Great Gluten Free Cookbooks
When I first started eating a gluten-free diet, there were very few cookbooks available. Bette Hagman’s books were the first I ever found and hers are still the “go-to” books for many GF folks. Luckily, the bookstores and online booksellers now have a large selection of GF authors to choose from, and the number grows every day. In my experience, all the books that I have seen or bought for my own collection have their own perspective, or own focus, so I would recommend you do some homework before you start buying all the cookbooks you see that have yummy things on their covers.
Some books are just recipes with a bit of information in the beginning, some are more about the GF lifestyle, how to maneuver through the grocery aisles, etc. Even the cookbooks vary in the type of substitute flours they use. Some lean towards a more typical flour blend such as rice flour/tapioca flour/potato starch, some are geared towards using bean flours, sorghum, soy, and others. And yes, some books use several different blends, so there is a wide variety of choices as to the type of books that are available. Many of these authors also include a chapter, or sometimes several chapters, on making GF bread with bread machines.
Below are some of the titles that I have and use frequently.
Bette Hagman – The Gluten-Free Gourmet, More from the Gluten-Free Gourmet, The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Fast and Healthy, and The Gluten-Free Gourmet Makes Dessert. These books are dog-earred, yellow-paged, and covered with spills for a reason. They are a great resource for basic recipes that I have used for years, such as Cornbread, Popovers (yum!), Drop Scones (fabulous thick pancakes) and many more.
Donna Washburn and Heather Butt – 123 Best Gluten-Free Recipes and The Best Gluten-Free Family Cookbook. These authors are the ones to thank for my favorite pie crust recipe. It’s great for sweet treats, but it is also wonderful for Chicken Pot Pie.
Rebecca Reilly – Gluten-Free Baking. Fabulous recipes for cookies, quick breads, and other treats. Rebecca is a wonderful baker and a frequent contributor to Living Without Magazine. This book also includes lots of information about GF baking and resources for tools and supplies.
Richard J. Coppedge Jr., C.M.B. – Gluten-Free Baking with The Culinary Institute of America. This is the real deal. The C.M.B. stands for Certified Master Baker so if you want top notch information and recipes, take a look at this book. He uses a number of different flour blends so it’s a bit more complex, but I don’t think you’ll find any author who is more of an expert on this subject.
Phyllis Potts – Still Going Against The Grain. Many of these recipes are also dairy free.
Jax Peters Lowell – Against The Grain. Do yourself a favor and pick up any of this author’s books. Anyone having to deal with a special diet is really helped by having a sense of humor, and Jax includes a wonderful sense of humor in every book. Although this book includes a few recipes, it is really a great primer on eating GF. My favorite chapter is on attitude – it truly is everything! The chapters include learning how to traveling, eating in restaurants, the marketing of food, really figuring out what companies have some integrity in their nutritional information, and tons of resources.