There's no getting around the fact that someone following the gluten-free diet usually needs to do a lot more cooking than average ... and good gluten-free cookbooks come in really handy. Fortunately, with the growing popularity of gluten-free lifestyles, author/chefs and publishers have teamed to produce some truly excellent gluten-free cookbooks. Here's a sampling of what's available:
1. Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free
Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free, by Karen Morgan, is easily one of the most beautiful cookbooks I've ever seen ... and the recipes taste as good as they look, too. If you've pretty much mastered the basics of gluten-free baking, this collection of recipes can help you take your creations to the next level.
2. Deliciously G-Free
Deliciously G-Free, by celebrity and celiac Elisabeth Hasselbeck, is targeted at families, with recipes like chicken fingers and chocolate pudding. Although Hasselbeck ventures out of this family comfort zone with a few creations, most would best suit someone who's brand-new to the gluten-free diet ... and who has a bunch of hungry kids to feed.
3. Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen
Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen, by Laura B. Russell, focuses exclusively on the wonderful ethnic cuisines found in Thailand, Korea, China, Japan and Vietnam. Although many of the dishes prepared in those places are naturally gluten-free, Russell explains Asian ingredients and shows how to make perfectly safe gluten-free Asian meals using authentic ingredients you might find in an Asian market.
4. Gluten-Free Cupcakes
Gluten-Free Cupcakes, the second collection from chef and blogger Elana Amsterdam, continues on the tradition of low-carb, gluten-free recipes by offering multiple cupcake recipes based on coconut flour and almond flour. Amsterdam avoids refined sugar, preferring substitutes such as agave syrup, and uses no grain flours in her recipes. The results are excellent.
5. Gluten-Free In Five Minutes
Gluten-Free In Five Minutes, by Roben Ryberg, lets you create individually-sized gluten-free breads, quickbreads and cakes in just five minutes literally using your microwave. While the recipes don't produce perfect gluten-free baked goods, they do work ... and they're loads of fun, especially for older kids to make themselves. The book offers 123 recipes, and provides different versions of various recipes in order to eliminate other common allergens, such as corn.
6. Gluten-Free Makeovers
Gluten-Free Makeovers, by Gluten-Free Pantry founder Beth Hillson, gives you the opportunity to recreate favorite foods like croissants and puff pastry gluten-free. The recipes are fairly complex but not as difficult as you might think for example, here's Beth's recipe for gluten-free French bread, which is almost as dense and chewy as regular French bread. If you miss good bread and pastries, this cookbook can help.
7. Quick-Fix Gluten Free
Quick-Fix Gluten Free, by Robert M. Landolphi, aims to get you in and out of the kitchen quickly each recipe can be prepared in 30 minutes or less (although if you're a slow cook like me, they might take you 45 minutes to an hour). The collection contains gluten-free versions both of old favorites such as fish and chips, plus some interesting new dishes, such as Bard's Gold beer brownies (made with gluten-free beer).