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America's Test Kitchen's gluten-free cookbook featured on QVC

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The How Can it Be Gluten Free Cookbook will make its first televised appearance today on QVC's In the Kitchen with David segment at 8:00 p.m. EST. This new cookbook from America's Test Kitchen contains more than 180 recipes, including comfort food classics, which boast solving the problem of cooking without wheat.

Today's appearance on QVC is the first of many scheduled events to kick off the cookbook that launches next month. America's Test Kitchen is a 2,500-square-foot kitchen located just outside Boston. It is home to more than three dozen full-time cooks and product testers.

This 336-page cookbook seems to be different from others that cover gluten-free cooking/baking. It contains detailed steps that show how to prepare a recipe and explain why the recipes work. The instructions are clear and feature pictures of the preparation method as well as the final product, so you can judge that you are on the right track. It also includes ratings of store bought gluten-free goods (breads, pastas, flours, etc.,) and a guide to using gluten-free grains.

The key to their recipes seems to be the development of their gluten-free flour blend that they say is easy to make and costs about half as much as the cheapest store-bought option. Many bloggers/companies/people have developed their own gluten-free flour blend, so it will be interesting to see how America's Test Kitchen's version stacks up.

Their blend relies on white rice and brown rice flour (for good structure with a minimum of starchiness), as well as tapioca starch (to boost elasticity), potato starch (for increased tenderness), and nonfat milk powder (for better browning):

24 ounces (4 1/2 cups plus 1/3 cup) white rice flour
7 1/2 ounces (1 2/3 cups) brown rice flour
7 ounces (1 1/3 cups) potato starch
3 ounces (3/4 cup) tapioca starch
3/4 ounce (3 tablespoons) nonfat milk powder

I have also learned that they will begin offering online gluten-free baking courses in March through their cooking school.

I will be tuning in tonight to learn more about the cookbook. Will you purchase this cookbook?

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