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Review and Giveaway! “The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking: 80 Low-Carb Recipes that Offer Solutions for Celiac Disease, Diabetes, and Weight Loss” by Peter Reinhart & Denene Wallace

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 by Lisa

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 5pm PST.  This giveaway is now OVER.  Thank you so much to everyone who entered!  The winner has been randomly chosen and contacted by email.  Congratulations Carin U.!

Lisa Irvine writes at Lisa’s Blogety Blog. You can find her at @Lirvine98 on twitter. If you have an idea for a giveaway, please let her know!

Doesn’t the cake on the cover of this book look fabulous?  It had me at hello.

Today’s review is The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking by Peter Reinhart & Denene Wallace.

Having to be on a special diet is not easy.  Learning to bake when you are gluten-free can be difficult.  Learning to bake when you need to be both gluten-free AND sugar-free is even more daunting!  What flours do I use?  What sweeteners can I use and how much?  This great cookbook answers all of those questions and more.

First, let me tell you a little bit about the authors.

Peter Reinhart

Peter Reinhart is a baking instructor at Johnson & Wales University. He was the co-founder of the legendary Brother Juniper’s Bakery in Sonoma County, California, and is the author of five books on bread baking, including Brother Juniper’s Bread Book and the modern classic The Bread Baker’s Apprentice, which was named cookbook of the year in 2002 by both the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Denene Wallace

Denene’s original intent was to create bakery products in her kitchen that would help her manage blood sugar issues.  She was taking 5  insulin shots a day to control her blood sugar.  Now Denene takes NO insulin shots.

She discovered over the years that these products could also be of great benefit to those who suffer from wheat sensitivity (celiac).  As a result of her personal experiences, Denene also believes that these types of products can be an additional tool in achieving and maintaining an individuals’ ideal weight.

Having been an Interior Designer for over 15 years, Denene of course, approached her bread baking projects from an artist’s vantage point – NO RULES.  She experimented with a variety of alternative flours and ingredients. Over time she was able to create excellent tasting bakery products that were sugar free, gluten free, and very low in carbohydrates.

Over a six year period Denene has become an expert in the arena of baking with alternative flours.  She has created and perfected products that provide diabetics and celiac patients with a delicious alternative to conventional bakery goods.

Pretty impressive credentials, right?

Now, on to the cookbook!

“The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking” is a “must-have” cookbook for anyone who is sensitive to gluten, diabetic, or needs to reduce carbs to prevent illness or lose weight.  The recipes in this book can also easily be made vegan by following the dairy and egg substitution guidelines.

These recipes are easy to follow and use readily available nut and seed flours and alternative and natural sweeteners.  This is a beautiful cookbook, with beautiful photos by Leo Gong.

Do these pancakes look gluten-free and sugar-free to you?  They just look delicious to me!

This is the FIRST recipe I’m trying!!!  Yum!

Just a few of the great recipes in this book are:

  • Italian Herb Bread
  • Cranberry Scones
  • Strawberry-Coconut Muffins
  • Cinnamon-Raisin Coffee Cake
  • Pumpkin Pie (which is really great for the upcoming holidays!)
  • Pecan Sandies
  • Apple Crumble Pie


You can purchase “The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking” right from The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking website at a discounted price!  ($16.98)

It may also be purchased at Barnes&Noble

or Amazon.

I am also very happy to be able to offer a free copy to one lucky reader!


To enter this giveaway, PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW.

You may garner an additional entry by Liking  The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking  on Facebook.



This giveaway will run from today (Wednesday, November 7, 2012) until  Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 5pm Pacific Time.


The winner will be notified via email.


Good luck!