allowed her to feel more alive than ever. It’s a week by week ‘how to’ guide demonstrating that if she can do it, anyone can. The book provides helpful hints about how to avoid situations where you may cave at the temptation of sugar and how to get back on the ‘sugar free horse’ if you happen to fall off. There are some great recipes in here, fool proof soups and guilt free ice-cream amongst them. It’s as much a tool to learn with as it is a cook book. I never knew how many different plant based milks you could make at home or why coconut water is so good for you. 
Please note this is not a specific gluten free title.

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

Leon Fast and Free recipe book

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!

Our 'Better Brownie' recipe also features in their book Leon: Baking & Puddings

Specific gluten- and dairy-free title. 

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

Free From Desserts by Julia Thomas

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

Grow your own cake recipe book by holly Farrell

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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