I am a sucker for a beautiful cookbook. I love trying new recipes, tweaking them to fit my own allergy and lifestyle needs, and then sharing them with you all. I also love gorgeous food photography. So, here my friends is a little book review of the most wonderful and mouthwatering gluten free cookbooks. Just in time for holiday cooking, and the busiest time for entertaining our friends and family, these are sure to provide you with the perfect dish!
1. Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef: A Love Story with 100 Tempting Recipes:As the title proclaims, this is a delicious gluten free cookbook with a sweet back story of how Gluten Free Girl Shauna James Ahern was courted by professional chef and now husband Daniel Ahern. Chapter titles include “the foods we used to woo each other”, and “Eating through the seasons together”. They include wonderful tips on cooking gluten free that are appropriate for both novice and experienced gluten free cooks; from braising to preventing garlic burn, they have you covered. Be sure to check out the carrot cake with ginger frosting.
2. The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook: Over 300 Delicious Whole Foods Recipes, Including Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, and Egg-Free Dishes: What I love most about this book, is that it thoroughly covers major food allergies. It is written by a nutritionist, and provides a thorough glossary of healthy ingredients, information on how our health is affected by what we eat, disease prevention, and how to shop for healthy ingredients. From smoothies and granola to delicious entree meals, this is a truly all inclusive allergy free cookbook. The mouthwatering “Grandma’s Cinnamon Rolls” are my absolute favorite recipe in this book.
3. 100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love: This one is a must for families looking to eat unprocessed, whole food. This book is the story of the adorable and highly inspiring Leake family. They took a vow to eat unprocessed whole food for 100 days, and the habit stuck. They have created a dynamic “how to” book complete with recipes and advice on packing easy and manageable children’s lunches. They provide a solid explanation of how to preserve seasonal foods, and while not all the food is gluten free, many of the recipes are intrinsically gluten free.
4. Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime: The talented Daniel Walker has two gluten free cookbooks available. The above title and her paleo installment: Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great. What I appreciate about Daniel is her honest story of illness that lead her to the paleo diet as a method of healing herself. After a very rough bout with autoimmune disease she is radiant and provides delicious allergy free recipes. My favorite recipe is her Chile Verde Chicken Enchiladas, and the food photography in this book is unreal folks.
5. 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes (1,000 Recipes): Author Carol Fenster provides a highly eclectic and unique variety of gluten free recipes. If you are prone to food boredom, and tend to enjoy trying new recipes frequently, this is the book for you. With 1000 recipes available it will take a very long time to cook your way through this book! I am particularly fond of the fact that she provides several Indian and Thai dishes, as these are crowd pleasers in my home. Try the Honey-Glazed Salmon with Pineapple Chutney!
These are my top 5 favorites, what did I miss? Which gluten free cookbooks are you loving these days?
Make your day great!