:: Some of our favorite cookbooks.

There are many great Gluten Free cookbooks and some really not so great ones as well.  The biggest difficulty with Gluten Free cookbooks is that you are unlikely to find just one that satisfies all of your cooking requirements.  One cookbook may be great for baking treats and quick breads, while another offers good suggestions for main entrees, and yet another for baking bread.  This can leave you with a stack of cookbooks and going crazy to mix up all of the different flours. 

With all of the information available on the Internet, you can have great success cooking gluten free without ever purchasing a cookbook.  When I am looking for a new recipe, I do a search such as "Gluten free recipe for ___” and usually find a lot of great choices.  Do not forget our very own Gluten Free Recipes page with new recipes being added weekly.   

That being said, the following is a list of cookbooks that we turn to over and over again:

 

If you buy just one GF Cookbook:

 

 

The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook

by Editors at America's Test Kitchen

If you are serious about being not just a good, but also a great GF cook, and you are willing to learn some new techniques and ingredients, then this is the one cookbook you should buy. This cookbook is beyond basic – it is for the GF cook who wants success and is wiling to put in the extra effort and time to get really good results.  It includes quality recipes for everything from bread, cakes, cookies (which can be surprisingly tricky), piecrust, pizza dough, weeknight dinners, and even fried chicken.  The cookbook also includes very detailed directions on the science of gluten and tips to guarantee success in the kitchen.

 

For Gluten Free Baked Treats:

 

Gluten-Free Baking: More Than 125 Recipes for Delectable Sweet and Savory Baked Goods, Including Cakes, Pies, Quick Breads, Muffins, Cookies, and Other Delights 

by Rebecca Reilly This is my favorite cook book for gluten free baked goods.

 

Gluten-Free Baking Classics

by Annalise Roberts 

 

For baking Gluten Free Bread with a bread machine:

 

Gluten-Free Baking Classics for the Bread Machine

by Annalise Roberts.  It has everything from great recipes, specific directions on how to set your bread machine and tips for when things just don't go right. 

 

For Everyday Meals:

 

 

Weeknight Gluten Free (Williams-Sonoma): Simple, healthy meals for every night of the week

by Kristine Kidd.  I love this cookbook.  I have cooked a recipe from each section with superior results.  The meals are all fairly easy to make but the end results are healthy, gourmet-like meals.  My kids have loved everything that I have cooked and I feel good about the food I am serving.  

 

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Cooking Gluten Free

by Karen Robertson.  Karen is somewhat of a super hero to me as this was my very first Gluten Free cookbook.   This cookbook saved me when we first went GF.   It features every-night recipes from award winning chefs that result in gourmet-like meals that any ordinary cook can make.  Some of these recipes, such as the one for Bathing Rama, are in our regular dinner rotation that we continue to make at least once a month.   Plus it has recipes for gluten free baking for everything from chocolate chip cookies to banana bread. 

 

 

Deliciously G-Free: Food So Flavorful They'll Never Believe It's Gluten-Free

by Elizabeth Hasselbeck. Reliable, family friendly recipes that I turn to over and over again.

 

Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients

by Ina Garten.  The easiest, healthiest and most affordable way to eat Gluten Free is to cook meals from whole foods.  I regularly turn to this cookbook for classic, naturally GF meal ideas. 

 

For and/or  From Kids:

 


 

Eternally Gluten-Free: A Cookbook of Sweets and Inspiration, From a Teen!

by Dominich Daniel Cura 

Daniel is a Gluten Free kid with a cause.  He is a local Seattle boy who is trying to make the best out of his diagnosis with Celiac Disease.  Eternally Gluten-free is a cookbook full of sweets, from breakfast, to drinks and desserts.

 

Cooking for Isaiah: Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Recipes for Easy, Delicious Meals

by Silvana Nardone

Cooking for Isaiah is written by another mom who took to the kitchen after her son was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.  It has 135 recipes that are relatively easy to make and great tasting.  I say relatively easy, because most GF cooking requires a little extra effort.  Once you get the hang of it, mixing all of the different flours becomes second nature.  I love her recipe for Chocolate Birthday cake! 

 

Healthy Gluten Free Recipes:

 

Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats: Allergy-Free and Vegan Recipes from the Famous Los Angeles Bakery

by Debbie Alder, Owner, Sweet Debbie's Organic Cupcakes

Debbie Adler is the owner of an allergen-free, vegan bakery, Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes, in Los Angeles.  She shares some of her recipes with you in this cookbook.  This cookbook is for those looking for healthy-ingredients such as Matcha green tea powder and buckwheat groats.    The recipes are free of gluten, eggs, dairy, soy, sugar and nuts.  I made the Blueberry Streusel Donut Holes that are made out of a combination of sorghum, millet, teff and quiona flour.  They were delicious and I felt good serving them to my kids, but you have to be willing to purchase the special ingredients called for in the recipes.     Debbie has also shared her recipe for Lean Green Logs.

 

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