Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Autism Cookbook... a review

Update... I just published this a few hours ago but it has been brought to my attention that in all probability the pictures that are so wonderful in the book (and my favorite part of the book) are not the actual recipes.  That makes me sad.  I have not 'confirmed' this but read enough to give me pause.  Anyway, I will keep the original intact...  but given that this is probably the case, I wouldn't recommend.


I am very very good about completing reviews on time.  But when I'm not given a deadline, I consider that a reason to not do it (apparently.)  So I found three books while cleaning my desk, all on autism in some fashion, that I had not reviewed.  I am a woman of my word so I will be blogging these in the next few weeks.  Here is the first one:

The Autism Cookbook: 101 Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Recipes by Susan K. Delaine.  

One of the primary reason I purchase a certain cookbook is the pictures and this one has delicious ones!  I absolutely love the layout of the cookbook.  Each page has a picture and the recipe on the facing page. I recently posted on my facebook page that if only we could press a button on a book or computer and the desired food item would come out... well that would be fabulous.

The initial pages of the cookbook cover a very basic overview of 'why gfcf.'  It also discusses the health benefits of a raw diet.  (To me there is some controversy here because some folks are lacking enzymes for processing of raw food.)  It also contains replacement charts for gluten and casein foods.

The main part of the cookbook has all the usual recipes from soup to nuts.  When I received this book I am pretty sure I made some things from it.  If you know me, I am a COOKBOOK NUT.  In fact if you want to pop over to my Settings of Silver blog you will see I just got rid of 15 cookbooks...and that just scratched the surface.  So the fact that I didn't make a ton of the recipes does not indicate the usability of this book.  I think my primary hesitation was that The Kid has such a small band of foods the he enjoys.  The very first recipe is "Apple Chicken Sausage."  I happen to buy pre-made Apple Chicken Sausages and have tried a variation of these but i am sure that The Kid would snub his nose at them.   I am also a creature of habit.  Once i find something that works, I tend to stick with it.  (There is a fair amount of quinoa and buckwheat flour in here too and I try and stay away from both. )  To be honest as I flip through the book I would like to try a few more of the recipes.  They do look very good.

The hardcover $12.11 on This is available as a kindle product but I don't recommend as the pictures are fabulous.  I would recommend this cookbook if you are gfcf and like to try new things.   (I received this book free of charge in exchange for my honest review.)


Jennifer said...

I read some reviews on this book when shopping for a gfcf cookbook. Some people were saying the pictures were just stock photos from the internet. I have no idea if that's true, but I did get this one at our library and wasn't too impressed!

Prince Andrew and the Queen Mum said...

Wow! That is bad if that is true!!!!! I'm going to do some digging and add that info to the review if I can confirm..

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