Carol Fenster is one of the best known gluten-free cookbook authors in the gluten-free community. Carol’s last cookbook, 1000 Gluten-Free Recipes, is one of my favorite cookbooks. This new cookbook is a scaled down version with the basic and vital recipes compiled into less than 200 pages. The color pages & pictures make this cookbook really fun to peruse.
The introduction touches on Celiac Disease, what gluten is, allergies, autism and how to use the book. There are also kitchen safety tips, basic ingredients to keep on hand and a list of gluten-free flours. If you happen to be dairy-free in addition to gluten-free, there is a list of foods & brands that are both.
The book is divided into 5 sections – Breakfasts, Breads, and Muffins; Soups, Salads, and Snacks; Grains, Beans, and Pastas; Main Dishes; and Desserts. There are so many great recipes in this book – some of my favorites are Hush Puppies (though I have not made them yet, I loved them pre-gluten-free), Beet-Orange Salad with Cripsy Goat Cheese Rounds, Stuffed Trio of Sweet Peppers, Buttermilk Crumb Coffee Cake, and Frozen Margarita Pie. There are tips and other information throughout the book that seems to answer any questions that could arise from reading or preparing any of the recipes. The highly raved about pizza crust recipe is included and should be added to your weekly meal rotation.
Check out the Margarita Pie:
Carol’s website, Savory Palate, is a another great place for information. Want to work on your gluten-free cooking skills? You can join Carol September 18-25, 2010 for gluten-free cooking classes at Rancho La Puerta. How fun would that be?