Welcome!

by Jeanne on December 11, 2013

author photo Jeanne SauvageWelcome to my blog! I’m so happy you’re here!

If you are a regular reader, you know that I try to help folks as much as I can. And I answer a lot of questions. But before you ask a question, it’s helpful for me (and you) for you to browse through my list of BAKING TIPS/FAQS. Please check out these before you ask me a question in the comments or via email.

If you’ve just been diagnosed with gluten intolerance (or your doc told you to lay off of the gluten for other reasons) check out my Gluten-Intolerance Initial Diagnosis Survival Sheet.  Believe me, I know how hard and confusing everything seems at the beginning–but this sheet should help you navigate the early days.  Also, if you’re brand new to gluten-free, you might want to watch my Google talk–in which I explain gluten, gluten intolerance, gluten-free baking, and my own journey from being diagnosed gluten-free to developing gluten-free recipes (and writing 2 books).

My first book, Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays: 60 Recipes for Traditional Festive Treats (Chronicle Books), came out in October 2012 and has many recipes for the winter holidays and beyond.  Check it out!  My next book, Gluten-Free Wishlist: Sweet and Savory Treats You Miss the Most, is due out from Chronicle Books in Fall 2015.

Please note that I am happy to answer questions and help folks–but I do get a bit overwhelmed when I have to answer the same question over and over–hence the Tips/FAQs.

Happy baking!

–Jeanne

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Hey folks!  I have gotten so many applications for recipe testers for the new book that I am bumping up the deadline to apply to Wednesday, May 7th at 5 pm (versus the original deadline on Friday).  Info for testers and instructions on how to apply in my Call for Testers post.

Get your survey completely quickly! I can’t wait to start!  And thank you!

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Hey folks!  It’s finally recipe-testing time!  I am in need of volunteer recipe testers for my book, Gluten-Free Wishlist, due out Fall 2015.  Recipe testers are the quality control officers for the process of writing a cookbook.  Their work makes sure that the book has recipes that can be easily used and that work well.  I am deeply grateful to the folks who have served (and will serve) as recipe testers for my books!

To apply to be a tester, please read this post and then go to the survey link at the end and complete the survey.  Thank you!!

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA (Not the best photo, but check out the patches of bourbon the cake is infused with)

First, I want to let you know that dAhub finally got a job! Hooray! His new company is wonderful and seems like a perfect fit. He really enjoys his work there and they seem like a dynamic and fun company. Phew. This is such a load off of our minds, I can’t even tell you. We are settling into our new routine (which is like our old routine except for the fact that I now have the house to myself during most of the day. This is very helpful when you’re writing a book!)

The other big thing that happened to us is that one of our chickens, Lulu, developed a life-threatening respiratory infection a couple of a weeks ago. We have been pretty lucky with our chickens–mostly they are fine and healthy and if they do get sick, I haven’t noticed. (Except for the chicken in our old flock who had avian malaria–that was weird). Anyway, one day I kept hearing a sound like a child’s squeaky toy in the back yard. I went out to see what was going on and I noticed that Lulu was sneezing. If you have never heard a chicken sneeze, you are missing out–it’s actually quite cute. The cute part got lost on me when I realized that I could hear her wheezing. It was so loud that it sounded like she was moaning. And she was just kind of standing in one part of the yard, sneezing and wheezing.

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My Big Fat Google Talk Adventure

by Jeanne on January 29, 2014

In November I had the honor of giving a talk on gluten-free baking and my book at Google headquarters (aka, the Googleplex) in Mountain View, CA.   Wowee!  Being asked to do a Google talk is something of a holy grail for an author.  I’ve watched many videos of the talks, but never dared to imagine that I would get a chance to do one!  I still can’t quite believe it happened, but it did–and the video above is proof!

I was told that my topic should center around my book.  I decided to do a talk that I called “The Road to Deliciousness” that chronicled how I became gluten-free, how I learned to bake again after my diagnosis, what gluten intolerance is and who has it, my philosophies around baking, my love of teaching baking, and the principles of community and tradition that I wanted to infuse into my book.  I even included slides!

I was met and taken care of by two awesome folks at Google, Jacky Hayward and Nick Miranda.  After my talk, Jacky and Nick took me to one of the cafes on the Google “campus” called Root that is gluten-free.  The chef at Root is herself gluten-free and she said that she was thrilled that the powers-that-be at Google allowed her to make the cafe gluten-free.  The food was excellent–I was quite pleased and impressed.  Each dish was flavorful, interesting, delicious, and exciting and there were so many options–I kind of wanted to go back again and again to get everything (I restrained myself).  For dessert there were individual gluten-free cakes topped with specialized chocolate bars.  Yum!

Thank you, Google!

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I’m Writing Another Cookbook!

by Jeanne on January 6, 2014

fireworks-clip-art-9Yes, yes I am! I can’t quite believe it! Yes, it is another gluten-free baking book.  The new book will be more general than my first cookbook, which is terrific. The working title is: Gluten-Free Wishlist: Sweet and Savory Treats You Miss the Most. How awesome is that? I am so excited about this book–it will contain all of the things that you have been asking for over the years: croissants, naan, pita bread, ramen noodles, dumplings, pantry essentials, etc. It will be bigger that my last cookbook and contain more recipes and more baking tips. I am so excited I am about to burst!

This new book will again be with Chronicle Books–I feel so fortunate to be able to work with them again. They are an awesome publishing house and love working with everyone there. Each time I visit their offices, it’s like visiting home. I am a lucky, lucky woman to have yet another chance to write a cookbook and to be with such a wonderful publisher–squeeeee!!

The projected release date is Fall 2015.

I will put out a call for recipe testers, soon. Keep your eye out for a post on that, soon! Yay!

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Merry Christmas!

by Jeanne on December 25, 2013

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I want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas from me and D’Ahub and Girlfriend and the Chickens! Thank you so much for being such terrific readers and for your kindnesses throughout the year. And thank you for your questions that keep me on my toes and help me learn more and more! Thank you!

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Cookbook Recommendations for 2013

by Jeanne on December 22, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI know, I know: everyone is doing an end-of-year book recommendations list.  So, I thought I would jump on board.  This has been a fabulous year for cookbooks and I thought I’d let you know of a few that have I have particularly liked.

This list is eclectic and personal.  I could have gone on and on and on, but in order to have a manageable list, I tried to limit it to a few categories: gluten-free, baking, canning and preserving, and crafts.  These are my top interests, so I figured it was good to corral it that way.

So, without further ado, here are my recommendations, in no particular order:

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Just a quick post to let you know that my book made the Serious Eats “Gift Guide: For the Gluten-Free Home Cook!” Yay!  How awesome is that?  I’m just thrilled!  Check it out.

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Greetings all!  I just wanted to let you know that I will be in Boston, MA this upcoming Saturday, December 7th for the Eat Boutique Holiday Market!  I will be signing books from 2-3 pm.

Please join me! I would love to see you there!

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