For those of you in the gluten-free community, you may remember Crave bakery. If you hadn’t heard of them, they were the first gluten-free bakery in the Bay Area and also known for using locally sourced ingredients. In addition to being gluten-free, all of their baked goods were allergy-friendly and also sold at places like Rainbow Co-op that sell specialty (and food allergy friendly) products.
Owner Cameo Edwards (and Celiac sufferer) decided to close Crave’s doors in late 2012 — but not to leave the gluten-free and food allergy baking community. One of her projects has been creating a cookbook that became available in honor of Crave Bakery’s 10th anniversary of opening its doors. It’s an e-book for the iPad and Kindle. It’s packed with many of Crave and Cameo’s fans’ favorite baked goods as well as many other new delicious and tempting recipes. Her introduction is especially poignant and details her path to finding out (eventually) that she had Celiac disease. It also explains why she thoughtfully chose to bake her goods excluding other common allergens like dairy and soy.
The Crave cookbook is a must have for anyone who suffers or cares for someone with food allergies or gluten intolerance. The recipes are perfect for holidays, celebrations, rainy weekends, or just because. Broken down into chapters, her baked goods recipes are neatly organized by levels of experience, and the pictures are scrumptious. Excluded allergens are listed clearly atop each recipe. She also adds thoughtful tips throughout the book (as well in the beginning) to help you with your baking and organization; super helpful if you’re like me — not an expert baker but I love to experiment, no holds barred!
Some recipes that stood out and I’ve noted to make in the coming months are: Monster cookie, “oatmeal” raisin cookies, pumpkin and lemon tarts (to impress my relatives at Thanksgiving!), and her summer strawberry muffins … before all those beautiful organic strawberries at the farmers markets disappear.
Do you own the Crave cookbook or any other gluten-free cookbooks? Please let us know, and tell us what you think, in the comments below or on our Facebook page! Eat safe and shop safe.