While I don’t claim to be a book critic I will say this is one book that I’ll be referring to quite a bit. When I was asked to write a review by Christi Silbaugh, author of Mom, What’s for Dinner I must say I was a little skeptical. Living with celiac disease I wondered how could she understand, truly understand, what I would need someone living with Celiac Disease. But after flipping through the first few pages of Gluten-Free Made Easy I could tell she got it!
Gluten-Free Made Easy is a book for all the gluten-free eaters and health enthusiasts everywhere. It is formatted very similar to other gluten-free cook books I have seen. The book helps explain: what is gluten, where is gluten hidden, where do I find gluten ingredients and how can I fit gluten-free into my budget. In addition there are tips and tricks all through the book such as:
- on pg 49: “The Batter Barrier: Gluten-free batter is sometimes thicker, sometimes thinner and always different than traditional batter. It will take time to get accustomed to the texture of gluten-free flours. For now, trust the recipe.”
- on pg 145: “The secret to moist fish. An over cooked fish is a dry fish. It is best to remove the fish from the oven when it’s jucy and has changed color…. if the fish starts to brown… it is probably overdone.”
- on page 6: “Try restaurants with a large number of gluten-free dishes such as Mexican, Chinese, Indian, and other ethnic cuisines.”
This cookbook is very easy to understand, the directions are simple and many of the ingredients are things I already had around my house. I also like that the recipes don’t rely on hand making everything from scratch with 10-12 different steps. The recipes reference a lot of really good gluten-free products and they seem like great recipes for children on gluten-free diets.
I made the Potatoes Au Gratin (p158) and Dry Rubbed Tilapia (p142). They were DELICIOUS! and I can’t wait to try the Homemade Baked Tater Tots (p73), Italian Sausage Lasagna Cups (p93) and the Cauliflower Pizza Crust (p99).
The pictures are beautiful; at first glance I was immediately hungry. While I love this book I do have a few critiques:
- The calorie and fat counts are not posted and many of the items seem high in fat and calories.
- Since many people are gluten-free and dairy-free it would have been nice to include some dairy substitute ideas.
- It would be nice to see the overall preparation times at the top so people can pick recipes based on time allotted (It took close to 1 and a half hours to prepare the Potatoes Au Gratin).
The book is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Books and Things. I recommend it for you and your family.