The one thing that I have come to realize in the past 6 months, since cooking and baking g-free for C, is that once you’ve understood some basic principles about what to avoid and what to use as substitutes for gluten-filled foods and where to find them, gluten free living can be relatively straightforward. The biggest change in our household is more fresh home cooking (sometimes eating out seems too big a deal, even though more and more restaurants offer gluten free menu items, and gluten-free convenience foods, although some of them are great, are a tad pricey). For many family meals, the good old cookbooks that we’ve been using for years still prove invaluable. My Jamie Oliver and Marie Claire cookbooks are still my favorites (it just takes a bit of time to pick out the recipes that are gluten free), but there are also some fantastic gluten free cookbooks out there that provide inspiration, information and insights.
Before going out and buying any books at all, I suggest that you spend time visiting the gluten free blogs that I list as links on my home page. There is a very solid gluten free blogging community out there that serves as a tremendous resource on all things gluten free with a vast array of recipes along the way.
When deciding which books to buy, use the Amazon ‘Look Inside’ function. This will allow you to get a sense of whether this book really is what you are looking for or not.
For a general introduction to being gluten free, for tips on how to eat out and where, recipes, lifestyle adjustments etc, ‘the gluten-free bible’ is great and really informative. My only criticism is that the wealth of information leaves you feeling that gluten-free living is a really complex thing. Sometimes less is more.
My favorite book at the minute is ‘Cooking for Isaiah’. As a family gluten free cookbook, I think that it’s the one must-have cookbook to have on the shelf. C is so exited about it. He loves the fact that there is a mom out there who created a whole cookbook for her son who is gluten and lactose intolerant, just like C. Once you’ve stocked up on the basic pantry items for this and have wrapped your head around the fact that mixing your own flour is a good thing in the world of g-free, then you will thoroghly enjoy this book and the peace of mind it brings if you are feeding gluten and lactose intolerant children. Also check out Silvana’s great blog, ‘dish towel diaries‘.
Two other books created by mothers for the love of their children on restricted diets, are ‘The Spunky Coconut Cookbook’ and ‘The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook’. I haven’t used these books as yet, but love the concept of both books and have trying recipes from their blogs firmly down on my to-do list. These clever ladies also have great blogs ‘The Spunky Coconut’ and “Elena’s Pantry‘.