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

Here's 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 the Bee Shack kitchen and are, in our opinion, an essential addition to any book shelf. Why not catch up on some of our previous book reviews.

Milly’s Real Food by Nicola Millbank. HQ, 2017.

“A little bit of what you fancy does you good” is Milly’s motto and we couldn’t really agree more. Of course, we should all be eating a balanced, healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise - however there’s nothing wrong with occasionally enjoying copious amounts of cheese or a cheeky chocolate brownie. Her debut book reflects this - there are pages of delicious and nutritious snacks and meals, but interspersed throughout are delightfully indulgent recipes that don’t hold back. Everything is fairly fuss-free and Milly makes use of common ingredients and easy methods to get her food on the table.

Whilst it’s not specifically a free-from cookbook, there are plenty of gluten free and dairy free recipes to try out in your kitchen.

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

The 15 Minute Vegan by Katy Beskow. Quadrille Publishing, 2017.

If you hear the word ‘vegan’ and think ‘beige, bland and boring’, then this cookbook should put your misconceptions to rest. The recipes are so vibrant and colourful - purple, orange, green and red all spring off the pages as you flick through the book. There’s no compromise on flavour either - the focus is on the use of fresh herbs, ground spices, fruits and veggies to make the recipes sing. And the title doesn’t lie either; everything is quick to make, modern and bang on trend. Cook up a few of these meals and you’re bound to be popular with friends and family - and we bet they wouldn’t even suspect that most of them are vegan.

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

Gloriously Gluten Free by Susanna Booth. Octopus Books, 2015.

The gorgeous cake that adorns the front cover of this cookbook had me fooled into thinking that this was solely a collection of sweet recipes - that will teach me to not read the blurbs! I was pleasantly surprised to find that it actually also contains a large selection of savoury snacks and mains, so it’s very versatile and a great all-rounder. The recipes are simple classics but they’re foolproof - it’s a good book for new gluten free bakers or novice cooks. Like most free-from recipe books are doing these days, many of the recipes can also be adapted to be dairy free - an added bonus. Have a look on page 184 for the gluten free ice cream cones - perfect for summer and we’re definitely going to give them a try!

This is a specific gluten free title.

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