Review: Gluten-Free Vegan Bread Cookbook by Jennifer Katzinger (And A Free Giveaway!)

gluten free vegan bread cookbook review

Over the last 6 months I’ve purchase quite a few cookbooks, scoured tons of recipes on the Internet and have made many, many loafs of gluten free bread.

Why have I done this?

I am searching for bread.

Gluten free bread.

I know I will never make a loaf of gluten free bread that is exactly as the big loafs of bread I used to make for my family, but close would be nice.

Did you know my recipe for the best Gluten-Free Homemade Bread is actually one of the most popular on my blog?

Is this too much to ask?

Well, it has seemed that way in some of the many loafs of bread I’ve baked. It is amazing to me what people can post as a recipe. I’m a fairly good baker and can follow instructions easily but there have been many loafs after baking that have been thrown away.

Does it make me angry?

It does because gluten free flours are costly.

But it truly is something I’ve been wanting to find and share for you all.

(My mission with Wheat Free Mom is to provide you guys with the best resource for your gluten-free lifestyle possible… and that includes having easy-to-follow instructions. Is there something I could be doing better for you guys to make it easier? Let me know here. Also remember: our Facebook community is VERY active and I answer a lot of extra questions on there, so make sure you join us.)

I’ve continued trying recipes, even though at times I’ve been frustrated, but I really wanted to share a great cookbook with you.

On Twitter one morning in December I saw a picture of Jennifer Katzinger’s latest cookbook: “Gluten-Free & Vegan Bread Cookbook” and that had me running to Chapters to pick up.

A Gluten-Free & Vegan Bread cookbook?

I had to have it now.

The first thing I made was the Mother Wild Starter. I’ve made sourdough starter before, but this recipe uses teff flour, purple cabbage leaves and apple skin.

Personally I have never made a starter this way, but was happy to see that she uses grains which have higher fiber content as well as more nutrients than just regular white rice flour.

I then decided to make Country Batard. This recipe allows you to free form the dough, and that excited me to bake the bread on my pizza stone.

One of the best parts of the recipe was the experience of playing with the dough. It brought me back to pre-celiac days of playing with bread dough.

I enjoyed this loaf of bread, it had a nice crusty shell and great flavour. I would definitely make this loaf when serving a big bowl of soup. It would be great to serve hot out of the oven when you are entertaining.

measuring cups

gluten-free vegan bread dough

gluten-free vegan bread dough

gluten-free vegan bread with knife

After allowing the Mother Wild Starter to “grow and feed” for 48 hours, I then made a Sourdough Baton loaf. I have to say that I really liked the use of teff flour. It lends itself to a rich and warm aroma in the house.

This was not a large loaf of bread and it was fairly dense in texture, but I still enjoyed this loaf. It resembles an artisanal bread.

After good success with these 2 loaves I decided to try a batter bread. The breads require no yeast or rising agent and other than allowing the necessary 2 day process, it is an easy loaf to make.

The combination of cornmeal, teff and buckwheat flour plus molasses interested me so I made the Buckwheat Batter bread. The only change I made to the recipe was adding an additional cup of flour to the batter the next day. I found the dough to be too dry, especially with our altitude in Calgary.

The batter bread rose nicely in the oven and filled the house with the sweet smell of molasses.

I was excited to try this bread, but have to be truthful in saying, this loaf was not for me. It was too chalky and lacked flavour. I think I will make this bread again, but will add nuts and seeds to batter as well as more sweetener.

gluten-free vegan bread

gluten-free vegan bread

I would highly recommend this cookbook if you are looking to use more whole grain gluten free flours, no eggs or butter, plus making wholesome artisanal breads.

Jennifer Katzinger has written other gluten free vegan cookbooks and I’ve enjoyed trying out her other recipes. A couple of years ago I also had the opportunity to try her bakery in Seattle called the Flying Apron Bakery. She’s no longer the owner of the bakery but it is a great place to visit for gluten free & vegan baked goods if you’re ever in Seattle.

As a thank you to you, my readers, I’ve decided to give away a copy of this cookbook. It is always in my kitchen and I want to share one with a lucky winner.

Update: Contest now over. Congratulations to Mary Campbell for winning! Make sure you subscribe to our blog to have a chance to enter the next contest.

So, how do you win a copy?

In the comments below, tell me what your favourite Wheat Free Mom recipe is.

Bonus points: Click the “Pin It” button below to share this post on Pinterest.

Make sure to tell your friends about this contest. If they win, maybe they will share the book with you!

Contest will run until January 13th, 2013. The winner will be drawn by random and announced on January 14th, 2013.

Good luck and happy baking!

101 comments add yours

  1. Very excited to tell you that our favorite of your recipes are the breads, but most specifically the Homemade GF Bread with the rice flour. Its taste and texture is similar to the store bought wheat breads and no one can tell the difference between GF or not!! My daughter enjoys it better and loves taking it as sandwiches to work!! Thanks so much, you are giving us so much advice with all your recipe postings…you are an angel actually 🙂 …..teaching us that being GF is much easier to work into our lifestyle and certainly healthier!

  2. I just discovered you before Christmas, I can’t figure out why it took me so long!! I’ve had a busy month do the only one I have had time to try is the Millionaire square, but I have a lot on my list. Thank you do much for all the info. You have quickly become a go to site!!!!

  3. I love a lot of your recipes and tips! But the one I make most often is your gf muffins! Love them! Thanks for sharing all your knowledge! I would love to make a loaf of GF bread that has a texture and taste like homemade wheat bread! Maybe this cook book will be the answer. I haven’t tried the bread recipe you recently posted but will try soon! Thanks so much!

  4. My absolute favorite recipe is your Meyer lemon Curd & Lemon squares!! I made 3 batches of curd this year to give as gifts and I used the base from the squares to convert many non gf recipes to gf! I have not ventured to making bread yet…
    I love your site and info – keep up the good work!!

  5. I love every recipe that you put on, I couldn’t decide which would b my favourite.
    All I can say is that it has given me inspiration on my new journey being diagnosed with ceoliacs. Thank you x

  6. I just discovered your site a few days ago so I am excited to try your recipes. Thank you for all the great information.

  7. I really like the look of your GF salted peanut butter cups! Haven’t tried them yet, as I only recently discovered you, but I am looking forward to trying your recipes and following your blog, especially since I am also in Alberta!

  8. I have only recently found your site but am so excited to find a site that is Canadian based and therefore the recipes will most likely contain ingredients readily available in Canada too. Keep up the good work.

  9. I haven’t had the pleasure of baking one of your recipes yet but all of the food on your blog/Facebook page looks fabulous. This is why I need this book – so I can enjoy a slice of fresh warm bread again!

  10. I love the whipped shortbread recipe! It was my fave holiday treat!

  11. I am new to Wheat free Mom but I did try the no bake gluten free rocky road bars…. they’re awesome & easy… to great thing.
    I have never tried baking Gluten Free bread but I would like to try and this new recipe book would be a enormous help

  12. My favorite is the Gluten Free Black Bean & Chickpea Lime Salad

  13. I am new to your recipes, so I haven’t had a chance to try any yet, but want to!
    I would love to win this book. :^)

  14. The “quinoa chocolate cake” is to die for! the best chocolate cake ever! yummmmm. The recipes that are in the book have all been good that I’ve tried, the rest that I’ve read sound just as good! I’ll find out as we move through the new year. Thank-you “Wheat Free Mom” for sharing so much of yourself to us all. I’ve shared you with so many of my friends.

  15. I just recently joined with this site. Just in time for the Chocolate Mint Cookies. I would love to have the bread book because I am desperate for some good home made bread.

  16. Hands down… no question… your gluten-free whipped shortbread was a H*U*G*E hit in our house this past holiday season! I made my first batch in early December and then made a double batch just before Christmas (so there would be some for dessert!). AMAZINGLY YUMMY!!

  17. I absolutely love the Peanut butter cups as does my fiance. We are peanut butter finatics and can’t get enough and the best thing to go with peanut butter is chocolate. Need I say more.

  18. Enjoy your web site. Your GF Japanese Milk
    Bread is the best bread I have made to date.
    I find bread and pie crust the hardest to equal
    Bread and pie crust made with wheat flour.
    Keep up the good work.

  19. salted peanut butter cups. Just joined you recently, but looking at all the favorites listed below, I’ll have to look up your old blogs to find these recipies, they sound great!

  20. I met you a year ago when u visited a hotel I work at. I went home that night and signed I to your site and have been pleased ever since. Thank you for all the recipes you share. Happy New Years!

  21. I just found you! So far I have only made the Rocky Road Bars. They were amazing! My whole family loved them. I actually never had enough dark chocolate so I used 1/2 maple chips (from Epicure) and 1/2 dark and they were awesome! Looking forward to trying just dark chocolate next time. Thanks so much for all your news and your amazing recipes! Happy NewYear!

  22. I love the apricot granola. I gave my mother a pan full. She called and wanted the recipe. Everyone really likes it.
    Looking forward to many more recipes!

  23. Thank you for your blog. I just recently discovered your wonderful recipes. I was diagnosed as a late onset Celiac 12 years ago. There are more options available now than back then however your search for the perfect GF bread has provided for several wonderful recipes to satisfy the craving for a slice of freshly baked homemade bread. As baked goods are the most challenging comfort foods to create for the gluten free diet your recipes are a breath of fresh air – and I must say here in Saskatchewan it is very fresh right now. Thank you for sharing. I like that you are not only an excellent cook but your are adventurous to create layers of flavour for the enjoyment of even those who do not need to follow a GF diet. Keep it up.

  24. My fav recipe is for the gluten free peanut butter cupcakes! The icing is so amazing I can eat it on its own. This was the first recipe for gluten free baking that I made from scratch, it was so good. I brought some to the ambulace station that my husband works at and his co workers did not believe they were gluten free! I have even made this recipe into filled cake balls. I froze little piles of the filling and wrapped the cake ball around it then dunked them in chocolate. Mmmm.
    Thanks for the great recipes!

  25. I am recently diagnosed, your recipes are a great inspiration. The chocolate quinoa cake is the best. Am still looking for a good tasting loaf of bread.

  26. My husband was recently diagnosed with a gluten allergy (not celiac). I have been struggling to find great baking recipes that are vegan and now GF. I am glad I found your site and can’t wait to try some of your spaghetti squash recipes. The barbeque one looks like something the whole family would love!

  27. Thank you for this amazing and generous idea! I totally love the quinoa chocolate cake. Yum yum. I just popped by the website because I need the recipe for my husband’s birthday next week.

  28. I joined the gluten-free group about 3 months ago and it’s been a life saver. I ‘ve tried many recipes but the one I love the best is the Ginger Cake. It’s soooo tasty.
    Thanks for your tips!

  29. I am brand new to eating wheat free… 3 days new! It is very exciting due to I have Crohns disease so I am making ALOT of changes! I also have been vegetarian for many years. So I am looking for any tips and recipes for my new lifestyle! Thank you. I love your website and I am excited to try some recipes!

  30. I have only started on your receipes before christmas so I’m still new at all this.but i have done, but I did the blueberry muffins and also pie pastry which I was very happy with. Thankyou

  31. I enjoy your website emencely. You have made my life so much easier and I have passed your website on to others. You should be very proud of yourself for making so many other lives and health easier and much better. Thank you! The G.F. bread recipe with rice flour is my favorite.
    Kathilyn Anderson

  32. Can’t wait to try your dark chocolate donuts. I sometimes make them with a little donut appliance for my son, who can’t tolerate gluten, dairy, eggs or nuts. Having the cookbook you reviewed will be great, because I’ve found only one bread in the store that has NONE of the things he’s allergic to. And that bread is awful!

  33. Loved the whipped shortbread and lemon square recipes, my son and grandson
    thank you because since both being diagnosed with celiac recently it is a challenge finding recipes they like.

  34. I really love the gf pumpkin kids (who aren’t gf) even like them!!

  35. I truly love the peanut butter cups is my favorite but I love all your recipe

  36. Wheat-free shortbread! My favorite at Christmas time, so a wheat-free option is good to have so you don’t feel deprived of the special treats.

  37. Just found your site today from a close friend! Too late to try any recipes but I have experimented a lot myself and had some success with wheat free oatmeal cookies and great shortbread… I am totally wheat intolerant not celiac so I can use barley flour. I am supper excited to try your bread recipes.

  38. Our goal for 2013 is to go completely gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free. This represents HUGE change, but I’m sure it will help alleviate the many health issues faced in our family.
    I only found your site last week, and I’ve already marked many of your recipes. In particular, I am interested in your Gluten Free No-bake Peanut Butter Balls.
    I’m sure I’ll have more faves as I try them!!
    Thanks for this blog and for reviewing this recipe book, as I’ve considered buying it!

  39. I just found your blog so I don’t have a favorite recipe…yet! I can’t wait to try them though.
    I’ve heard some good things about this cookbook. It’s nice to see pictures to go along with the reviews. 🙂

  40. I’ve only been a gluten free vegan a short time. I am gluten
    and dairy sensitive. Finding bread has been hard. Your
    site has greatly helped with that.

  41. I love the Vegan Gluten Free Spicy White Bean Dip!

  42. when you combined my 2 favourites, you created the ultimate healthy dessert: quinoa chocolate cake, by far!!!

  43. My fave is your Gluten Free Vegan Chickpea Burger…yummmza!

  44. As a newbie, I am really missing bread in my diet and would love to be able to make a nice loaf her e at home. Gluten free homemade bread is my favourite.

  45. I have only just signed up…..and did so as I was searching for a gluten free bread and one that could be made in a bread making machine. But I just saw the recipe for GF Granola, and am certainly wanting to give that one a try!

  46. I, too, have been searching for an easy,yet tasty bread recipe. If, I can use my bread machine great, if not, no worries.

    I have been enjoying you recipes and share them and your blog whenever possible.

  47. I just joined your blog so I haven’t tried a recipe yet. I am looking for a good bread recipe and I am going to check out your popular bread recipe mentioned above. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  48. Fave Recipe – Quinoa Pizza and Gluten-Free Breads. Thanks !

  49. I am a aunt of two little girls 4 & 6, they loved your chocolate cookies also gluten free bread is very much enjoyed in their diets. Thanks for all your efforts with these recipies.

  50. Hi Carrie! Your stuffed spaghetti squash recipe introduced my kids to the world of squash with no whining or complaining, so that will always be my favorite recipe.
    Thanks for all of your great recipes!

  51. Have yet to try as just starting my journey to wheat-free lifestyle. Do look forward to trying your recipes.

  52. I have tried a lot of your recipees and have enjoyed them all. The Chocolate chip cookies are a bit hit. Thank you

  53. I haven’t tried any of your recipes…yet!
    I somehow rarely use recipes and am afraid to waste ingredients, but mostly I’m just a lazy vegan&oat free, mostly gluten free girl, I want to win the book to get inspiration to bake 🙂

  54. The Gluten Free Vegan Chickpea Burgers are my favorite.

  55. I just ran across your site from a “pin”. i have not yet had a chance to view any recipes. I am new to the vegan world and i love it. I want healthier eat for my whole family but they are starting to imquire and try a few things. This cookbook sure would help! Thanks for the chance at this cookbook

  56. So far my favorite recipe has been the Gluten-free Oatmeal Quinoa Raisen Cookies, absolutely delicious!

  57. My daughter has a very rare auto immune disease that I have taken a way gluten from her diet. She is in remission! Mostly she misses bread! If I could make her delicious bread she would love it when I made gluten free brownies she was in heaven

  58. I haven’t gotten a chance to try a recipe yet, but I can’t wait to try the bbq spaghetti squash! 🙂

  59. This is new for me it as been only a fewe months that I started eating gluten free
    for now it is your gluten free bread that I find delicious but I must try more of your recipies
    I thank you!

  60. My celiac daughter loves the buckwheat puff squares! I love to be able to make her treats that she feels like she is missing out on.

  61. I don’t do much gluten free baking, as I also try to eat low-carb, but do need gluten-free bread under my eggs, and like a sweet treat once in a while, so gluten-free bread is my favourite.

  62. Quinoa chocolate cake! Yum! I’m from Olds, AB and I love reading about local restaurants and sources for Gluten Free supplies available in Alberta — you’re a great resource for me! Thank you!

  63. I haven’t had a chance to try a recipe yet, but they all look delicious!

  64. I love the millionaire squares. And just before the chocolate topping is set I sprinkle a little bit of rock salt on it. That way I got a bit of sweet ‘n salty. Yum. Delish recipe. Thank you for the recipes.

  65. I have been experimenting with wheat free recipes but just tried one of your today and it turned out just great. It was the gluten free brown sugar pecan loaf. Delicious and it’s one of the first times the gluten free baking has actually turned out “normal” Thanks. Hope to win the recipe book!!

  66. The quinoa raisin cookies :). and I’m looking forward to making the date bars with brazil nuts.

  67. My favorite recipe so far is the gluten free dark chocolate fudge.

  68. I loved your Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Sheet Cake…perfect desert for the holidays!

  69. Love the vegan eggplant lasagna in a jar. I especially love the single serve option – I used ramekins instead of jars and it turned out great. thank you!

  70. I love the gluten free bread recipes. There are so many good recipes on your site but I think the bread was the most challenging for me.

  71. Thanks everybody for the kind words and comments! I will be announcing another giveaway next week! Make sure you’re subscribed to the blog so you get access to that one too!

    You’re all amazing, thank you! 🙂

  72. Hi Carrie,

    I found your blog and review after getting this cookbook as a gift and trying a couple of the recipes, both the Country Bread and the Light Teff Loaf, and the results have been pretty disappointing–gummy in the middle, very heavy, and the Country Bread did not shape well and the crust was far too hard and thick. My previous go-to recipe for GF bread rose for an hour before baking, and I wonder if only allowing oven rise is the problem. But do you have any thoughts about how to make these recipes work better? I wish I could contact the author directly, but I haven’t found a way.

  73. Carrie, the book sounds very interesting, but does she use oats in her recipes?

    On a separate note, another gal and I in Grande Prairie, Alberta, have written a Guide for Gluten Free Living, which is full of infomation about Celiac and has an expanding list of recipes. We have made it available as a service. It is a free PDF of approximately 112 pages. Interested individuals can request a free copy in an e-mail to Feedback would be welcome. Kind regards, Elke, Founder Celiacs on Track, Grande Prairie

  74. Hiya! Quick question that’s entirely off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My site looks weird when viewing from my iphone4. I’m
    trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to correct this issue.
    If you have any recommendations, please share.


  75. Heya are using WordPress for your blog platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and set up
    my own. Do you require any html coding knowledge to make your
    own blog? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  76. bought almost 200 dollars of flours and ingredients to start making these recipes..I start with Date Oat pg 153…easy to make, take a bite of finished product..GRITTY..troubleshoot online and teff flour can cause this if it’s used in more than 25% of the flour in the product. I was 2/3 of the flour for this recipe. Now I need to double check all recipes..ughh..I will wash it down with my coffee…

  77. Iranian Barbari Flatbread, Awesome, easy to make, pg 117 making it again soon! thank you!

  78. Hi Carrie, have you tried light hulled buckwheat flour? It’s very mild in flavor and makes a nice soft loaf of bread. I use about 25-30% of this flour in my breads. It’s delicious and is the closest I’ve come to wheat bread flavor.

  79. I love your blog, cookbook and all your recipes. Thank you so much. You made my life easier.

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