As I was compiling a list of all my favorite gluten free cookbooks, gluten related medical/health books and my “would be lost without” kitchen gadgets, I realized that I’ve never shared any lists like this on my website before. So here they come!
In order to keep these lists manageable, I’m going to break them up into a few different posts over the next week. And yes, these will make for some great last minute Christmas gifts for all those super adorable gluten free peeps in your life!
Okay, the first selection of cookbooks below are those which are “just gluten free,” meaning gluten-free is the main purpose of the cookbook (and the recipes are not necessarily free of other allergens like eggs, dairy, soy, etc.), but most of the recipes are easily tweakable to fit your family’s specific dietary needs.
Next up, you will see my recommended dairy free and allergen friendly cookbooks. Please note that the books in this category may not fall under the “gluten-free” label, but gluten is a fairly easy ingredient to substitute…especially if you have a favorite go-to gluten free all purpose flour blend (mine is Better Batter).
Lastly, I will share my favorite regular cookbooks that have taught me the most about cooking and baking in general or have inspired some of the more unusual recipes on my website…like my homemade dairy-free, soy-free “processed” cheeze loaf, LOL!
Remember, where there is a will, there IS A WAY…we just have to find it first!
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Gluten Free Cookbooks
Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: The Big Book of Everyday Slow Cooking by Stephanie O’Dea of A Year of Slowcooking.
Cooking for Isaiah: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Recipes for Easy Delicious Meals by Silvana Nardone of Silvana’s Kitchen and Easy Eats Magazine.
The Ultimate Gluten-Free Cookie Book by Roben Ryberg
1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes by Carol Fenster, Ph.D.
The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen: Recipes for Noodles, Dumplings, Sauces, and More by Laura B. Russell of Notes from a Gluten Free Kitchen (click here to try a couple free recipes from the book).
Gluten-Free Italian: Over 150 Irresistible Recipes without Wheat–from Crostini to Tiramisu by Jacqueline Mallorca of The Gluten Free Expert.
This is the cookbook that inspired my gluten-free, egg-free, corn-free, rice-free, soy-free, dairy-free pasta dough recipe which I then used to make some mighty tasty Toasted Ravioli and Pizza Rolls!
Gluten and Allergy Free Cookbooks
The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook: Whole Foods Recipes for Personal and Planetary Health, Second Edition by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre, MS, CN of The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen.
Grain Free/Paleo Cookbooks
2011 marked the year I began moving myself towards a grain-free and refined sugar free diet (and let me tell you, I feel better than I ever have in my life…and I haven’t had any medical crises this year, a first since I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2005!).
The following cookbooks are those I’ve used religiously as I train myself in a whole new way of cooking and baking (and yes, I’m still in learning mode, which is why you haven’t seen many recipes by me that fall within this category yet).
You can read my review of this cookbook and try a couple free recipes by clicking here.
Paleo Comfort Foods: Homestyle Cooking for a Gluten-Free Kitchen by Julie and Charles Mayfield of Paleo Comfort Foods.
“Not Necessarily Gluten Free” Cookbooks and Culinary Resources
The following books are ones I have enjoyed as I’ve broadened my knowledge of cooking.
Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn
Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks, and Good Food by Jeff Potter
The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg of Becoming A Chef.
Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats by Sandy Fallon and Mary Enig of the Weston A. Price Foundation (this book really changed the way I view dietary fat).
Make your Own Convenience Foods by Don and Joan German (this non-politically correct book is out of print but you can easily find used copies on Amazon. There are some really neat recipes in it, including one for coffee-free sunflower seed coffee!)
Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe François of Artisan Bread in 5 (note: there is only one chapter on gluten free bread in this book, but the recipes are wonderful and I think the techniques that are taught are worth the price of the book alone).
This is by no means a complete listing of all the great gluten and allergen free cookbooks out there, only the favorites from my personal collection but I will continue to update this list as I discover new favorites!
What’s your favorite cookbook, gluten and allergen friendly (or otherwise)?
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