Tuesday, July 30, 2013

July Cookbook Review: The Everything Gluten Free College Cookbook

The Everything Gluten-Free College Cookbookby

Food that fits your life! Worried about living gluten-fee while you're away at college? Of course, most dining halls have gluten-free options, but sometimes the best way to be sure a dish is truly gluten-free--and delicious--is to cook it yourself. With "The Everything Gluten-Free College Cookbook," you can easily create your favorite dishes or try something new, like: Banana chocolate chip scones Cinnamon raisin french toast Cheesiest macaroni and cheese Curried chicken salad Mexican quesadillas Chewy granola bars Microwave shrimp scampi Ginger-orange chicken breast Molten lava dark chocolate cake Soft gingersnap cookies. Even if you're an inexperienced cook, you can master any one of these 300 easy recipes. From hearty, healthy breakfasts and crowd-pleasing snacks to healthy ideas for the midnight munchies, you'll find everything you need to satisfy your cravings and fit your dietary needs!

Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
Publication Date: June 18, 2013
I was very surprised by the range of recipes in this book.  I had visions of the typical college cookbook with 20 different ways to make pizza and burgers, but was happy to see that the author did not talk down to college students or assume that they wouldn't be interested in healthier recipes, or even recipes that might take a little more effort to make from time to time.
I tried out the Savory Sausage and Rice, the Breakfast Salad, Mini Quiches, Spring Roll Salad, Pineapple Coconut Smoothie, Three Bean Cassoulet, Citrus Steamed Carrots.
This cookbook has more categories than many cookbooks I've used before, including study snacks, microwave meals, special occasions, breakfast, lunch, mains, desserts, and vegetarian options to name a few. Though there aren't photos (at least not in the ebook edition I have), the instructions are clear and the ingredients are easy to find. Every recipe I tried turned out well, and there are so many I've bookmarked to try in the future I would say that this book is definitely a keeper.
I enjoyed the range of recipes available, and I honestly think that this would make a great cookbook for anyone to have around, not just a college student. There are recipes that serve one, perfect for a single person living alone, and recipe for a crowd, but many recipes can be adapted to suit however many people need to be fed. All the recipes easily served my family.
Verdict: This cookbook is worth the money. The recipes range from simple to moderate in terms of level of difficulty, but there are enough variations here to please almost any eater, and the instructions are pretty simple to follow.

1 comment :

  1. Kathleen, I truly cannot thank you enough for this honest and thoughtful review. THANK YOU so much for trying so many recipes and really putting your heart into this review. I'm so happy you really enjoyed the book and felt like it gives college students a wide variety of recipes and dishes to make, that's what I was going for. I wanted variety, I wanted basic cooking lessons, I wanted a little fun too! Thank you so much for being able to see my vision and I'm so very appreciative for your thoughts! Much love! -- Carrie S. Forbes, author