I admit, I’m a little biased. Alexa Croft, the author of Everyday Classics: 68 Tasty and Essential Recipes, is one of my dearest friends. BUT, we initially became friends because I fell in love with her recipes. I found myself relying on her expertise when I had more free-from needs, like gluten-free and egg-free. And I soon discovered that she is an amazingly sweet person, too.
Alexa doesn’t blog much anymore, but it isn’t for lack of my pestering. I’ve missed her presence online so much. But, her cookbook is still there for you to enjoy at home. It’s not big, but it is full of just about every TIMELESS recipe you need for allergen-free cooking and baking.
What’s Inside the Everyday Classics Cookbook
As you can see by the cover, all of the recipes within Everyday Classics are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free AND soy-free. But trust me, this isn’t a cookbook on how to make cardboard. It’s an amazing collection of those everyday recipes we all love, including …
Breakfast (Soaked Grain Waffles pictured)
Lunch & Dinner (Stroganoff pictured)
Sweet Treats (Brownies pictured)
and Everyday Staples (No Dairy Nacho Cheese pictured)
And there is so much more recipe goodness in each chapter. You’ll discover Alexa’s famous Coconut Milk Yogurt, No-Peanuts Butter, Tortillas, Biscuits & Gravy, Chicken Pot Pie, Chili Mac Skillet, Strawberry Cheesecake, Vanilla Cupcakes … I could go on and on. Basically tons of family-friendly (my niece let out an “ooh and ahh” with nearly every turn of the page) and relatively easy recipes with clear instructions. Alexa also includes an ingredient primer and a food allergen reference chart right in the front of the book.
To note, since this is a gluten-free cookbook, there are some specialty flours and grains used, such as millet, teff, brown rice, and garbanzo. Nonetheless, many of the recipes are applicable to anyone eating dairy-free – and why not trial some new flours? I’ve made several of Alexa’s recipes, and the results are heavenly!
If you still aren’t sure try some of Alexa’s recipes first! She has created fabulous recipes for us over the years:
Perfect collection of recipes
This is a great collection of staple recipes for sweets and savories. I’ve used it often. It’s one of the two books that I reference whenever I need to make something gluten-free and egg-free in addition to dairy-free. The recipes always turn out perfectly.