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For any of you who follow me or have, at the least, had a conversation with me on reading, you KNOW how obsessed I am with cookbooks - I read and review a lot of 'em. Let me give you a little bit on my background: I grew up with a mother who loved to cook and, for most of my young life, owned a catering company and was a cake designer. She collected cookbooks and I began flipping through the pages before I could even read, then moved on to reading the things the author included with their recipes (my favorite has always been the introductions to each recipe). I took some cake decorating classes with my sister when my nieces were really young (we had so much fun) and I often helped my mom out with the business (baking the cakes, making the icing, preparing the fondant, etc). I went to school for Culinary Arts and would eventually like to have my own bakery. Before I moved here to San Antonio, I had my own cake business. I may not be doing it on a professional basis like I would liked to be, but I still do the occasional baking (it is something that makes me happy and actually calms me) and am always reading and learning more.
This book was a great find. I love sweets, but know that a lot of people have issues with gluten (and, after becoming a vegetarian several years ago, found that with all the healthy eating I was doing, when I ate things like bread, pasta and rice, the gluten in them effected me in a not very nice way). The pictures in this book are beautiful, the sweets look delicious. The authors include lots of information in the book - not just gluten-free recipes, but ways that you can adapt the recipe if you're, say, vegan. There are even "lessons" on decorating and presentation. I tried a few of the recipes included and the results were delicious. If you love to bake and are either trying the gluten-free lifestyle or are already living one, I would definitely suggest getting this book for your bookshelf.