Gluten Free Canteen’s Book of Nosh: Baking for Jewish Holidays & More Cookbook Review and Giveaway

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Gluten Free Canteen Book of Nosh: Baking for the Jewish Holidays and More

If I recall correctly, I believe that I discovered Lisa Stander-Horel’s blog Gluten Free Canteen a little over a year ago. Well, actually it’s her and her husband’s blog. Lisa bakes amazing recipes and Tim skillfully takes photographs of her baked goods to ensure you see just how amazing they are. They are a delightful dynamic duo for those of us who eat gluten free!

I distinctly remember being dazzled by Lisa’s holiday baking creations when I discovered Gluten Free Canteen. But once the holidays were over, her amazing baking creations did not cease. Gluten Free Canteen’s focus shifted to other holidays and “every day” sweet treats, but I continued to be dazzled nonetheless. When I saw that Lisa and her husband had published a cookbook, I got excited. And it turns out that was very much the appropriate response because my excitement was validated once I had Lisa and Tim’s cookbook in my hands. As one description said, Gluten-Free Canteen’s Book of Nosh: Baking for the Jewish Holidays & More’s “more than 30 tasty and texture-perfect tested recipes ensure no more double-duty baking of both regular and gluten-free desserts in your holiday kitchen. Even Bubbe would be impressed — that alone makes holiday baking a mitzvah!” Although I’m not Jewish, I very much appreciate the diversity of recipes in this cookbook and am certain that recipes like Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies, Flourless Chocolate Orange Cookies (you know how I love flourless recipes), Honey Cake, and much more will make everyone happy!

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Here’s a wonderful interview with Lisa that tells a bit of her history and the evolution of her gluten-free baking. In another interview with BlogHer’s GenieGratto, Lisa told how she was inspired to write Gluten-Free Canteen’s Book of Nosh: Baking for the Jewish Holidays & More. Lisa was asked if there was a particular holiday experience that had inspired her to write her cookbook. She responded that growing up in a Jewish home, she was accustomed to seeing her mother making special recipes for all the holidays. She wanted to carry on the traditions, but with gluten-free versions. She developed those recipes over time despite the fact that her mother never wrote down any of her recipes. Lisa stated that she and her husband began “posting some of those recipes on their blog for Rosh Hashanah and then Passover, and the reception we received was heartwarming, which inspired us to write the book.”

In that interview and elsewhere, Lisa has also shared a beautiful quote from her “little brother,” Rabbi Seth Stander: “Traditional Jewish baking invites us to lovingly recall the daily lives and passions of our noshing ancestors.”

Here are photos of two recipes of Lisa’s that I’ve featured over at All Gluten-Free Desserts … All the Time.

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Gluten-Free Apple Pumpkin Crostata from Gluten Free Canteen

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Chocolate-Dipped Chocolate Espresso Donuts from Gluten Free Canteen

And here are two of Lisa’s recent fabulous holiday recipes:

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Gluten-Free Peppermint Bark Cookies from Gluten Free Canteen

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Holiday Moravian Spice Cookies from Gluten Free Canteen

One recipe that’s in Lisa and Tim’s cookbook—and is also on their blog—is Coconut Chocolate Chip Macaroons. I’ve featured it here at All Gluten-Free Desserts … All the Time.

UPDATE:  This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to all who entered and congratulations to Emily! Emily’s comment (selected by random) is shown below:

“I’m not Jewish, but rugelach is one of my favorite foods! I’d love to try it!”

Lisa is giving one gfe reader a signed copy of Gluten-Free Canteen’s Book of Nosh: Baking for the Jewish Holidays & More.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment sharing your favorite Jewish recipe. If you don’t have one, take a peek at the Table of Contents in Gluten-Free Canteen’s Book of Nosh here and choose one that you’d like to make!

This giveaway ends Wednesday, December 26, at midnight EST.


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31 Responses to “Gluten Free Canteen’s Book of Nosh: Baking for Jewish Holidays & More Cookbook Review and Giveaway”

  1. Jasmine1485 on December 22nd, 2012 1:43 am

    I’ve never cooked Jewish food before, but I’d love to try the Potato Latkes. :) They sound delicious!

  2. Casandra F. on December 22nd, 2012 1:45 am

    I’d like to try several but Honey Cake would be first.

  3. nosogirl on December 22nd, 2012 2:24 am

    I’d go for the raisin pecan rugelach – sounds yummy!

  4. Jessica Dennis on December 22nd, 2012 11:30 am

    This is my favorite gluten free Noodle Kugel Recipe:
    8 ounces wide noodles
    4 ounces butter, melted
    6 eggs
    1 cup sour cream
    1 cup cottage cheese
    ½ cup sugar
    ½ cup milk

    2 cups frosted sensible beginnings cereal
    2 cups brown sugar
    ½ cup butter, melted

    1. Cook noodles in boiling salted water
    2. drain + add butter , set aside
    3. beat together eggs, sour cream, cottage cheese, sugar and milk
    4. add mixture to noodles
    5. pour into buttered 8X12 inch baking dish
    6. mix together topping ingredients
    7. sprinkle over kugel
    8. bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour

  5. Emily on December 22nd, 2012 1:22 pm

    I’m not Jewish, but rugelach is one of my favorite foods! I’d love to try it!

    • Emily on December 27th, 2012 11:55 am

      So glad I won! Thank you for hosting:)

      • Shirley on December 27th, 2012 4:23 pm

        Yay! Congrats again, Emily! I can’t wait to send this out to you when I return from vacation. I know you’ll really enjoy it! :-)


  6. Cheryl Harris on December 22nd, 2012 2:15 pm

    wow. I do miss traditional jewish foods so this looks like one I should check out!

  7. April on December 22nd, 2012 4:46 pm

    I’ve actually never cooked a jewish dessert before… but I’d love to try one! Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Janis S on December 22nd, 2012 5:05 pm

    Yeah! A gf Jewish cookbook. I really need this so I can make yummy Jewish desserts. My absolute favorite is mandel bread, like on the cover of the book. My Mom’s recipe is the best, but it uses regular flour. Would love to be able to make madel bread gluten free.

  9. Arleen on December 22nd, 2012 7:35 pm

    I would so love to try the GF Moravian Spice Cookies! Like Lisa, they were a favorite of mine, too!

  10. Bina on December 22nd, 2012 10:00 pm

    I would love to try any dessert recipe! I’m Jewish and just celebrated my 7th year celiac diagnosis anniversary :) Always feel limited when it comes to kosher and gluten free!

  11. Randi on December 22nd, 2012 10:36 pm

    I have tried the mandel bread from the website below and it was delicious:

    However, I am still looking for a great challah recipe. I see that this book has several.

  12. Denise m on December 23rd, 2012 1:32 am

    my fave Jewish recipe is hamentachen

  13. Erica W on December 23rd, 2012 1:40 am

    I’d love to try many of them, but the flourless chocolate orange cookies caught my attention first!

  14. Karol on December 23rd, 2012 2:42 am

    I would really like to try the honey cake. That sounds wonderful.

  15. Kat - LA Blogger Gal on December 23rd, 2012 4:39 am

    Well, it wasn’t “Jewish food” in my house, but latkes (and pickled tomatoes – not at the same time) were definitely on our menu as Hungarians. I haven’t tried making them since my grandmother passed 20+ years ago. I sure to miss them. The ones I can get in our local Jewish delis are not the same.

  16. Sharon Baridon on December 23rd, 2012 12:00 pm

    Oh Shirley!!! This book looks amazing!!! We just moved from Tucson to Sedona so I am catching up…..emails, Christmas cards, sleep, etc! Anyhow, I was so excited to see this cookbook! I have a couple of Jewish friends, one GF, but they all love when I use them as my taste testers! We missed a friend’s Hannakak party, I celebrated in their honor the night of the party. Made my first Honey Cake…..oh MY!!! My husband LOVED it!!! And that’s saying something! I grew up watching my Mom eat rugelach, those were her treats. I would love to try to make them in her honor! Thank you for all you do for the GF community, your Love comes through!!! XOXO

  17. Debi on December 23rd, 2012 10:21 pm

    I LOVE rugelach and would love to be able to make it myself. :D

  18. Margaret T. Breese on December 24th, 2012 3:06 am

    I’m a sucker for Coconut chocolate chip macaroons!!!



  19. Cindy W. on December 24th, 2012 9:26 am

    The Rugelach sounds wonderful. Thank you for the giveaway.

  20. Marsha A. on December 24th, 2012 11:03 am

    My favorite is potatoe latkes. This cookbook lookds wonderful.

  21. Stephanie on December 24th, 2012 11:52 am

    I love honey cake! What a great giveaway.

  22. julie on December 24th, 2012 8:47 pm

    my grandmas apple cake used to be my favorite, need to experiment to make it gluten free!

  23. julie on December 24th, 2012 8:48 pm

    email subscriber

  24. nik on December 25th, 2012 5:37 am

    I’d love to try the recipe for the Fig Tart. Sounds superyumful!

  25. Penny on December 25th, 2012 6:06 pm

    I would like to try the Honey Cake.

  26. Ann on December 31st, 2012 7:26 pm

    This book looks wonderful. I contains the recipes for all the Jewish foods I grew up with and have not been able to cook since I had to go gluten free. Thank you for writing this cookbook.

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