Review: Simply...Gluten-Free Desserts by Carol Kicinski - Celiac Disease
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Apr 22 2011

Review: Simply…Gluten-Free Desserts by Carol Kicinski

I received this beautiful new cookbook by Carol Kicinski to review a few weeks back & I couldn’t wait to dive into it.  The picture on the front of the cookbook immediately called out to me.  There are over 150 recipes in this new cookbook for cupcakes, cookies, pies & more.

Carol Kicinski is the author of Simply…Gluten-Free, a food blog started in 2007.  Simply…Gluten-Free Desserts is her first book and she has just launched her own flour line.   Here is some more information on Kicinski from her blog:

Celebrating the ABUNDANCE of gluten-free living!

I am a professional recipe developer, television chef, freelance writer and cookbook author. I cook. I write. I travel. And I do it all gluten-free!

When it comes to food I believe the most important thing is for it to taste great. My recipes are not just “good for gluten-free” they are just plain good! Period!

When I first found out that I was gluten-intolerant, I was taken aback. I wondered how I could live without the gluten-filled cereals, pastas and breads that made up so much of my diet. My husband and I LOVED the “good food” – traveling to Italy, France, South America, Africa and China. Added to the sense of frustration was the fact that half my family was gluten-intolerant and half not. I needed to be able to prepare meals that everyone would enjoy.It was then that I decided to look at the world of food not in terms of what I can’t eat but what I CAN EAT. I looked to food itself for inspiration. I discovered a whole beautiful, abundant world of gluten-free food. I started to create dishes that would not only keep my body from being ill but that were delicious and aesthetic as well.

Thus my new food philosophy was born. Find and enjoy foods that are naturally gluten-free. I love the challenge of discovering how to re-invent old favorites and creating new ones gluten-free.

Simply…Gluten-free is a gluten-free blog – its purpose is to share, teach and inspire. I love to hear from my readers. Please fell free to always leave me comments, contact via email at or you usually find me on twitter.


In the beginning of the book, Kicinski outlines gluten-free baking & cooking, ingredients, baking tips and her very own sweet rice flour blend.  The blend is used in many recipes throughout the book.  The philosophy behind the book is gluten-free baking & cooking should be simple and anyone can make great gluten-free food that is naturally gluten-free.  While there are recipes that require the use of Kicinski’s sweet rice flour blend, there are many that are grain-free all together.  Many people who are gluten-free are also dairy-  and/or sugar-free, too and there are several desserts that fall under those requirements.  Here are some of those desserts:

  • No-Bake Chocolate Truffle Cake
  • Lemon-Lime Cupcakes
  • Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
  • Dairy-Free Cream Puffs
  • Frozen Tiramisu

If baking doesn’t seem to be your thing, don’t fret, this book’s recipes are not overly complicated.  There are many that don’t require a long list of ingredients or have a long list of instructions.  My personal favorite is the Peanut Butter Crepes.  3 ingredients and simple instructions.  Fill with jelly, fruit spread or Nutella.  Even the kids could help make this recipe!

Kicinski’s Simply…Gluten-Free can be purchased here on her site or in bookstores across the US.

***I received this book free of charge to review.  The thoughts & opinions of this book and/or the recipes are my own and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!


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