December 7, 2013 at 1:00 am

Maureen Tisdale

Let's Talk Food (& maybe win a cookbook): Gluten-free baking and more

It’d be nice if I could tell you all about my experiences with gluten-free baking; my friend Bethany suggested an alternative to my Bad Muffins that included goodies like almond flour I’d be interested in seeing whether my toddler and husband would like.

But right now, I’m obsessing on what cookies I’m going to make for Sunday’s Cookie Swap at church, specifically which (if not all!) of the Let’s Talk Food reader suggestions I want to play with — all of which happened to include flour. So when I plopped four (!) bags of baking supplies on the table after shopping Friday morning, any chance I’d get to personal experience with gluten-free goodies in time for this giveaway were obliterated.

Still, I know the industry for this type of allergy-free and vegan-friendly baking is so huge I wanted to squeeze these cookbooks in for the last weeklong, pre-Christmas giveaway (there will be a short one next week; more on that in a second).

SO. Have a gluten-free, paleo- or organic-loving cook on your gift list? Your options are:

■“Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free” (Allergy-Friendly Vegan Desserts) by Ricki Heller, featuring 100 recipes without gluten, dairy, eggs or refined sugar

■“Gluten-Free Breakfast, Brunch and Beyond” by Linda J. Amendt, featuring breads, cakes, muffins, scones, pancakes, waffles, french toast, quiches and more

■“Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods” (100+ Gluten-Free Recipes) by Julie and Charles Mayfield, featuring 30-minute meal ideas and touting its offerings as comfort-food classics with a healthy twist

■“Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats” (Allergy-Free & Vegan Recipes) by Debbie Adler, with the kicker “No gluten, eggs, dairy, soy or nuts — no problem!”

If you’re interested in one of the books, send an email to Eats& with one of the four titles — depending on which book you’re interested in winning — in the subject line: “Cookbook/NaturallySweet” or “Cookbook/Gluten-FreeBreakfast” or “Cookbook/Paleo” or “Cookbook/SweetDebbie.” Include your name and mailing address in the body. Enter only once by midnight Dec. 15. A winner will be chosen from among entries, with preference given to those who comment below. (If it’s Dec. 16, 2013, or later when you read this, the cookbooks will have been given away — but thanks for stopping by.)

Good luck! And word to the wise — I think next Saturday will be the last cookbook giveaway sent out in time for Christmas, “Fine Cooking: Chocolate” (likely along with the back-story of Tisdale Fudge). That contest will end midnight Monday, Dec. 16, so we can (hopefully) get that book in the mail before the holiday mail crush.