Learning to eat gluten-free can be an alarming challenge, at the beginning. What can I eat? Do I need to throw out all my pots and pans? Will I ever eat bread again? If you're just learning to eat gluten-free, though, I hope you are so lucky as to have the sensible Elizabeth Barbone as your guide. Her new book is a calming and wonderfully reassuring place to begin your gluten-free journey.
• Who wrote it: Elizabeth Barbone (visit her website, Gluten-Free Baking)
• Who published it: Lake Isle Press
• Number of recipes: About 150
• Recipes for right now: Easy Herb Crackers, Bacon, Sweet Potato, and Onion Spinach Salad, Baked Ziti, Chicken and Cheesy Biscuit Casserole, Cheesecake Cups.
• Other highlights: Elizabeth's book's tagline is "Gluten-free, plain and simple." I think that's the perfect way to describe this book, which is spiral-bound and the perfect size and format for carrying straight into the kitchen. This book is clearly meant for folks who need to learn to cook — whether that's for the first time, or all over again, upon the diagnosis of celiac disease. This book doesn't tackle the fancy stuff — it builds a solid foundation of salads, soups, pastas, simple desserts, and breakfast dishes. There are instructions for building a good pantry, and for substituting out milk and eggs.
• Who would enjoy this book? Anyone looking to eat gluten-free, wherever they are in their journey of learning to eat this way. This book is a very practical and well-illustrated resource for cooking healthful, gluten-free meals, and organizing your kitchen and pantry as you learn.
How to Cook Gluten-Free: Over 150 Recipes That Really Work
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon
(Images: Faith Durand)