Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Review and Give-Away: The Divvies Bakery Cookbook

Update: Congratulations to the winner of this give away, "chromiumman," who has been notified by email.

As regular readers of Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile may know, our little bookworm has a host of food allergies (including, among others, egg, milk, wheat, and nuts).  I was excited to receive a copy of a new allergy-friendly cookbook this month, and for the chance to not only review it, but to provide a give-away copy to one of our readers!

The Divvies Bakery Cookbook: No Nuts. No Eggs. No Dairy. Just Delicious!  The Divvies Bakery Cookbook: No Nuts. No Eggs. No Dairy. Just Delicious!

For those who are not aware, Divvies is a dedicated milk, egg, treenut and peanut-free company  started by Lori Sandler, mom to an allergy-ridden son.  Honestly, we have not tried any Divvies products because of my son's wheat allergy, but I have read about the company often in allergy circles, and was eager to learn more.




The Divvies Bakery Cookbook contains over 75 nut-, egg-, and dairy-free recipes.  I love that the book divides them into categories such as "Sweets That Make the Schoolhouse Rock" (with plenty of bakesale suggestions) and "It's Your Party!" (with great birthday ideas).  This is clearly written by an allergy mom!



I have tried one recipe so far -- just one, but I have tried it three times.  Not because it didn't work out well, but because it was so delicious that we kept needing more of it!  In the book, the recipe is called "Fruity Frozen Slushies."  The idea is to make a wonderful slushie mixture with fresh fruit (and few other ingredients), freeze them, and bring them along on picnics as a slushie, as it will melt a bit on the way.

We call it homemade berry gelato or sorbetto around here, though, and eat it right out of the freezer - sometimes even in cute little cups like in this photo.  We recently discovered a gourmet gelato shop nearby that serves a few dairy-free sorbetto flavors.  My son loves going there, and hasn't had any issues, but as with any shop, there is always a risk of cross contamination.  I cringe when I look at all of the pistachios and hazelnuts decoratively topping the nearby gelato flavors in the case.  This allows me to make him a treat that is truly just as good, far cheaper, and likely much healthier.  Not to mention getting to work on our stockpile of frozen raspberries from our garden.

I love the organization of the book, variety of recipes, clear instructions, and the beautiful photographs.

Peeves?  Just two minor things ...

Since we deal with a wheat allergy, many of the recipes are currently off limits to us, unless we modify them and do some experimentation (or, the Bibliophile outgrows his wheat allergy, which I hope will happen soon!).  That's not a peeve, of course, but it would have been great if the book somehow denoted which recipes were gluten free in the index, maybe with asterisks or just a separate list.  There are blank pages in the back, though, so we can just make our own list back there.

I was excited to try the fudge recipe below, which I received permission to share with readers.  Edited to Add: I originally posted a concern here about possible nut cross contamination with the Silk brand creamer.  I was able to talk to the company today, and received great information that eliminated my concerns.  If you are worried about nut cross contamination with any Silk products, call the number on the carton, and they will explain how to tell if an individual product was produced in a facility with nuts (by giving you a code to check for on each carton). 

Here is the Fudge recipe from the book.  If you get the chance to try it before I do, I'd love to hear how you like it.



Win a Copy!

The publisher has generously offered to provide a copy of the Divvies Bakery Cookbook to one lucky reader.  To win:

1) Leave a comment here saying why you would like to win this book.  Make sure to leave your email address in your comment if it isn't in your profile, so I have a way to contact the winner.

2) Follow Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile or Crazy Allergy Mama and leave a separate comment letting me know.

3) Facebook or twitter about this give-away and leave a separate comment letting me know.

That's three entries per person.  Prize may ship only to U.S. or Canadian addresses.  Deadline is one week from today - July 28, 2010 at midnight EST.  Good luck!

Update: Congratulations to the winner of this give away, "chromiumman," who has been notified by email. 


Disclosure: We were provided with a copy of the Divvies Bakery Cookbook in order to write this review.  If you click on any of the links above and purchase anything, we may receive a small commission through our affiliate relationship with Amazon.com.

24 comments:

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

ith so many allergies and such in the house I would love this mrs.mommyyatgmail

Denise S. said...

I'd love to win this book!
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Rebekah said...

This fall my son starts pre-school and I need allergy friendly recipes for my days to bring in snack!

Lisa said...

I would love to win this book because I love to bake for other people.

Amber said...

I would love to win this because my son has severe food allergies and this might help give me cooking ideas.
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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slb3334 said...

we have a lot of allergies in our house.

chromiumman said...

i'd love this as my nephew has food allergies

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Renee G said...

I'd love to have this cookbook because 1 I love cookbooks, 2 I love to cook & 3 when cooking for my niece/nephew they have numerous food allergies.
rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOt)com

Louis said...

I love the recipes - always on the look for something new to try

Louis said...

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Anonymous said...

I would like to become a better baker!

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Hotsnotty2 said...

I love trying out new recipes for people, thanks for the chance!

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Rachel said...

I'd love to win because several of my friends have allergies and I'd like to make treats they can eat.

rah267 said...

crazyred61 at yahoo.com
I would love to win this cookbook because I am allergic to cows milk. I have been since I was little.I would love to be able to learn these recipes for me and my family. Thank you for the chance to win

missrantsypants said...

I love to bake!!!




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Gianna said...

I would love this! I got a box of their cupcakes once and they were the best. I want to make them myself :)

Chrystal said...

I want to win because I would love to try some new recipes.

chrystaljns @ gmail dot com

Chrystal said...

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FDP 4 Life said...

i would like to win this book
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faithfullyfrugal said...

I am always looking for ways to enjoy sweets and goodies but in a healthier way....I would love to try this book!

Thank you for the entry,

Nikki
nikkidavissells(at)gmail(dot)com

faithfullyfrugal said...

I am a GFC public follower, Nikki Davis.

Thank you,

Nikki
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faithfullyfrugal said...

I am a GFC public follower of Crazy Allergy Mama, Nikki Davis.

Thank you,

Nikki
nikkidavissells(at)gmail(dot)com

Heather said...

I'm experimenting with some diet items, so this would be a great addition to my recipe library.