Posted on | June 16, 2012 | No Comments
Gluten Free Matzo sent us a cookbook that has Passover friendly recipes. This cookbook is retails around $23.
In the cookbook there are starters and appetizers; soups, soup garnishes & sauces; fish; poultry; meat; vegetarian mains & substantial sides; desserts; breads and crackers; American cookies & English biscuits; and cakes.
The author is a woman who has been wheat and gluten free for many years. She compiled this cookbook for those who follow Ashkenazi traditions. The cookbook is written and published in London. It uses the metric system but there is a handy conversion reference sheet in the back.
Each recipe comes with a short description, and variations for the recipes. I found this helpful because most of the recipes I have never heard of, and it helped me select which recipes to try.
The photos throughout the book are mediocre at best . Some photos are crisp and show the food well. Other photos are slightly blurry and unclear. Since I was unfamiliar with most of the recipes, I wish they had pictures of each recipe that were crisp and clear.
I tried one recipe from each section. Each recipe offered different flavors , although my family did not enjoy every recipe we tried. The flavors and the method of cooking is very different than what my household is used to. There were a few that appealed to us, but most were disappointments. The directions were not as clear as I would have liked them to be as well. When I am cooking with ingredients and recipes I am familiar with it is okay to be a little vague. When everything is so new I need exact directions. At times I guessed what the instructions meant. Even so, every recipe I attempted turned out (at least I think).
Overall, it is an okay cookbook. I would use it when I’m in the mood to try something new, but I would not recommend it.
Rating: 2 stars
Pros: new flavors compatible with Passover
Cons: blurry pictures, unclear directions
If you wish to test this cookbook for yourself, it is available at via Gluten Free Matzo via amazon.com: