Investment Banker to Gluten-Free Baker, Denise O’ Callaghan launches new book – ‘Delicious’

Denise features on Ireland AM

Former investment banker turned gluten-free baker, Denise O’ Callaghan, has launched her first book of gluten-free recipes, titled ‘Delicious’.

Founder of Ireland’s first gluten-free artisan bakery in 2008, Denise’s Delicious Gluten-Free Bakery has grown substantially, now employing a team of ten operating from the company’s base in Cork.

One of Ireland’s leading producers of cakes and baked products for Coeliacs* and those following a ‘free from’ gluten, wheat, dairy and yeast free lifestyle, Denise’s Delicious Gluten-Free Bakery product ranges are available in Ireland from the major multiples.

With an increasing national trend for gluten-free, latest research* finds that one Irish person in every 120 requires gluten-free products. Denise’s Delicious Gluten-Free Bakery products are also served in Aer Lingus Premium Class and the award-winning range will launch in the French and Italian gourmet food markets this Christmas. Speaking both French and Italian, Denise’s new book ‘Delicious’ will also launch in France later this year and having worked with Italian Coeliacs, she has a unique insight into the Italian ‘free-from’ market, a country which has the highest European incidence of coeliac disease after Ireland.

Denise’s Delicious Gluten-Free Bakery is also reviewing the US market where there are very limited gluten-free options, particularly the East Coast which has a particularly high incidence of coeliac disease.

Mirroring a global increase in awareness of food intolerances, and endorsed by celebrities Jessica Alba, Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow, Ireland’s ‘free-from’ demands are increasing each year with people reporting substantial health and overall wellbeing benefits.

‘Delicious – Recipes from my Gluten-Free Bakery’ by Denise O’ Callaghan proves that creating indulgent hand-baked treats at home is still possible – even on a gluten-free and ‘free-from’ diet. The book’s 100 tempting recipes with mouth-watering images include breads, scones, biscuits, cakes, tarts and desserts. From Denise’s gluten-free baking tips to contemporary cakes, old favourites with a twist to desserts and Christmas, this book has a wide selection of treats and desserts for every occasion.

“Launching my first recipe book is a dream come true. My gluten-free baking was inspired by my dad, Michael, who is a coeliac. What began as a home-cooking passion to support him, prompted us to open our own gluten-free artisan bakery.

It’s exciting for me to be able to share my baking secrets and tips, family stories, recipes handed down through generations and anecdotes charting my own experience of ‘free-from baking’.  Now everyone can have their gluten-free cake and eat it!” said Denise O’ Callaghan.

deliciouscover‘Delicious – Recipes from my Gluten-Free Bakery’ by Denise O’ Callaghan is published by Mercier Press and available from all good book stores nationwide or see (RRP €24.99).