I’ve been talking about this event for a while so here it is finally … the gluten-free extreme (gfe) cookbook giveaway. Extreme because I’m sharing so many amazing gluten-free cookbooks with you at once. Extreme (for me) because I’m sharing somewhat short and sweet reviews, but all together the shorter posts make for an extreme-ly long post. Remember … I lost all my photos except for recent ones and ones I’d already saved to my blog, so I had to look elsewhere to fill in a few gaps. Extreme because each cookbook below is being given away. There are eight cookbooks, so when the giveaway ends there will be eight lucky and happy gfe readers!
~ Simply … Gluten Free Desserts by Carol Kicinski
Carol (Simply … Gluten Free) is a personal friend. There are many things I adore about her, but count her positive spirit, her sense of humor, and her amazing talents in the kitchen, especially with desserts, at the top of the list! Carol appeared on QVC several months ago when they did a segment on gluten-free products and featured her new book, Simply … Gluten-Free Desserts. While I didn’t personally make any recipes from Carol’s cookbook, I’ve made recipes from her blog before and loved them. And I did taste a recipe from this cookbook firsthand at the Gluten and Allergen-Free Expo when Carol did a cooking demo and made her gluten-free, dairy-free Chocolate Pots de Crème. Made with coconut milk, fine chocolate, vanilla extract, and an egg, this dessert was heavenly! I hear that every other recipe in Carol’s book is, too. Check out more thorough—and even tastier—reviews by Wendy, Kim, Sea, Alta, and Tia. Note that this giveaway copy is signed by Carol!
Here’s the recipe for Carol’s Chocolate Pots … only four ingredients, and sensational. Many thanks to Carol and her publisher, St. Martin’s Press!
Photo and recipe reprinted courtesy of Carol Kicinski and St. Martin Press
- One 13.5 ounce can coconut milk (not light)
- 9 ounces dairy-free, bittersweet chocolate, chopped (about 1 ½ cups) or good quality chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- Berries for garnish, optional
- Bring 2 inches of water to a simmer in large saucepan. Turn the heat to low and keep the water at a bare simmer.
- Shake the can of coconut milk well and pour into a heatproof mixing bowl set over the saucepan of barely simmering water, without the bottom touching the water. Add the chocolate and melt, stirring occasionally. Once the chocolate has melted, whisk in the vanilla and then the egg. Continue whisking over the heat until the mixture is smooth.
- Transfer the mixture into a pitcher or spouted measuring cup for easy pouring, and divide among 6 small tea or cappuccino cups or ramekins and chill for 3 hours. The chocolate pots can be made a day ahead.
- Garnish with fresh berries when serving, if desired.
~ The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook by Cybele Pascal
I met Cybele (Cybele Pascal Allergen-Free) for the first time at the Expo. We didn’t get to chat much (it was quite a busy event!), but she always had a smile for me and everyone else visiting her at the author’s table. She exudes confidence when it comes to baking allergen free, so it’s not really surprising that her very popular baking cookbook garners 5 stars on Amazon. Lucky for you and me, she had a few copies of her Baker’s Handbook left as the Expo came to a close. I offered to take two off her hands—one for a giveaway for my gfe readers and another one for my support group’s library—and she generously agreed! The subtitle of her book is “How to Bake without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree nuts, and Sesame.” There are 100 vegan recipes. Sadly, I didn’t get to make any of Cybele’s recipes, but two that I still really want to make are Chocolate Chunk Blondie Bars and Orange Chiffon Cake with Orange Rum Sauce. Check out other reviews like this one in Allergic Living magazine and this one by The Hungry Vegan. The Hungry Vegan is not gluten free, but sometimes it’s helpful to find out how gluten-free versions stack up to gluten-full versions! Note that this giveaway copy is signed by Cybele!
~ The Ice Dream Cookbook by Chef Rachel Albert
This book by Chef Rachel is wonderful. There are 280 pages of 80 gluten-free, dairy-free recipes … ice cream, sauces, and other desserts, and each with several variations. I’d heard about this cookbook since it came out a few years ago—before Chef Rachel sent me a copy to review and offered to sponsor a giveaway. What makes this giveaway even more special is that Amazon make this book seem like it’s out of print. There’s a new one on Amazon for $2857.37! A free copy really sounds like a deal now, doesn’t it? The truth is that it’s not out of print; you can order it at a reasonable price right from Chef Rachel’s website. I’ve made one recipe from this cookbook so far … Roasted Banana Rum Ice Dream. When I tasted the results right out of the ice cream maker I couldn’t believe how incredibly good it was. Ice dream indeed, I thought. But I handed Mr. GFE a bowl. I wish I could show you a video of his reaction, but his words and my description of his reaction will have to do. “Woooow,” he responded after his first bite. Then he took another bite. He looked at me with raised eyebrows and quietly, but firmly repeated, “Wow” again. A few minutes later, he said “This stuff is grrreat.” I couldn’t have agreed more, but you’ll want to read other reviews from Ricki, Amy, and Alisa. If you’re new to gluten-free, dairy-free, and healthier eating, you’ll especially appreciate that Chef Rachel devotes the first 75 pages to “What You Need to Know to Get Started” … Essential Ingredients & Shopping Tips, Equipment, and Essential Techniques.
~ The Garden of Eating by Chef Rachel Albert
This cookbook by Chef Rachel is subtitled, A Produce-Dominated Diet & Cookbook. It’s a weighty tome—almost 600 pages! There are three parts: Principles & Practice (history and “preparatory” info to the recipes and meals), The Recipes (divided by category—250 naturally grain free and dairy free; there are a few samples here), and Appendix (more resources, menu ideas, etc.). This is quite an impressive book. I went for the Practically Paleo Cobb Salad and loved it! This cookbook will definitely have you eating more produce and eating healthier in general, and that’s something most of us are striving for daily. If you want to purchase this book, you can do so here on The Garden of Eating website.
~ Good Morning! Breakfasts Without Gluten, Sugar, Eggs, or Dairy by Ricki Heller
I’ve never been shy about my extreme fondness for Ricki (Diet, Dessert, andDogs) and her amazing recipes. Now she’s come through with the cookbook that everyone is looking for when it comes to breakfasts. Those of us who know Ricki were not surprised to hear that Ellen Degeneres even recommends Ricki’s earlier book, Sweet Freedom, on her new vegan site, Going Vegan with Ellen. Yep, right on page one of Ellen’s Recommended Books & Movies section, you’ll find Ricki’s cookbook. There are only a few cookbooks listed on that first page, but so it’s very exciting to see Sweet Freedom there. But do you know what would be more exciting? For Ricki to appear on Ellen! Leave a comment on Ellen’s site in response to the recommendation on Ricki’s book here if you agree. Back to Ricki’s current book, Good Morning! Breakfasts … so far I’ve only made Sweet Potatoes with Sweet Almond Sauce, but oh my, are they good … and good for you—my favorite combo! Most recipes in this cookbook are unique to the book, but here’s one you can find on Ricki’s blog—Giant Upside Down Apple Pancake. Here’s a review of Good Morning! Breakfasts from Maggie (with another recipe!) and here are two more great reviews from Heidi and Alta.
~ Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes by Pete and Kelli Bronski
I’m a longtime fan of Pete and Kelli’s (No Gluten, No Problem). Their blog was one of the very first I followed when I started reading gluten-free blogs. Just like their debut cookbook, Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking (which I highly recommend for folks getting started living gluten free, and anyone else who’s gluten free), the second book in their “Artisanal” series does not disappoint. I was lucky enough to be offered a pre-release review and you can actually read my review comment on the back cover of their delightful and appropriately diminutive cupcake cookbook. I’ll share it with you now: “The Bronskis cover all the classic cupcake flavors and then move on to cupcakes that actually make one a bit ‘weak in the knees.’ I mean who can resist cupcakes called Poached Pearfection, French Toast, Hot Fudge Sundae, Orange Dreamsicle, and Dulce de Leche? So put on your apron, grab your muffin tin, and get baking, you’re in for some divine cupcakes!” And I stand behind that. These are definitely some divine cupcakes … and there are color photos of every single recipe. Pete and Kelly use their signature flour mix and other mainstream ingredients like eggs, granulated sugar, butter, sour cream, buttermilk, and cream cheese. But don’t despair if you can’t eat any of those ingredients, because they also include a section in the book titled, “a guide to refined sugar free, dairy free, and egg free baking.” As you would expect, in this section they give the substitutions necessary to make all of their recipes fit any one or all of those requirements—that’s a very nice bonus for those with additional intolerances or preferences! I made their Sweet Potato Walnut Cupcakes most recently. It was easy to make these cupcakes dairy free and refined sugar free using coconut oil, coconut sugar, and coconut yogurt. I’m not sure how the taste compared to the original version, but there was nary any complaining in our house … especially with the “buttery,” sweet, and crunchy topping of walnuts, coconut oil, coconut sugar, and cinnamon. Finally, the giveaway copy of Artisanal Gluten-Free Cupcakes will be signed by both Pete and Kelli!
Photo courtesy of Pete and Kelli Bronski and The Experiment Publshing
~ Gluten Free in Five Minutes by Roben Ryberg
An enthusiastic gfe reader, Deb, sent me an email raving over this book. A week later I received an email asking if I’d like to review the cookbook. I enthusiastically said yes … as long as I could do a giveaway. As you may have surmised from the title, this is a cookbook with recipes made in the microwave. Unlike some other microwave cookbooks, which use specialty yogurts and baby foods, Roben’s cookbook uses almost all “regular” ingredients and not that many. Of course as the title indicates, the recipes are made in 5 minutes. Sometimes they require additional cooking after the microwave time though. Such is the case with the pizza. I made the cornmeal version, and substituted coconut oil (in place of canola oil) and Daiya mozzarella-style “cheese” to make a 6-inch, dairy-free pizza just for me—delicious! (FYI: I also made a version subbing almond flour for the cornmeal–also great!)
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 1 tablespooon applesauce
- 1/16 teaspoon salt
- 3 ½ tablespoons cornmeal (Shirley's note: Almond flour also works fine.)
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- Baked on: microwave-safe round plate
- In small bowl or cup, briefly beat egg until nearly uniform in color.
- Add remaining ingredients and mix well to combine. The dough will look like a creamy paste.
- Spray microwave-safe plate with non-stick cooking spray.
- Spread batter into a 6-inch circle.
- Microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
- Remove from plate and cool.
- Place crust on metal tray or foil, top with your favorite toppings.
- Finish baking in toaster oven (or conventional oven) at 400 degrees Fahrenheit until cheese is melted and crust is crisp. Baking time will be approximately 8 to 10 minutes.
And here’s reader Deb’s very helpful review of Gluten Free in Five Minutes:
“My son (18) will be child #3 heading off to college (sadly he is freaked out by the eggs and cheese pizza crust, but will eat it if we don’t mention what crust it is–haha). He and I are testing recipes from Roben Ryberg’s new book, Gluten Free in Five Minutes. Amazing … so fun and great-tasting results. Roben uses mostly single flours (white or brown rice flour, cornstarch, cornmeal or sorghum).There’s a very sophisticated Extreme Chocolate Cake recipe on her website. Excellent with fresh whipped cream and berries. It’s made with cocoa and no flour. I pooh-poohed the microwave “baking” at first. But my 15-year old loved making the Extreme Chocolate Cake. It’s easy and fun with good results. Perhaps she loved it because she was ‘Queen of the Easy Bake Oven’ when she was little.”
~ The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen by Laura B. Russell
This cookbook from the Portland Gluten Freedom columnist and gluten-free food blogger, Laura Russell—which will be released on August 23—is generating LOTS of excitement, and understandably so. After all, Asian food is one category that requires lots of caution from gluten-free diners. Wheat-based soy sauce is the main culprit in Asian dishes, but personally I’ve also found that gluten-full flour is also added for thickening sauces more and more in Asian dining establishments. Laura gives us the info and the recipes we need to make dishes that are gorgeous, but not difficult. Everyone I’ve chatted with about the book has been initially smitten by the cover photo of Gingery Pork Pot Stickers, also known as Asian dumplings. The rest of the photos in the book are just as tantalizing. Check out Asian food devotee Jenny’s review of Laura’s book and the Pot Stickers recipe here. And here’s another very thorough review from Zoe (she made the Pot Stickers and more!). Finally, you’ll find two reviews from Alisa here and here (with recipe!).
Now I must confess that my schedule has not allowed me to make a single recipe … yet. When I make one of Laura’s recipes in the near future; I’ll share (with permission). I’m thinking of these Roasted Pork Meatballs.
Reprinted with permission from The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen: Recipes for Noodles, Dumplings, Sauces, and More.
Copyright © 2011 by Laura B. Russell, Celestial Arts, an imprint of Ten Speed Press and the Crown
Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA. Photo Credit: Leo Gong.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED.
Since this is an extreme giveaway, I’m giving you an extreme-ly long window to spread the word and enter. The giveaway will end Sunday, August 28, at midnight. To enter, simply leave a comment telling me which cookbook is at the top of your wish list! (And yes, it’s perfectly acceptable to say “I want them all!” although each winner will receive one cookbook only … darn.) It only takes that one entry to enter the giveaway, but for additional entries, you may subscribe to gfe, “like” gfe on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, share on Twitter (with @Shirleygfe in your tweet) or on Facebook (tagging gluten free easily if possible), but please be sure to come back and leave a separate comment saying that you did. Have fun checking out all these amazing cookbooks through reviews and other links, and good luck!
Full disclosure: All copies were complimentary from authors/publishers except for the giveaway copy of Ricki Heller’s Good Morning! Breakfasts. This is an uncompensated post and opinions expressed within are strictly my own.