Friday, October 22, 2010

easy gluten-free"

The American Dietetic Association has a brand new cookbook, "easy gluten-free". Authors Tricia Thompson, M.S., R.D., and Marlisa Brown, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., C.D.N., have written more than a cookbook. This 271 page paperback begins with a forward by Gluten Free Girl Shauna James Ahern and includes many gluten free recipes in the middle section between a 37 page introduction to all things gluten free and a generous reference section at the back of the book.

easy gluten-free ($15.95) gives us a good cross-section of recipes for every meal, that include entrees, side dishes, snacks, dessert. There are fancy dishes, there are comfort foods, there are recipes that look long and complicated, and some that are short and simple. It's a good mix.

The table of contents is HERE.

Chapter 1, "I Have to Eat Gluten-Free. Now What?" is HERE.

No, some of the recipes aren't casein (milk) free, nut free, egg free, allergen free, although some recipes contain substitutions suggestions. There are quite a few that are allergen free. My GFCFSFer daughter looked through the book last night, unusual for her, and called to me in the next room to tell me about different recipes. She wants to make Mexican Pizza and baked onion rings, among other things.

For individuals who must rotate grains, there are recipes that use some of the more "unusual" grains, like quinoa, teff, and amaranth.

The negatives for me: There are no photos inside. The paperback is floppy and you'll need something to weight it down or hold open the pages as you cook from it. And here's a big pet peeve of mine: The URLs mentioned in chapter one are too difficult to find. No one wants to type two lines of characters to find an internet reference. I wound up going to the blog site and searching on key words rather than trying to type that too-long list of characters. Here's one example (which I went to the trouble to find and cut and paste for you - what a pain to type!): I looked for a shorter perma-link and could not locate one. Establishing a new blog via blogger to hold those posts for simple perma-links would have been easy to do.

I like this book. It's a good starter book for a newbie; it's a good book for anyone who might be entertaining and cooking for frends with gluten intolerance.

Wiley sent me this book so that I could review it on my blog. I am not paid for this review and am not obligated to provide a positive review.

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