Food -- especially gluten-free food -- is so much better when you make it yourself. So if you're looking for gift ideas this holiday season -- either for yourself or for someone close to you who follows the gluten-free diet -- I don't think you can go wrong with a gluten-free cookbook. And fortunately, there are several excellent new recipe collections out from which to choose.
Looking for tasty, relatively quick-to-prepare recipes? Try Quick-Fix Gluten Free, by Robert M. Landolphi. The book includes some old standards (think: fish and chips) prepared gluten-free, plus some truly unusual recipe ideas (brownies made with gluten-free beer).
Meanwhile, Gluten-Free Makeovers, by Beth Hillson (founder of baking mix company Gluten-Free Pantry), provides a great collection of recipes to produce foods you may wish you could recreate gluten-free. For example, the cookbook includes recipes for croissants and gluten-free Goldfish crackers.
The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen, by Laura B. Russell, focuses exclusively on dishes from Asian cuisines, including Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese. This volume also includes a very useful guide to buying the unusual gluten-free ingredients that are used to create the dishes.
Finally, Gluten-Free in Five Minutes, by Roben Ryberg, allows you to "bake" gluten-free English muffins, quick breads, cakes and other bakery items in your microwave ... yes, in five minutes or less. This is a great cookbook if you have gluten-free kids, because they can use it to create their own snacks.
All in all, if a cookbook would fit onto your gift list, you really can't go wrong with one of these.