Friday, June 7, 2013

Cookbook of the Month: May's Review

Cooking Light The Gluten-Free Cookbook: Simple Food Solutions for Everyday Meals

Cooking Light introduces The Gluten-Free Cookbook-the search for simple, healthy and delicious gluten-free meals is over. Cooking Light developed more than 180 everyday recipes that will work for the reader searching for a wide variety of satisfying and flavorful gluten-free dishes. Designed in a full-color, easy-to-read format, Cooking Light The Gluten-Free Cookbook is the definitive guide to cooking gluten-free.
Questions from individuals who live gluten-free either out of necessity or by choice are answered all in one place. Within the pages of this book, readers will find the best kitchen tips and techniques and helpful information about ingredients that are the basis of gluten free cooking, including which grains, flours, and convenience products to use. This book offers simple advice on how to avoid gluten containing products-natural and hidden sources-and teaches what to look for on the nutrition label. Enjoy food previously sacrificed, such as pizza, pastas, meatloaf, sandwiches, breads, and even desserts! On every page, readers will find deliciously transformed, gluten-free versions of their favorite dishes-from quick breads to cakes and oven-fried chicken to spaghetti and meatballs, and more.
Publisher: Oxmoor House
Publication date: August 2, 2011


The focus of this cookbook is on simple recipes.  To achieve this goal, many of the recipes call for prepared gluten free foods (such as bread) to be used in many recipes.  I have no problem with this, because I know how time consuming cooking for a family of four can be day in and day out.  However, if you're looking to make every item from scratch, this might not be the book for you.  If you're looking for quick and easy gluten free meal ideas, this book delivers.  Although it's not a dairy free cookbook, recipes that are dairy free are clearly marked, which I appreciated.

I made the Bruschetta with warm tomatoes, Chickpea bajane, Soft tacos with green chile cilantro rice and egg, Sweet and sour pork, Chicken tacos with mango avocado salsa, and Pasta with roasted red pepper and cream sauce.  Each of the dishes were simple to make and the flavour was great.  So often recipes that are gluten free fail to deliver on taste, but not these.  In fact, the mango avocado salsa and pasta with roasted red pepper & cream sauce have become family favourites.  I substitute dairy free milk in the pasta recipe, and my son loves it. 

I also like that this cookbook has photos accompanying every recipe.  I like to know what my dish is supposed to look like when it's done.  The photos are clear, and none of the dishes are plated in a way that's unrealistic for the average person to achieve. 

Verdict:  This is a good basic cookbook for anyone new to gluten free or who isn't interested in complicated, fancy recipes.  The recipes are simple to follow and the photos are helpful.  There's a good variety of breakfasts, side dishes, main course meals, and desserts.  It's not a huge cookbook, but there is some variety in the recipes, with several Asian and Indian recipes alongside Italian and Latin American inspired dishes, and some classic North American ones too. 

Purchase:  AMAZON

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