Book Review: Quinoa Cuisine
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Aug 30 2012

Book Review: Quinoa Cuisine

Quinoa is a naturally gluten-free grain-like seed that provides all 9 essential amino acids.  It is one of the most versatile food staples that I have added to my healthy gluten-free lifestyle.  Over the past year I have shared many ways that I enjoy quinoa:

It has become abundantly clear that I like to mix my food together in a bowl as opposed to keeping each item separate.

When I was asked if I would be interested in reviewing a quinoa cookbook, I was thrilled!  I am always open to trying new recipes, especially when they incorporate one of my favorite foods.  While I love to cook with quinoa, I have never cooked or baked with quinoa flour or flakes.

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Quinoa Cuisine is written by Jessica Harlan and Kelley Sparwasser.  The cookbook has 150 recipes featuring many different ways to prepare and enjoy quinoa. It is important to note that not all of the recipes in this book are gluten-free the way they are written, but could most likely be easily converted to be so.  The recipes are identified with icons for gluten-free and several other notations such as: 30 Minutes or Less, Vegetarian, Kid Friendly, etc.  I really enjoyed the Quinoa Caprese Salad and the Spinach & Parmesan Pilaf.

I plan on picking up some quinoa flour to try my hand at baking with it.  There are several recipes on my list to sample:

  • Maple Cake (quinoa flour)
  • Lemon-Glazed Pound Cake (sure to please Jon)
  • Funnel Cake Bites (uses both quinoa flour and flakes)
  • Poached Pears with Spiced Quinoa (quinoa)
  • Apple Cherry Trail Bars (uses quinoa and quinoa flakes)

Quinoa Cuisine is available on Amazon.com right now for $11.32 or $9.32 for the Kindle version.

I didn’t mention quinoa pasta anywhere above, but it is one of my favorite kinds of gluten-free pasta and there are several recipes in the book that incorporate it.  I think quinoa pasta most closely resembles “normal” pasta.

Do you like quinoa?  Have you baked with quinoa flour or flakes?  What is your favorite way to enjoy quinoa?

*This book was sent to me free of charge for review purposes.  The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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