Friday, September 6, 2013

Book Review: The Celiac Cookbook: Wonderful Wheat-Free Recipes for the Whole Family

The Celiac Cookbook: Wonderful Wheat-Free Recipes 
for the Whole Family
Blue Star Books
Publishing Date:  April 30th 2013
ISBN: 9781938568336

Amazon Synopsis:

Designed with the family in mind after years of perseverance in the kitchen, this collection of over 300 recipes offers delicious gluten-free foods without sacrificing flavor.
‘The Celiac Cookbook’ uses simple recipes with common ingredients for both special occasions and everyday cooking. Variations on classic recipes—as well as traditional dishes—abound, giving those with gluten intolerance choices suited to the tastes of even the most discernible palates. 
This cookbook presents dishes inspired by Asian, Italian, and Mexican cuisine like frittatas, orange beef stir-fry, black bean enchiladas, and pizza, with desserts like apple pie, homemade ice cream, mints and much, much more, all without wheat!
With ‘The Celiac Cookbook,’ discover alternative grains that offer better nutritional content and added health benefits, gluten-free cooking tips, and baking aids. In addition, you’ll find helpful information about celiac disease and resources for the gluten intolerant.

My Thoughts:

Brownie Bites
This is a cookbook for those who are on gluten-free diets. It begins with a wealth of information on facts, symptoms, associated conditions, and common misdiagnoses related to Celiac disease. Resources to support groups and organizations that can provide more information are included. To complete the information on Celiac disease is a thorough section on gluten-free grains and flour mixes with recipes for the mixes.

Lemon Bars
Also included are a variety of dairy-free and dairy-and-egg-free recipes for those who are unable to eat dairy and/or egg.

There are recipes in this cookbook for just about every category you can think of. Each of these recipes contains only ingredients that are commonly found in most kitchens. I liked this because it means no special trips to the grocery store for specialty ingredients. The recipes are simple and easy to prepare.

Savoury Sausage and Squash Soup
 and Chili Lime Chicken
I love cookbooks. One of the things I love the most are the pictures that attract the cook to try the recipe. Sadly, there were no pictures in this cookbook but I have included a few pictures of the recipes that I tested.

In reviewing this cookbook, I felt that it was important to test out at least a few of them. I found the recipes to be tasty and easy to prepare. The only issue I had with the recipes was that the ingredients were not listed in any particular order. This made it easy to miss an item when adding them to the recipe. The instructions for preparation of the foods were easy to follow.

Overall, I think this was an excellent cookbook. I would highly recommend this cookbook for everyone whether they require a gluten-free diet or not.

I gave this book a rating of 4.

I received this book from Book Hub Inc. in exchange for a fair and honest review. A free product does not influence my review. All thoughts are my own.

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