Thursday, April 3, 2014

Review: March's Cookbook of the Month

Gluten-Free, Hassle Free, Second Edition

A Simple, Sane, Dietitian-Approved Program For Eating Your Way Back to Health

Marlisa Brown, MS, RD, CDE, CDN

Gluten-Free, Hassle Free is a simple, friendly, easy-to-follow guide packed with everything you need to know to live gluten-free, including delicious recipes, and practical solutions, strategies, and shortcuts. A registered dietician and chef, Marlisa Brown makes going gluten-free a snap. Completely revised and updated throughout and filled with new material, this edition includes:
Over 150 quick and easy recipes, with nutritional information, including gluten-free holiday classics.
How to stock a gluten-free kitchen. If your child is gluten-free: practical advice, nutritious meals and tasty treats.

Quick and easy substitutions to make your favorite foods gluten-free. How to read and translate current labels-and how to find the hidden gluten in food. Tips for eating out and on the go, including fast food options. Gluten-free products and where to find them. How to eat a balanced gluten-free diet. Advice for dining out at home and abroad. Plus more meal plans, shopping lists, safe food lists, tips for creating your own gluten-free meals and much more (Description from NetGalley.)

Celiac Baby's Review

I chose this book because I liked the idea of having a cookbook written by a dietitian. It can be difficult for those eating gluten free to get all the necessary vitamins and nutrients, especially when starting out. 150 simple recipes make it a great resource when looking for simple, easy-to-prepare meals.

I think this book's real strength comes from the advice on how to eat a balanced diet. It's increasingly easy to find gluten free substitutes for almost any food (at a premium, of course), but those foods are not always fortified, and don't necessarily provide the nutrition you need to stay healthy. The advice from the author, Marlisa Brown, on how to eat well is a valuable resource for readers.

I found the recipes easy to follow, and many involve simply substituting one or two ingredients to turn a classic dish into a gluten free version.

This is a great resource for beginners, but also has useful information for those who have been eating gluten free for a while.

I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review. 

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