July 1, 2010 by Flora Dawn
First of all, I must admit I am going to have to stop bad-mouthing all the gluten free cookbooks because it seems like there are quite a few really good ones available now. This is really great news for those of us learning to adjust to a gluten free lifestyle.
However, before you rush out to the book store you should really do some research, not all gluten free cookbook are created equal.
One of the great gluten free cookbooks available is Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking: More than 250 Great-tasting, From-scratch Recipes from Around the World, Perfect for Every Meal and for Anyone on a Gluten-free Diet–and Even Those Who Aren’t authored by the husband/wife team, Kelli and Peter Bronski. Although it appears rather small, it is packed with over 250 family friendly recipes.
Do make sure to get the second edition though, apparently there are some typos and things that needed corrected. If, however, you can only get the original, the authors offer the updated versions of the recipes at their website.
And don’t let the title intimidate you; they use the word Artisinal to simply describe that they cook from scratch, using good quality ingredients. Personally, I do not find their food philosophy nor recipes to be snobby or time consuming. These are just great, from scratch, gluten free recipes everyone is sure to love.
I like that this a true cookbook, not just a book about how to bake gluten free. Really, couldn’t we all just use one really good cookbook that contains all the basic gluten free recipes we need?
Unlike so many cookbooks, this book has a nice variety of recipes, everything from traditional breakfast items to exotic main dishes. There are even some mouth watering desserts and beverage recipes.
Like the majority of gluten free cookbooks, the authors’ have their own gluten free flour blend and it is used extensively throughout the book. The only ingredient I didn’t already have in my well stocked pantry was potato flour.
- The recipes are from scratch and flavorful. Most are fairly simple and not time consuming.
- Lots of vegetables and fruits used in the dishes.
- Truly a wide variety of recipes; making it a great choice for those just learning how to cook.
- The food tastes “normal.”
- Ingredients are pretty basic for the gluten free kitchen, nothing I have had trouble finding.
- Traditional from scratch recipes that many cookbooks omit like crepes, tortillas, and pasta dough.
- Bread, cookies, pancakes, brownies, orange chicken, rice…. every recipe I tried tasted really good.
- Although there are some photographs in the middle, they weren’t that impressive to me. The photo on the cover is gorgeous and the recipes work, so I guess I shouldn’t complain.
In a nutshell:
This is really nice gluten free cookbook containing family friendly recipes that everyone, even those not on a gluten free diet, will enjoy. I appreciate the authors’ philosophy of cooking from scratch, using local, fresh ingredients. I think food actually tastes better when made with this approach and it is very reminiscent of how our mothers, aunts, and grandmothers used to cook, only everything is gluten free. Do try and get the revised, second edition as several errors and omissions were corrected.