Beth Hillson, founder of Gluten-Free Pantry and food editor of Living Without, has just debuted a new cookbook called Gluten-Free Makeovers. As you can probably guess, the book is full of recipes for dishes that most of us have missed since having to follow the gluten-free diet, but they have been converted to be gluten-free.
The forward is written by Jax Peters Lowell, author of Gluten-Free Bible. Lowell tells of a trade show she attended with Hillson where Julia Child’s taster samples the gluten-free brownies and declares them “magnifique”! She goes on to praise Hillson for making over dishes we all thought were too difficult to make gluten-free.
Hillson starts out by briefly touching on what Celiac Disease and the gluten-free diet are and then begins an explanation of gluten-free flours. She goes on to share several of her blends, which are used in recipes throughout the book. Hillson concludes this chapter by demonstrating how to makeover an Irish Tea Bread recipe.
One bread that I have missed dearly since going gluten-free is Challah bread. My grandmother made Challah bread when we were kids and that is what we ate all of our sandwiches on when we visited her each summer. The sandwich that stands out most in my mind is her meatloaf sandwich on Challah. Such a wonderful treat! Hillson has a recipe Challah bread that is easy to follow and will be the perfect base for any sandwich! Among the other recipes in the breads section are Croissants, Perfect Popovers and Peasant Pumperknickel with Raisins & Walnuts.
Missing wraps or flatbreads? There is a recipe that is not only gluten-free, but dairy-free, too! The recipe makes 12 wraps that can be stored for several days in the refrigerator. Goldfish crackers, Teddy Grahams, Pot Stickers? Yes, please! Hillson has recipes for them all. In addition to all of the recipes, there are also tips throughout the book to talk through some common baking and/or cooking issues. The back of the book is chock full of menu planning ideas, substitutions and resources.
The Pad Thai recipe was much easier than I thought it would be. I am almost embarrassed to admit that I was scared to make it! I will definitely be adding this recipe to my repertoire.
What food do you miss the most from your life before the gluten-free diet? Have you tried to make it gluten-free?
***This book was sent to me free of charge for review purposes. The opinion stated here is mine and has not been influenced by anyone or anything.