Thursday, March 10, 2011


Jules E. Dowler Shepard brings us FREE FOR ALL COOKING, 150 Easy Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly Recipes The Whole Family Can Enjoy.

You may be familiar with Jules Gluten FreeTM, a company that supplies gluten-free flour and baking mixes for families like mine who have at least one family member with multiple food intolerences or allergies.

FREE FOR ALL COOKING is Jules's latest cookbook made available from Da Capo Press. The paperback is 247 pages, is priced at $18.95, and covers a lot of gluten-free territory.

I like this cookbook because Shepard understands families like mine, families who want to develop menus that the whole family can enjoy together, and families with more food intolerances than simply gluten-free. She gives us a lot of substitutions in her recipes, and for a newbie who isn't skilled at making substitutions, that is a real bonus. (Shepard gives us *gasp* TWELVE substitutes for eggs, with suggestions within recipes on which egg substitute works better in individual recipes. I have never seen twelve egg substitutes listed before.)

Shepard gives readers an education about which grains are gluten grains and which grains are not. If you're new to GF baking, you'll appreciate the education.

The cookbook does not require you to purchase GF flour from Jules. You may purchase flour from her or create your own blend; she gives you her blend recipe in the cookbook.

Shepard gives us a nice variety; she covers recipes for breakfast foods; appetizers and side dishes; breads and rolls; soups; main dishes; and desserts in six chapters that include everyday foods and recipes for holidays and special occasions.

There are a few pages of color photos in the center of the cookbook. Not all recipes are pictured.

The cookbook cover photo makes me want cake with sweet icing like crazy, but that's my problem, I suppose. (I will have to make a cake, soon.)

Jules blogs at

I am happy to add Free For All Cooking to my cookbook collection; inside, there are plenty of recipes that should please my picky eaters for every meal (and more).

De Capo Press sent me a copy of Free For All Cooking to review. I am not paid for this review and am not obligated to provide a positive review.

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