Sunday, 12 January 2014

Sunday January 12, 2014 Gluten Free Cookbooks

The gluten-free lifestyle has recently exploded in popularity thanks to celebrities endorsing the diet for people who are not intolerant to gluten. Because the lifestyle involves cooking a lot of meals from scratch, people often find they’re eating healthier foods on this diet. Prior to this, a gluten-free diet was reserved for those who are intolerant to gluten and must remove it from their diets lest they get sick. If you’re interested in the gluten-free lifestyle, whatever your reasons, why not come to the library to check out some of our excellent gluten-free cookbooks?

If this is your first time trying gluten-free recipes, you might want to give the Complete Gluten-Free Diet and Nutrition Guide by Alexandra Anca a try. Along with all the recipes, Anca’s book has a thirty day meal plan to get you started. Just be prepared to experiment with many different ingredients, some of which may be hard to find (although you may find it helpful to shop online for many of them). Another option is Donna Washburn and Heather Butt’s Easy Everyday Gluten-Free Cooking. Washburn and Butt are experts at gluten-free baking who strive to make their recipes both nutritious and delicious. You can also try Weeknight Gluten Free by Kristine Kidd, which is full of easy and healthy recipes that are perfect for those busy work nights.

One thing that many people eating gluten free miss is bread. Luckily we have 125 Best Gluten-Free Bread Machine Recipes by Donna Washburn and Heather Butt. The recipes in this book make great-tasting breads, including sourdough, Italian, banana and focaccia. If you are a bread lover, this is definitely a book you’ll want to read.

Another great gluten-free option is paleo books as, by definition, they use pre-agricultural (and therefore gluten free) foods. Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well and Feel Great has some excellent recipes, including a good sandwich bread and her Slow Cooker Sesame Orange Chicken, which is excellent when served over the Coconut Lime Cauliflower Rice. Along with Walker’s book, we have others such as Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes by Elana Amsterdam, which is an excellent introduction to Paleo cooking, and Paleo Desserts: 125 Delicious Everyday Favorites, Gluten- and Grain-Free by Jane Barthelemy.

Speaking of desserts, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy all of your favourites, with a bit of modification. If you like cookies, why not check out Gluten-Free Cookies: From Shortbreads to Snickerdoodles, Brownies to Biscotti: 50 Recipes for Cookies You Can Crave by Luane Kohnke. If cupcakes are more your thing, give Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made With Almond and Coconut Flour by Elana Amsterdam a try. For desserts with more of a French flair, you should try Gluten-Free Gourmet Desserts and Baked Goods by Valerie Cupillard. While easy, Cupillard’s recipes are not practical for everyday use, making them great for special occasions.
Asian food is usually off-limits when you need a gluten-free diet, but it doesn’t have to be. Laura Byrne Russell’s The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen: Recipes for Noodles, Dumplings, Sauces, and More shows you how to make your favourite foods from many different Asian cultures gluten-free. Her recipes include spring rolls, pot stickers, and all kinds of Asian pancakes (like Chinese Green Onion Pancakes, Korean Seafood Pancakes and Mung bean pancakes).

While these are all excellent cookbooks, this is by no means an extensive list of what’s available at the library. From slow-cooker books to vegetarian, physical books to ebooks, the library is sure to have a cookbook to meet your gluten-free needs!
Shauna Kosoris

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