If you are looking for some interesting freefrom recipes to cook from, but want some ideas that you know WILL work, look no further than the Leon cookery books.
I have been a huge fan of the Leon chain of restaurants for years, which are sadly currently only London-based. If you don’t head to London much (sadly I don’t live in London any more either), fear not – the cookery books, of which there are now three, show you how to recreate some of their most popular dishes at home. I was delighted to introduce my friends over at Good Food, Great Fun and Gluten Free to Leon when we met in London not so long ago. You can read their thoughts on the Leon experience here.
Aside from how much I like eating at Leon, I really cannot emphasise enough just how much I like their cookery books. First of all, all of their recipes are easy to make at home. I have cooked extensively out of all three books, and all the recipes I have tried have worked very well. So no let downs there. But what is even more appealing about their food is their ethos. Leon was founded by John Vincent, Henry Dimbleby and Allegra McEvedy (who very, very sadly in my opinion, does not work for Leon any more) in order to produce great quality, nutritious food to eat on the go that “does you good”. All three books are packed full of recipes that are just naturally free-from and furthermore their baking book which was published in September 2011 entitles Leon: Baking and Puddings. Book 3, contains recipes for bread, cakes and ice cream – all of which are gluten, dairy and sugar free. All three books contain pages and pages of information and photos of more unusual ingredients, so make for a really informative read, too.
Recipe highlights for me are as follows:
Leon Book 1: Ingredients and Recipes
Leon Granola, the Superfood Salad recipes, the slaw recipes, Moroccan meatballs and the recipe for the Leon better brownie
Leon Book 2: Naturally Fast Food
Lots of lovely sides to jazz up vegetables, Keralan fish curry, Ceviche, Muesli bars
Leon Book 3: Baking and Puddings
Strawberry marshmallows, Gluten free bread and rye bread recipes which are lovely, A good chocolate cake (vegan and can be made gluten free) and Coconut Kiss ice cream, which is dairy free and raw
Disclosure: These opinions are my own. I bought books 1 & 2 myself and received book 3 as a review copy. Thanks to Conran Octopus for this copy.