Gluten Free Cookbooks
Updated November 20, 2016
Gluten free cookbooks are lifelines when it comes to learning how to cook all over again after that first diagnosis of Celiac Disease or Gluten Intolerance.
For me, the diagnosis was devastating; I had been in bed sick for six months all but crawling to the bathroom (sometimes I did). With all my other allergies recently diagnosed, I was paralyzed by the one for gluten intolerance because that left me next to nothing to eat.
As a Home Economist with a minor in nutrition and food science (nutrition is a hobby with me), I was gravely concerned about lacking the vital nutrient rich foods I needed in order to heal. Worse still, I was too sick to cope; there were no energy reserves to call upon to help myself.
How was I going to learn to cook all over again, let alone cook two different menus for each family meal?
Back in the ‘90’s there weren't many gluten-free packaged convenience foods to see me through while I conquered the new cooking learning curve. There was only a handful of gluten free cookbooks available, and of those, only a couple had a few recipes that addressed my other food allergies, dairy, eggs, soy, chocolate and caffeine.
I remember finding my first gluten free cookbook. I clung to it like my life depended on it; in a way it did.
While it took the better part of a year to learn how to cook again, and to develop a small repertoire of family pleasing recipes to ease the strain at the dinner hour, the insurmountable challenges paid off. By the end of that first year I had regained about 85% of my health, and in time more recovery came as I relentlessly battled my other chronic health issues.
Today, we are fortunate the world we live in has achieved a growing “gluten awareness”.
More gluten free foods, package labeling, outstanding websites and cookbooks make life much easier to navigate for those of us with dietary challenges.
It is with great pleasure I feature the works of talented cooks and authors who have dedicated so much of themselves to improve the plight of those with Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance.
Gluten Free Cookbooks
Gluten-free with No Apologies
By Amelia Cronic
"Gluten-free with No Apologies: Southern-style & comfort food recipes—taste so good you won’t have to apologize that they’re gluten-free! was written and produced by the mother/daughter team of Deberah Williams and Amelia Cronic. Cronic is a former counselor and mother of three, including one child with special needs and multiple allergies and one who is gluten-intolerant. She launched a quest several years ago to provide foods that met her childrens’ nutritional needs and that also tasted good. Deberah Williams, a graphic artist and experienced book and publication designer, began helping her come up with recipes, including southern family favorites handed down from generations of amazing cooks. At this point people began recommending they collaborate on a cookbook, and the idea is now a reality." Find out more about Amelia; read Becoming Gluten Free.
Sweet & Simple Gluten-free Baking: Irresistible Classics in 10 Ingredients or Less!
By Chrystal Carver
“As a full-time working mom, I am inspired to develop gluten-free recipes that are delicious, quick and easy. My recipes don't call for extravagant ingredients or labor-intensive steps. They use only one or two bowls, require less than 30 minutes to prepare and take less than one hour to bake. My motto: Have fun and keep it simple!” I’m crowning, Chrystal Carver, the queen of gluten free baking recipes! She has taken the local gluten-free scene by storm and is creating a positive buzz at the national level with her new cookbook. Some of the big players in the food world are sitting up and taking notice, including Gluten-free Living and Cooking Light. Intrigued by this dedicated baking dynamo, I asked Chrystal if she would share with us her family’s journey to gluten freedom. Find out more about Chrystal; read Gluten Free Baking Recipes-Chrystal Carver.
My Favorite Gluten Free Cookbooks
For your convenience, featured below are some of my favorite gluten free cookbooks. The selection meets various family needs for taste, texture, diet and cuisine.
Gluten Free Cookbooks