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My three daughters (9, 14 and 16) and I were recently diagnosed as celiac. My husband is not, but is heroically going gluten-free with us, starting this weekend, after the 16-y.o.'s endoscopy.

My question: What are some of your favorite cook books to get me started? I love to cook and am pretty confident in the kitchen; I do a lot of my cooking from scratch and I have lots of good equipment (which is all going to be scrubbed thoroughly before I start cooking gluten-free!).

I'm in need of more family stuff, though, rather than gourmet-type recipes. Any suggestions?

Thanks!

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Lots of food is gluten-free or easy to switch to gluten-free. Look on the what's for dinner thread, too. You can check some out from the library to see if you like them, too.

Check this thread for last week

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Everyone has a different idea of family stuff...

I've had best luck not trying to "convert" meals but just prepare without gluten. So lots of roasted, baked, grilled meats and veggies.

I also like dirty rice, and my steak and gravy and roux recipes convert easily with one change - sweet rice flour instead of wheat flour.

If you have a new gluten-free person (healing) you'll probably need to keep it simple, anyway.

Rice pastas bake better than mixed grain (corn/quinoa), and I like mixed grain pasta better for eating with sauce. But everyone is different!

I don't have gluten-free recipes (except baking), I just find recipes I like and choose the naturally gluten-free ones.

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I like the clean eating magazine. You can tweak it to get the gluten out. That is the best I've seen.

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Thanks, everybody! Good suggestions. I'm reading reviews on Amazon, too.

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I just got the Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam. I'm loving it! Made her snickerdoodles the other day with some substitutions (coconut oil for grapeseed oil) and they were amazing. I like that she doesn't tend to use long lists of ingredients in her recipes so they go together really fast. She also has a website - www.elanaspantry.com.

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If you live near a Whole Foods, big natural foods store, or Barnes & Noble go by and browse. I am very picky about my cookbooks...and although Amazon gives me ideas I am usually disappointed if I don't screen it first.

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I just got the Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam. I'm loving it! Made her snickerdoodles the other day with some substitutions (coconut oil for grapeseed oil) and they were amazing. I like that she doesn't tend to use long lists of ingredients in her recipes so they go together really fast. She also has a website - www.elanaspantry.com.

Love using almond flour. I make waffles with it and brownies.

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I just got the Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam. I'm loving it! Made her snickerdoodles the other day with some substitutions (coconut oil for grapeseed oil) and they were amazing. I like that she doesn't tend to use long lists of ingredients in her recipes so they go together really fast. She also has a website - www.elanaspantry.com.

That cookbook is one of my favorites, I use the book and her website for pretty much all my baking.

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In addition to strictly gluten-free cookbooks, I'd also recommend looking into cookbooks that feature the cuisine of non-Western cultures. I'd especially recommend an Indian cookbook. Madhur Jaffrey's are great, especially the one that features meals in less than thirty minutes.

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Elizabeth Hasselbeck has another gluten free cookbook that just came out.

Deliciously gluten-free: Food So Flavorful They'll Never Believe It's Gluten-Free

I haven't tried it yet but has gotten some good reviews on Amazon:

http://www.(Company Name Removed - They Spammed This Forum and are Banned)/Deliciously-gluten-free-Flavorful-Gluten-Free-ebook/dp/B004W3FJ0C

I'm going to check my Costco to see if it's cheaper than the $18.00 Amazon price.

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I for one will never buy a book by Elizabeth Hasselbeck.

I'm not sure how important it is to buy a regular cookbook for gluten-free cooking as so many recipes in cookbooks you probably already own are either inherently gluten-free or can easily be made gluten-free. An exception, of course, would be baked goods.

With the proliferation of gluten-free blogs and other recipe websites, that would be a good place to start.

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My favorite books have been written by Bette Hagman, Carol Fenster, and Annalise Roberts.

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I, too would never buy Elizabeth Hasselback's cookbook. She always has one foot in her mouth when she talks about being gluten-free....

I love annalise roberts cookbook "Baking Classics". I have about twenty cookbooks & I find a couple of favorites out of all of them....

I think with family homestyle everyday meals just do as you do at present..You need to stay away from any coatings, marinades, rubs& injection of meats .. Go for naked meats, veggies & season your own with gluten-free... McCormicks labels...

For sweets go for a better flour blend & you can mostly use your favorite recipes... Here are a few better flour blends:

BetterBatter (also tons of recipes on that site)

Jules

Meister's

Tom Sawyer

cup4cup

betty hageman (several blends)

authenic flour (several blends)

Be sure to check out the big online store...A___ ____ _____ ____ _____... I'm not sure if we are allowed to mention it here on site...Pricing is good...

Some good mixes:

123 gluten free

anna Bread mixes

Pamela's

King Arthur

full flavor foods for sauces & gravies

celiacs pecialtes for croisssant rolls, donuts

conte's for ravioli, pierogi's

DePumas for high end tortellini, ravioli

everybody eats for ficeille rolls , baguetttes

Three Brothers bakers ( formally THe Grainless Baker)

Starfish for breaded fish( wild caught)

Bell & Evans chicken ( breaded nuggets, strips, italian & more.

Feel Good Foods for egg rolls, asian dumplings

Bi Aglut,orLeVenizanne for pasta

Schar

hth mamaw

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