This week I opened a really fun box! It was full of Kyra Bussanich's new cookbook, SWEET CRAVINGS: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle. I had the pleasure of photographing this project last Fall. The book is by Ten Speed Press, one of the most photo-conscious, quality publishers out there. I love all of their cookbooks for their distinct personality and vibrant images, what an honor to shoot with them.

Kyra's desserts look beautiful and taste delicious -- and they're all gluten free! My personal favorites were the Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats (holy #*^$!!) and the Vanilla Chiffon Cake loaded with local berries and simple glaze. Kyra's story of winning Cupcake Wars not once but twice, her journey to running her own gluten free pastry shop and her family traditions all carry these recipes along in a casual, approachable book. I'm very proud to have been apart of bringing this wonderful idea to life!

Order one here.


  1. Wow, that's some stunning photography, I might have to pick up the book.

  2. Great book! And I've made 5 recipes from this so far that have come out wonderfully (and I'm not what you'd call an experienced baker by any means.) Lots of tips/secrets for successful baking that really helped. Beautiful pictures. Really good writing. Interesting personal stories - about her and about winning Cupcake Wars twice.

    There’s an entertaining, brief video intro to this book at:

  3. Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispy Treat! Need you say more? What a delight to see this book in action, Leela. Great job, and always a pleasure to work with you.


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