Sunday, September 23, 2012

Inside the Book

The cover of the new cookbook,  Delightfully Free,  (which is hard bound), can be seen on my website, along with some of the photos of different recipes from the book. It is a joy to me to be able to say that the pages of the book are thick and glossy. I can personally vouch for the fact that they are wipeable, from experience :) I thought it would be a good idea also to show some of the other features of the book. So let's take a tour of  Delightfully Free.

After the title page and dedication, we have the table of contents. This will give you an idea of the range of recipes the book includes.

Next, we see the foreword, written by Christine Mohler, CN, CHPh. Then, my story and reason for writing the book.

As a help for people who are just getting started in their journey to healthy eating, I've included a section called “Stocking Your GF, DF, SF Pantry”. It is a little encouragement “talk” about not getting intimidated or overwhelmed by the new ingredients. I have recommended where you can buy the different items and how to get started. Then I have listed the ingredients that may be new to our beginner cooks of “clean eating” in categories like “Flours”, “Meals & Grains”, “Unusual Ingredients”, “Tips” and “Other Tools You Will Need”. 

There is also a metric conversion chart and my secret of how to prepare steel cut oats for baking! Next, are the many pages of recipes which, I might add, come complete with beautiful color photos that really make you want to eat! Last, is the Index.

Our tour would not be complete if I did not point out the wonderful, hidden white wire spiral. Because of this spiral, the cookbook lays open completely flat. No more smearing the recipe with chocolate cookie dough because the pages keep flipping, causing you to lose your concentration and inadvertently add the salt...twice! I LOVE that feature! 
This cookbook was written with love and care over a period of two years, following 8 years of cooking and baking this way. It is truly an offering of hope and help for those of us who love to eat food that tastes delicious. Even though we have dietary limitations, we still crave our old favorites; sometimes rich and creamy dishes (like saucy pasta and lasagna), sometimes tender and moist breads and muffins and sometimes chewy, sweet cookies. The beauty of this cookbook is that you get all that, and more. These recipes are made of healthy, whole ingredients that are real foods. They feed your body and help make you healthy instead of just satisfying a quick fix made up of white flour, white sugar, saturated fats, empty calories and all the nonfoods that are detrimental to our health. So bon appetite, enjoy your food again, enjoy life, (even at parties and during the holidays!) and live Delightfully Free


About Delightfully Free: Delightfully Free is a gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free cookbook of 141 recipes. It includes delicious resources for autism, Celiac disease, diabetes, lactose intolerance, obesity and just plain healthy living. It contains 114 color photographs, 114 vegetarian or vegetarian compatible recipes, and 103 vegan or vegan compatible recipes.