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Baking for Special Diets

Richard J. Coppedge Jr., The Culinary Institute of America (CIA)

ISBN: 978-1-119-03480-3 February 2016 264 Pages


Baking for Special Diets teaches readers how to widen the scope of their offerings and create flavorful recipes to meet all kinds of dietary needs. This text explains the wide range of dietary challenges of which pastry chefs and bakers should be conscious, including celiac disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kosher diets, and more. Introductory chapters cover general nutrition information, ingredient substitutions. The text also explains through examples how to convert your own recipes to meet the needs of a particular customer. Subsequent chapters provide recipes for a wide range of dietary concerns, from vegetarian, vegan, and low-fat baked goods to delectable desserts that are gluten-, lactose-, or sugar-free. From Low-Fat Vanilla Mousse and Reduced-Calorie Linzer Cookies to Sugar-Free Crème Caramel and Vegan Boston Cream Pie, Baking for Special Diets provides chefs with an arsenal of recipes that are healthy, versatile, and always delicious.

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Chapter 1: Current Health Problems and Dietary Needs: An Abundance of Foods, an Abundance of Health Problems

Chapter 2: What is Nutritional Baking?

Chapter 3: Ingredients for Nutritious Baking

Chapter 4: Reduced and Low Fat Baking

Chapter 5: Baking with Less Sugar

Chapter 6: Gluten-Free

Chapter 7:Non Dairy and Vegan Products


The Math Behind It All

Reading and Resources


  • Currently, books on the topic are slim, single allergy-specific titles geared toward the home cook; this comprehensive, professional text covers many allergies and dietary restrictions from celiac disease to diabetes to veganism to keeping kosher.  Baking for Special Diets is the ultimate reference on dietary restrictions in the bakeshop.
  • In addition to recipes, Baking for Special Diets provides up-to-date information from the 2013 FDA Food Code on how to set up a professional kitchen to avoid cross contamination in concern to food allergies.
  • Baking for Special Diets offers valuable  information on how to convert “regular” recipes to take a dietary restriction into account