If you’re like me, you like to collect lots of gluten-free cookbooks. The most recent book, Gluten-Free Made Easy, is a new one that I’m happy to have in my collection.
The authors of this cookbook — Christi Silbaugh and Michele Vilseck — provide a delicious collection of recipes that are safe for those with celiac disease. And for people that think gluten-free food has to be overly healthy and bland, this book definitely proves otherwise.
For example, decadent selections including red velvet pancakes, garlic parmesan linguine, “kung fu” korean beef, creamy potato soup and pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls open up a whole world of food that’s often forbidden because of the gluten content. The gorgeous pictures in the book alone are enough to make you feel like you’re cheating.
New to the Gluten-Free Community?
If you’re just getting started, I highly recommend this cookbook. The authors include many essential resources that help you prepare safe and delicious foods. The “FAQ Section,” for instance, contains the following topics:
- What Do I Eat Now?
- Where is Gluten Hiding?
- Where Do You Go When You Go Out?
- Where Are the Best Gluten-Free Recipes?
- How Do I Use All These New Ingredients?
- Where Do I Find Gluten-Free Products?
- How Can I Fit a Gluten-Free Diet Into My Budget?
And you definitely want to check out the “Resources” section:
- Tips Toolbox
- Unlocking the Secrets of Gluten-Free Flours
- Getting Started Shopping
- Substitution Solutions
- Our Favorite Products
- Helpful Websites
Even if you’ve been gluten free for awhile, you’ll still get a lot of good information. I found the gluten-free flours section, in particular, to be especially helpful. This section describes different flour blends, such as self-rising flour or panko-style bread crumbs, how to make them and when to use them for recipes in the book.
Over 150 Recipes
This book breaks recipes down into eight categories:
- Bring on the Breakfast
- Fabulous Finger Foods
- Pasta and Pizza, No Problem
- Main Dishes Made Easy
- Simple Sides and Sauces
- Serve ’em Up! Soups and Salads
- Welcome Back, Bread
- Déjà Vu Desserts
If you have kids, they’re going to love being able to eat so many kinds of foods again. And personally, I can’t wait to make the broccoli beef and avocado cream cheese cookies.
Is This Book for You?
For people following a specific diet, such as The Virgin Diet or a low glycemic meal plan, substitutions need to be made. For instance, some of these recipes call for sugar so you’ll have to find an alternative that works for you.
If you’re allergic to soy, you’ll also need to make some ingredient swaps; however, the author does provide soy alternatives. For example, coconut aminos are listed as a replacement for soy sauce.
Lastly, these recipes don’t include a calorie count or other nutrition information. If you want to be bikini ready by summer, you’ll have to be mindful of what you choose to cook and eat. On page 1, the book reads as follows:
This book does not claim to offer comprehensive nutritional advice. Frankly, that is a complicated arena that I don’t want to step into. Instead, this book offers tips, tricks, and recipes to help anyone live a gluten-free life (Silbaugh, Vilseck, 1).
What I Like Most about This Gluten-Free Cookbook
I love discovering new meal ideas and this book definitely delivers. Looking at all the recipes, you really understand that nothing is off limits because pretty much anything can be made without the gluten.
But what I really enjoy is that you can get inspired by a recipe and then easily shop for the ingredients. Most, if not all, recipe items should be available in regular stores.
Where to Buy Gluten-Free Made Easy
Disclosure: Cedar Fort Publishing provided me with a free copy of Gluten-Free Made Easy. All opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are 100% honest and not influenced by any form of compensation.