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Poll: What's Your Favorite gluten-free Cookbook?

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Have done a little research on this subject, and the Bette Hagman cookbooks seem to be the highly recommended. Just purchased her Fast and Healthy cookbook.

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The Gluten Free Gourmet (Bette Hagaman) is often recommended. I have a couple of her books, and find that I don't use them very often as she likes to use gelatin (which I don't usually have) and dry milk powder (I've been off dairy). Mostly, I adapt recipes I want to try myself, and rely on a couple allergy cookbooks (The Self-Help Allergy Cookbook, and Allergy Free Cooking).

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you have to try The Gluten Free Gourmet like everyone else is recommending. I am a regular baker and come from many generations of bakers and love it. It is an investment to do gluten free baking yourself and it is time consuming, however it is rewarding. I found when I was not baking gluten-free I would messup and eat stuff out in restaurants and bakeries that I shoudn't have been simply because I had such huge cravings. Now that I bake all of my own bread and desserts I don't even flinch or get jealous of others eating baked goods in cafes, ect. I normally bake gourmet type stuff and some comfort stuff too, and these books provide it all.

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Thought I would suggest a few of my favourite gluten-free cookbooks. Just like in gluten cooking there are gluten-free chefs that have a speciality in making certain types of dishes. Most people can cook, but can they really cook? I prefer to buy a gluten-free cookbook where the author has not just gluten-free the ingredients, but is really knowledge about baking, cooking overall and takes nutrition into account when preparing food.

Favourite gluten-free Cookbooks

Bread

Bread, Buns and Breakfast by Lola Workman www.wheatfreeworld.com.au

Lola is an Australian author. Try the Butternut bread, Seeded country loaf and Yeast-free saddle loaf etc. Bought my copy at Dymocks. She is an Australian author. She makes use of gelatine instead of xanthan & guar gum and does not make use of soy flour so this is a big plus point. Probably one of the best current gluten-free bread cookbooks available in my opinion.

http://www.wheatfreeworld.com.au/New%20Lay...20Pgs/INDEX.htm

The gluten-free gourmet bakes bread by Bette Hagman

She is the guru of gluten free cooking in USA. She uses four different flour mixes in her baking. I think every gluten-free kitchen should have at least one of her cookbooks. She helps you understand the basics behind gluten free cooking, this comes in really handy when you start gfing your gluten recipes. She has a great buns/rolls recipe, Sweet potato – cranberry bread and Cinnamon - nut bread etc.

The best Gluten-free family cookbook by Donna Washburn & Heather Butt

125 Gluten-free recipes by Donna Washburn & Heather Butt

I have both books they have some great bread recipes, muffins, cookies and a few meal ideas in. Would say that they focus more on the baking side though and less on the everyday meals. They alternate using alternative gluten free flours so you get a large variety of flours you can use to bake with. Their Rosemary Scones topped with caramelized onions, Nanaimo Bars, Focaccia, Henk’s flax Bread and Triple –Threat _Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies etc

Cookies & Cakes & Desserts

Definitely also place Carol Fenster books under this category.

Gluten free baking by Rebecca Reilly

If I ever want to impress a person with my gluten free baking out comes Rebecca Reilly’s book. Her cakes and cookies present like delicatessen cakes & cookies and the gluten eating guest never guesses that the food is gluten free. Everybody always wants the recipe afterwards. Her gluten pastry is the best, don’t think any other gluten-free chef has matched her so far. Be the first to buy her book if she does another. Her mint bars are great, the black forest cake is a real treasure etc are fantastic treats. Fantastic book to win over the gluten eating part of the family to enjoying gluten free food. The recipes really work well.

The gluten free kitchen by Roben Ryberg

It is a fabulous book if you can eat corn and potatoes. Her recipes are all very easy to follow and remind me of my grandmother’s kitchen. Her Snickerdoodles, gingerbread and simply sinful chocolate cake etc are yum it is just a pity the scale does not agree. You can use her recipes with an alternative flour mix and they still work really well.

Wheat free, gluten free dessert cookbook by Connie Sarros

She uses gluten free egg mayonnaise in her recipes found it at first really odd, but it works really well if you try it. She has a delightful selection of desserts, cakes and cookies it will be a while before you run out of ideas. Try the Swiss stars, Greek rice halva, Apple cake from Finland etc.

Every day cooking

Gluten free 101 by Carol Fenster www.savorypalate.com

Wheat- Free recipes & Menus by Carol Fenster

Cooking free by Carol Fenster

I have all three off her books think they are a fantastic buy. Carol has provided in the back of each of her books a fabulous appendix that provides substitutions for problem ingredients. Her pizza crust recipe is def the best, her pumpernickel bread is really really good. She also provides a list of hidden gluten and diary. Found her most recent book Cooking free extremely handy as it provides alternatives to sugar, dairy & eggs. I don’t have an egg problem ,but the sugar and the diary are things I need to watch out for. All three her books are great all rounders. Her last two books are great reference guides. I use her flour mix in Cooking free to bake with think it is the best in my opinion.

The best-ever wheat and gluten-free baking book by Mary Ann Weinniger and Mace Winniger

A recent addition that I bought. Got a great selection of breads, muffins, cookies and more. I enjoy the different selection of gluten free flours they use. They tend to make use of a number of different nut flours in their recipes that gives the baked goods lovely texture & flavour. I use the maltabella porridge as a replacement for the sorghum flour works as a great replacement, much cheaper than having to buy sorghum flour over the web. Try the Amaranth Applesauce Pancakes, Quinoa Morning muffins, Quinoa Applesauce cookies, Nitty gritty cookies etc. Most of the recipes focus on being healthy and are delicious at the same time.

Wheat-free, Gluten-free, Reduced –Calorie Cookbook by Connie Sarros

If you tired of your own gluten free cooking Connie has some fabulous everyday meal ideas that help you get into the swing of preparing gluten free meals that are tasty ,but interesting. She mostly focuses on meals breakfast, lunch and dinner in this book has a few desserts. Your family will never even know they eating gluten free. Mexican Chicken, Thai rice ball salad, Grecian Stewed Baked fish, Grecian Dilled Shrimp, Jamaican chicken, Finnish Seafood soup etc.

Allergy Cookbooks

The tolerant cook: The Allergy and food intolerance cookbook by Tish Richardson Phd www.intoleranz.com.au

Tish is an Australian author. She has written a fantastic cookbook you won’t have a boring meal. The appendix is fabulous as she highlights where gluten-free products can be bought in Australia. This cookbook makes your tastebuds come alive. Who said you ever had to have boring tasteless food if you had a number of food allergies. This book accommodates gluten, dairy, egg, peanut, soy, garlic, and onion free cooking. If you only need to follow a gluten free diet and have no food allergies this book is still a real bargain. I have used many of her food suggestion like bonito flakes in other gluten free recipes. It is really difficult to choose a few favourites in this book as so many of the dishes are a real treat to your tastes buds. The recipes are easy to follow even a beginner could easily follow the recipes with great success. If she brings out another book I will happily buy it. She is really talented and very practical with her advice. The ingredients are also really easy to get hold of. She has some great suggestions for sauces that can be used in everyday life. She has a lovely selection of recipes for meals and desserts She really puts the joy back into cooking. Try the chicken tangine, toasted sesame –seed coated avocado and almond balls, wonton, mezzelune and ravioli wrappers, sesame and tahini cake, quandong, lemon and roast almond flan, BBQ leg of lamb ‘marinade’, Vietnamese mint pesto, Laksa paste, prawn & pumpkin curry and many more.

The allergy self-help cookbook by Marjorie Jones

Is a real lifesaver it has many practical ideas if you have food intolerances or allergies or need to follow a rotation diet and at the same time they taste really good too. She accommodates people with the following allergy requirements corn-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, wheat-free, egg-free, milk-free, soy-free, yeast-free. Her book is a good all-rounder from sauces, dips, to everyday meals to desserts. Try the Dairy free “sour cream”, Grain-free ginger bread, Grain-free pancakes, Three-seed pancakes and Easy curry, pumpkin butter (ps: it is dairy free, but really tasty).

The AiA Gluten & Dairy free Cookbook by Marilyn Le Breton

This book has been a fantastic find as it accommodates people with intolerance to dairy, corn, egg, fruit, soya, sugar, tomato and yeast. The recipes are easy to follow, really simple, practical, tasty and can be prepared really quickly. This is a good all-rounder book for meals, cookies and cakes. The book even has some recipes for kids’ activities. The porcupine meatballs have become a family favourite. Try the Cajun Chicken fettuccine, Parsnip, lentil and coconut soup, Indian Carrot cake, breakfast cinnamon rolls etc

The yeast connection cookbook: A guide to good nutrition, better health and weight management by William G . Crook, M.D. & Marjorie Hurt Jones , R. N.

This is not a gluten-free cookbook, but they make use of a number of gluten free flours and in general 98% recipes are gluten free. It is a great book if you have a problem with yeast as it provides some really interesting and practical alternatives. If you are not sure yet about the flours that you can’t use on a gluten free diet I would not suggest you buy this book as it may cause confusion. On a gluten free diet we can’t eat oats, rye, barley, wheat, spelt, kamut and triticale. The Amaranth Soda bread, Quinoa Crackers, Avocado –grapefruit dressing great alternative to mayonnaise, Waffle poultry stuffing, Quinoa applesauce bread, Sunny Apple sandwiches etc. Great book if you have a problem with Candida. She explains how you can bake with unbuffered C Crystals and baking soda combined as a substitution for baking powder.

PS: I’m in no way financially connected to the selling of the above books. I just enjoy baking and collecting cookbooks.

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I love my Bette Hagman books, but I have many wheat/gluten-free cook books and I adapt recipes from my non gluten-free cookbooks also.

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I have to admit, my favorite cookbooks aren't gluten-free at all. They are my 15 minute Low Carb cookbook from Better Homes and Gardens and Cook it Quick from Weight Watchers (and the WW low carb cookbook as well) Low carb recipes are the easiest things to adapt to be gluten-free, as they tend to be a lot of meat and veggies. I actually only own one gluten-free cookbook, and it was a gift from a friend. It's called the Best Ever Wheat and Gluten Free Baking Book. There are *lots* of baked goods recipes in it. I've not tried many as most are rice flour based, but now that I'm starting to get my own mix of gluten-free flour together, I might start digging through it and see how I do.

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Tiffany

Who is the auther of Allergy free cooking ? Did you buy it of amazon .com ?

the two allergy cookbooks I have:

Allergy Friendly Food: The Essential Guide to Avoiding Allergens, Additives, and Problem Chemicals by Dr. Anne R Swain, Dr. Velencia L Soutter, and Dr. Robert H Loblay.

The Allergy Self-Help Cookbook by Marjorie Hurt Jones, RN.

I also like The Complete Book of Raw Food" by Baird Rodwell for some tasty alternatives. :-)

If I did more baking, or a different type of baking, I might look into something different, but those are the ones I generally use. I find too many of the other gluten-free cookbooks (and some of the regular cookbooks) I have use too much sugar and fat for my cooking preferences. (I'm not all about low-sugar or low-fat, but I'm a fan of moderation. ;-) )

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the two allergy cookbooks I have:

Allergy Friendly Food: The Essential Guide to Avoiding Allergens, Additives, and Problem Chemicals by Dr. Anne R Swain, Dr. Velencia L Soutter, and Dr. Robert H Loblay.

The Allergy Self-Help Cookbook by Marjorie Hurt Jones, RN.

I also like The Complete Book of Raw Food" by Baird Rodwell for some tasty alternatives. :-)

If I did more baking, or a different type of baking, I might look into something different, but those are the ones I generally use. I find too many of the other gluten-free cookbooks (and some of the regular cookbooks) I have use too much sugar and fat for my cooking preferences. (I'm not all about low-sugar or low-fat, but I'm a fan of moderation. ;-) )

Thank you Tiffany. Where did you buy Allergy Friendly Food: The Essential Guide to Avoiding Allergens, Additives, and Problem Chemicals and The Complete Book of Raw Food ? Just wondering as I live in Oz and thend to buy most of my books over the web as I can't get some of the books in Oz. I would not mind possibly getting the above two. :D

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Thank you Tiffany. Where did you buy Allergy Friendly Food: The Essential Guide to Avoiding Allergens, Additives, and Problem Chemicals and The Complete Book of Raw Food ? Just wondering as I live in Oz and thend to buy most of my books over the web as I can't get some of the books in Oz. I would not mind possibly getting the above two. :D

I think I got both of them at my local book store, but amazon has them as well.

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My favorite gluten free cookbook is "The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Fast and Healthy: Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free with Less Fuss and Less Fat" by Bette Hagman. The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain also seems to have a lot of good recipes. I just recieved the book for Christmas and I'm excited to try some of the recipes! I've already tried one recipe and it was great!

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