Gluten free book review: Crave bakery gluten free cookbook
Thanks to The Gluten Free Chef for his review of our new Crave Bakery Gluten Free Cookbook! He is extremely thorough! He will also be making a recipe from our book in his next blog post.
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Originally posted on the gluten free chef:
I first learned about Cameo Edwards, CEO and Head Baker of Crave Bakery in San Francisco from a personal message on Twitter. Fast forward to today and I feel like we were separated at birth. Her story of overcoming the challenges of being gluten intolerant, taking a chance, and opening up a bakery on a wing, hope, and a prayer directly mirrors my experiences over the last few years. It is truly uncanny how much we both have in common; down to the fact that I am wrapping up my first soon to be released cookbook. Crave Gluten Free Cookbook is also her first ever cookbook; written to commemorate the 10th anniversary of her Crave Bakery.
After a few technical glitches and a lot of impatience (on my end) I eagerly began to consume this e-book that I had been craving for (pun intended) since interacting with Cameo. From the very first peek of this e-book, it was immediately clear to me that this book is masterfully designed, created and edited for the e-reader platform. As an avid reader, just now jumping onto the Kindle and e-pub bandwagon after years of relunctance; I can’t tell you how many e-books I have bought only to be disappointed by a clunky interface and e-reader challenges that made me wish I had stuck with the hard copy. Such is not the case with Crave Gluten Free cookbook. The easy to read bold text set to a clean white background is a breeze to read no matter how big or small your screen. Cameo includes links and liner notes that open up in secondary windows so that you never leave your place within the book. The reader can jump back and forth between pages and contents without tabbing through multiple screens. This is how you create an e-cookbook.
Another feature that I am impressed with, is the layout of the chapters and organization of the contents. Recipes are grouped by type cakes and cupcakes, frosting, brownies and cookies, tarts etc. But she also provides a base recipe for each group with multiple variations stemming from that base recipe. This allows the baker ample room to play around with the recipes should they choose to. In fact, customization and tweaking are encouraged throughout the many recipes that are provided. Another facet that I love, is that each recipe has a tools list telling the baker/reader what utensils and equipment are needed to create that recipe. How functional! I thought this was a savvy feature to help novice and inexperienced bakers prepare and setup their station before they tackle their chosen confection.