Saturday, January 5, 2013

January's Cookbook: Gluten Free on a Shoestring Quick & Easy

Gluten-Free on a Shoestring, Quick and Easy: 100 Recipes for the Food You Love--Fast!People who follow a gluten-free diet—avoiding all foods with even a trace of wheat, barley, and rye in their ingredients—don’t always have the quick and cheap food options that their friends do…until now.

Gluten-free guru Nicole Hunn is back with 100 new quick-prep and make-ahead recipes for dinners, yeast-free breads, baked goods, snacks, breakfasts, and more. These unique timesaving recipes take advantage of readily available gluten-free ingredients and kitchen shortcuts. Created with the busy family in mind, Hunn shares her secrets to getting a complete meal, including bread, on the table in no time flat – all without breaking the bank.

Recipes include Super-Quick Cinnamon Rolls, Yeast-Free English Muffins, Easy Veggie Burgers, Weeknight Chicken Soup, Cheesecake Cookies, Make-Your-Own Yellow Cake Mix, and more. (Photo & Description from Goodreads. Source)

So this is it! The first cookbook of 2013.  First, a little about why I chose it and how I plan to test it out.

I wanted a cookbook that was recently released, both so that I could see what was new on the market, but also so that I wouldn't be reviewing something that most of you have already bought and are using.  This particular one caught my eye because a) it was written by a fellow blogger, who already published one successful cookbook, b) on a shoestring implies to me that the recipes are not going to cost a fortune in ingredients, and c) quick & easy when it comes to cooking is exactly my style.  Not to mention the cover photo is gorgeous, and I'm a sucker for great images in my cookbooks.  I want to know what the dish should look like when it's done.  If I ever make donuts that look like the ones on the cover of this book, I will change my name the The Domestic Goddess.

I will be testing this book out over the course of the month, and writing my review for the last week of January.  I will make at least one recipe from each section (Breakfast & Brunch, Breads, Meatless Mondays, Weekday Work Dinners, Shortcut Desserts.) There is a make your own mixes section too, and if I have time I'll also make one, but no promises.  I'll be evaluating just how inexpensive, quick and easy they really are, as well as how good they taste.

Here's to a delicious month!


  1. I'm looking forward to your recipe testing and review! I have both of Nicole Hunn's cookbooks, but have only made a few (great) things from the new one, so it'll be interesting to see what you make!

    1. Thanks, me too! I don't have the first book, so this is my first foray into her recipes. We'll see how it goes.