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Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom’s List of Favorite Cookbooks


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! 😀


If your cookbook budget is lacking (whose isn’t in this economy)…consider getting a L.I.B.R.A.R.Y.  C.A.R.D. 😯

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.

More Make It Fast, Cook It Slow: 200 Brand-New, Budget-Friendly, Slow-Cooker Recipes by Stephanie O’Dea

Simply . . . Gluten-free Desserts: 150 Delicious Recipes for Cupcakes, Cookies, Pies, and More Old and New Favorites by Carol Kacinski of Simply…Gluten Free


Cooking for Isaiah: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Recipes for Easy Delicious Meals by Silvana Nardone of Silvana’s Kitchen and Easy Eats Magazine.

You Won’t Believe It’s Gluten-Free!: 500 Delicious, Foolproof Recipes for Healthy Living by Roben Ryberg

This is THE BOOK that changed the course of my sanity life by introducing me to the dreaded gluten free goldfish cracker! 😉

The Ultimate Gluten-Free Cookie Book by Roben Ryberg

Gluten-Free Quick & Easy: From Prep to Plate Without the Fuss – 200+ Recipes for People with Food Sensitivities by Carol Fenster, Ph.D. of Carol Fenster Cooks.

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-Free Girl and the Chef by Shauna and Daniel Ahern of Gluten Free Girl and the Chef (you can read my review here if you’d like)

Gluten-Free Baking Classics by Annalise Roberts of My Gluten Free Table.

Easy Gluten-Free Baking by Elizabeth Barbone of Gluten Free Baking.

The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free by Anne Byrn of The Cake Mix Doctor.

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.

Cooking Free : 200Flavorful Recipes for People with Food Allergies and Multiple Food Sensitivities by Carol Fenster, Ph.D.

Free for All Cooking: 150 Easy Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly Recipes the Whole Family Can Enjoy by Jules Shepard of Jules Gluten Free

Dairy-Free Cookbooks

Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living by Alisa Fleming of Go Dairy Free

The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook: Delicious Dairy-Free Cheeses and Classic “Uncheese” Dishes by Joanne Stepaniak

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).

The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam of Elana’s Pantry.

Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made with Almond and Coconut Flour by Elana Amsterdam

You can read my review of this cookbook and try a couple free recipes by clicking here.


The Spunky Coconut Cookbook, Second Edition: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free by Kelly Brozyna of The Spunky Coconut

The Spunky Coconut Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts: Gluten Free, Casein Free, and Often Egg Free by Kelly Brozyna


Paleo Comfort Foods: Homestyle Cooking for a Gluten-Free Kitchen by Julie and Charles Mayfield of Paleo Comfort Foods.

The Primal Blueprint Cookbook by Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple with Jennifer Meier

 “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.

Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking by Michael Ruhlman

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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  1. You've included my favorite – Cooking for Isaiah. Also Gluten-free Girl & the Chef and the Make it Fast, Cook it Slow books. I just reserved a few of these out from our library, so thank you! I'm considering Paleo and am bummed that our library doesn't have the almond and coconut books that you mentioned. Although my doctor says if I eat almond I need to take even more fish oil…

  2. I remember the day my friend purchased Cooking for Isaiah for me, I cried. It changed my life!

    • I completely agree with you it was my first gf cookbook purchase and made me realize I could have all the things I used to love in a gf, df version. The pizza crust, apple cake and brownies are amazing.

  3. Wow you have some good ones. Some I have and some on my wish lists. I admit I am a cook book addict. Kind of similar to my addiction to gadgets 🙂 One of my favorite all time cook books is my mom's OLD Betty Crocker cook book. It has to be from before I was born. What a great reference book for cooking times and recipes that NO ONE cooks from scratch anymore.

    This post leads me back to the question I posted a while back. How in the world do you organize all the recipes you get. I have so many recipes either in PDF form, hand scribed, printed off, a picture on my phone, etc. I know I can't possibly be the only person looking to organize.

  4. wow, what an amazing collection! Thanks for including my book Heidi, I'm honored.

    I'm enjoying the Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Bread right now since all of her recipes are DF / GF / EF.

  5. susie edminster says

    Hi. You're so talented at all this! I'm looking for a cook book that is gluten free and soy free. does that exist? thanks so much. Can you please email me directly.

    Susie E.