Today, we'll consider the Flying Apron's Gluten-free and Vegan Baking Book. This book is actually not in my collection, but one I picked up from the library and played with for a while.
The recipes I tested in this book all came out well. But, I will say that I have not adopted a vegan lifestyle, so it was frustrating to need to acquire specialized ingredients that I do not normally use, such as palm oil. The same holds true for some of the alternative sugars and sweeteners. Too, while the end products are acceptable, there is a notable difference in quality. Now, having been baking gluten-free for over a year now, I've become accustomed to the textures and alterations caused by alternate flours. I am NOT accustomed to the quality issues that develop with the use of rice milk, palm oil, and agave syrup, just to name a few.
Many of the recipes yield a more than acceptable baked good. While I wouldn't say that you couldn't TELL it was a vegan/gluten-free product, it wasn't usually objectionably so. The one place it really made a definitive difference for me was in the frostings. Because I don't have to avoid butter, I found the palm oil based frosting to be an unacceptable substitute for a "real" buttercream. I might feel differently about the matter if I were forced to eschew butter.
The muffins and scones, in particular are excellent. The cakes and cookies I found to be less so, though the suggestion for the use of Dagobah Chocolate is certainly a good one.
In general, this is a good book with well written, workable recipes. However, if you only NEED to be gluten-free, it introduces a whole additional range of atypical ingredients that most people who aren't dairy-free and vegan are unlikely to have on hand. And, while acceptable, these baked goods are an adjustment to the palate in the same way that gluten-free goods can be. You'll need to ask yourself if you find the minor loss of texture and quality acceptable, or if you'd rather try recipes that are gluten-free but use more traditional pastry ingredients for the remainder.