Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tantalizing New Gluten-Free Cookbooks!

In the past week, a dozen or so new gluten-free and vegan cookbooks have come in to grace the shelves of our store. And while they all look delicious, there are three gluten-free cookbooks I think everyone (whether they need to eat a gluten-free diet or not) should check out!

The first, You Won't Believe It's Gluten-Free! (Roben Ryberg), has 500 recipes that range from every day to special event. Each recipe is easy to understand and is prefaced by a description of how the food should turn out and, in the event that the chef may be worried about the taste of the food (for instance, a tablespoon of cayenne being used!), a note regarding the taste has been included. There are very few pictures, unfortunately, but the descriptions and some entertaining facts along the way more than make up for it! Another helpful feature is including the main base of most recipes in italics after the title, for gluten-free chefs that are sensitive to more common substitutes (such as oats). After flipping through this book, there are more than a few recipes I'm sure I'll be trying out!

Annalise Roberts has two GF friendly books under her belt, we carry both, but Gluten-Free Baking Classics for the Bread Machine is the one that has sparked my interest (Gluten-Free Baking Classics is the other). And I'm pretty sure if you just read the title, you know why. Gluten-free baking for the BREAD MACHINE!!!!!! How exciting!!!! Both sandwich and breakfast breads are covered in this cookbook (as well as an informative forward about the flours and baking GF). So, before you put your bread machine on Craig's List or set it aside for family or a garage sale, come in and check this out! The Cinnamon Swirl bread looks amazing... As a side note, Ms. Roberts uses a Zojirushi bread machine, but it seems that the recipes should be easily transferable to other machines. Mmmmm... I can almost smell the warm bread now!

And finally, for those of us that are gluten intolerant and want to stay, or become, vegan, Susan O'Brien has come out with The Gluten-Free Vegan. There are 150 recipes ranging from breakfast bars to soups to meatless meatballs to simple fillings, condiments and pie crusts. There are even recipes for some unique beverages in here (the Peach & Raspberry and Protein Smoothies are making my mouth water). And don't get me started on the desserts!!! Puddings, tortes, cakes, cookies, brownies... I'm getting a cavity reading the recipes!
So come into the store, flip through these books and happy cooking!

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