Weeknight Gluten Free by Kristine Kidd: Interview, Review, and Giveaway

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Weeknight Gluten Free by Kristine Kidd

All photos are reprinted with permission from Williams Sonoma and Kristine Kidd

Have you heard about the cookbook Weeknight Gluten Free? It’s the newest cookbook from Kristine Kidd. And it’s her first totally gluten-free cookbook. Kristine is the former food editor of Bon Appetit. She has also written a number of other successful cookbooks over the years. I met Kristine a few years back, first at a BlogHer Food conference and then at the International Food Bloggers’ Conference that same year. Kristine was a speaker at each of those events. I was fortunate to get to chat with her briefly both times and she was always friendly and gracious. When I heard from the representative for her new book, first, I was surprised to hear that she had published a gluten-free cookbook. Then I was surprised to hear that she “grew up with celiac disease.”

When Kristine had presented at those conferences and we had spoken (albeit very briefly), there had been no mention of her being gluten free. You’ll soon learn why that was the case, as I did, from the interview that Kristine graciously did with me. The information she shared of her own personal history is a good example of why we need more celiac awareness. (There’s actually a tremendous need for awareness on all gluten issues, but we’ll talk more on that later.) Today I thought it would be timely to share Kristine’s interview and a giveaway of her new cookbook, Weeknight Gluten Free, as National Celiac Awareness Month kicks off.

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My Interview with Kristine

Shirley:  I was surprised to learn that you have been gluten free since childhood. When I heard you speak at blogging conferences, it was never mentioned that you were gluten free. Usually it’s well known when folks in the food world are gluten free, is this information that you have kept private? And, if so, I’m curious about why. Did you think that being labeled gluten free would be distracting? And how has being gluten free translated to functioning safely and well in the food world? We all experience challenges staying gluten free and being accepted/supported with our families and our work world. Did you experience the same when say working at Bon Appetit? How did you handle it all?

Kristine: “I was diagnosed with celiac disease as an infant. At that time, my mother was told that if she kept me completely gluten free for 3 years I would be cured. Of course, we now know that is not the case, but I was brought up with that understanding and ate gluten-containing food most of my life, including the years I was at Bon Appétit. I had digestive issues all those years but didn’t make the connection until my symptoms became torturous about 2½ years ago, during a stressful time. So you can see, I wasn’t hiding my celiac; I incorrectly thought it had been cured.

Because I love to cook and am curious about anything to do with food, learning to eat as well as I always had while following a gluten-free diet was a new adventure. I read books, attended conferences and webinars, and started experimenting in the kitchen.

Eating out was, and still is, the most challenging part of my situation. At first I was embarrassed to make special requests at restaurants and homes, particularly when eating with other food professionals. But I quickly learned that I had to get comfortable asking for gluten-free food because the consequences of ingesting gluten are too severe. I learned to pick restaurants carefully, focusing on those with a more sophisticated kitchen. Surprisingly, almost everyone responds with interest. Many restaurateurs are eager to show off how they have made accommodations, suggest gluten-free items, or want to learn more. Most of my friends have been making adjustments for other gluten-free friends or are happy to serve polenta, potatoes, or rice. Everyone seems to know about gluten-free crackers.”

Shirley: There are several gluten-free cookbooks on easy and quick meals that are now out. Do you have any idea how your cookbook might differ from those? Or can you simply tell me why you personally felt compelled to write this cookbook? What are some of your favorite recipes from this cookbook?

Kristine:  “I focus on fresh, seasonal, healthy food that is naturally gluten free, rather than trying to make facsimiles of dishes that need wheat for their success. Throughout the book are sections about naturally gluten-free staples that add satisfaction to meals—egg crepes, quick creamy polenta, quinoa, potatoes, sweet potatoes, skillet cornbread…. I use legumes in interesting ways and love brown jasmine and basmati rice as additional replacements for bready things. I have devoted my career to creating dishes for Bon Appétit and cookbooks, so I have lots of experience fashioning and testing reliable, modern recipes for publication.”

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Kristine Kidd Making Recipe from Weeknight Gluten Free

Kristine:  “I wrote the book because I was having a good time experimenting in the kitchen, and my gluten-eating family and friends didn’t notice anything was missing from the food I created. I wanted to share my successes with others, just as I have with my other cookbooks and magazine stories. That is what I love to do, share food and recipes.

Favorite recipes depend on the season and my mood, but here are a few I find myself making over and over:

Shrimp in Tomato-Olive-Caper Sauce on Creamy Microwave Polenta

Soft Socca with Summer Squash, Basil, and Gruyére

Turkey Cutlets with Green Olives and Lemon over Quinoa

Grilled Salmon with Charmoula Chickpeas

Steak and Rajas Tacos

Skillet Cornbread”

Shirley:  You have a number of other cookbooks that are not gluten free, including a cookie cookbook. How does a gluten-free person handle writing and testing recipes for a “gluten-full” cookbook? I know that many of my readers will be interested in your response as some have found out they had celiac disease or were gluten intolerant while working as pastry chefs, writing a cookbook, and even hosting a mainstream “gluten-full” coking show. These individuals become sort of at odds on how to go forward. Some have found they can no longer work in a flour-filled environment and have had to change jobs but are still floundering on their new path. So I am really interested in how you navigated this area.

Kristine:  “I wrote my other cookbooks before I was on a gluten-free diet, so the only issue was my mysterious digestive problems. I now hesitate to take on projects that require gluten. So far, I have been able to write stores and develop recipes that happen to not include gluten, without that being part of the assignment. That is because I focus on fresh, seasonal, healthy food and I choose recipes that are naturally gluten free. My editors never notice that anything is missing. I would turn down a bread, cookie, cake, or pie assignment, but first I would suggest naturally gluten-free alternatives.”

Shirley: Last, is there one “takeaway” from this new cookbook for the gluten-free reader?

Kristine:  “Focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients rather than substitutes for dishes that require wheat. That way you eat well, and will miss wheat less, if at all. Check out local farmers markets for inspiration and the tastiest ingredients around. For starches, there are lots of gluten-free choices: many varieties of rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, polenta, quinoa, buckwheat. The same approach works for dessert too—fresh or dried fruit, meringue cookies, and ice cream and sorbets are great choices.”

Well, if you know anything about my gfe approach, you know that I am all about eating real food that’s naturally gluten free. So Kristine and I are in complete agreement on that! As a follow-up to Kristine’s answers, I asked one more:

Shirley:  Do you know if you were classified as a banana baby? Banana babies were diagnosed with celiac and then fed bananas mostly, with no gluten of course, and then told they were “cured” and that they could eat gluten again. I think you are too young to have been classified as one, but the “no gluten for 3 years” was part of that treatment. (Note:  The link was added after I asked Kristine this question.)

Kristine:  “I was not an official banana baby, that was in the 1930′s, and before gluten was linked to celiac. However, bananas were still a big part of my prescribed diet/cure in the late 40′s. I also drank soy milk, ate vegetables, probably other proteins, but absolutely no gluten. I was fed so many bananas during my first 3 years, I wouldn’t touch them again until my late teens, and then only when baked into banana bread. A friend who has celiac and is of a similar age was also given lots of bananas as part of her ‘cure.’ ”

My “Review”

With over 100 recipes in Weeknight Gluten Free, it’s not easy to choose which ones to make. And I just received my copy, so unfortunately I haven’t yet had a chance to make any of them. But a few of the recipes that are on my “to make” list from this book are:

Mushroom Spaghetti Carbonara (this one has Mr. GFE’s name all over it!)

Easy Mu Shu Pork

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Salsa Verde and White Beans

Grilled Salmon and Red Onions with Nectarine Salsa (this one is all mine!)

Crispy Trout with Green Onions and Mushrooms and

Herbed Egg Crepes (beautiful, super thin “wrappers”)

But as I said there are actually many recipes in this cookbook that I’d like to sample. And there are others that will inspire me like the Turkey Cutlets dish that Kristine mentioned. The Turkey Cutlets are “breaded” with salt, pepper, paprika, and cumin and topped with a syrupy sauce made from red onion, red pepper flakes, extra virgin olive oil, and pan juices. Now that’s one heavenly syrup!

If you want to preview/trial some of Kristine’s “Basic Recipes,” click on Weeknight Gluten Free here at Amazon, then “Click to LOOK INSIDE” and finally “First Pages.” Then you can page through the preview to find Brown, Jasmine, or Basmati Rice; Quick Mashed Potatoes; Quick Mashed Sweet Potatoes; Arugula-Lemon Pesto; Mint Pesto; Salsa Verde; Quick Guacamole; Asian Slaw; and Sweetened Whipped Cream. All these recipes are included in her cookbook as “quick accompaniments that can round out gluten-free meals.” Keep paging through the preview pages and you’ll also see the index that lists over 100 recipes as well as other topics covered in her book, such as tips on stocking your pantry, her favorite time savers, and her guidance on working with seafood.

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Fish Tacos with Broccoli Slaw and Lime Cream Sauce

I found Kristine’s Fish Tacos with Broccoli Slaw and Lime Cream Sauce recipe from her book online. (Now I have a serious craving for those!) I also found her Sautéed Scallops with Orange-Avocado-Basil Salsa on Basil Quinoa on her site. Clearly, all her recipes are beautiful, flavor-filled dishes. As her website says she is “inspiring people to cook fresh simple food.”

Weeknight Gluten Free, Kristine Kidd

Sauteed Scallops Orange Avocado Basil Salsa with Basil Quinoa

Note that there is a dessert section in this cookbook, but it includes six desserts only. The classic Coconut Macaroons, Ginger Cherry Oatmeal Cookies and Coconut-Rum Caramelized Bananas were the most appealing to me and are bound to get made in the gfe kitchen eventually. I also found a recipe for Chocolate Bark with Walnuts, Ginger, and Cherries on Kristine’s website.  She has many other recipes there and you can get a feel for her cooking style from those as well.

You should know that this cookbook largely focuses on recipes for seafood, poultry, and other meat. I don’t think it would be an ideal choice for purchase by vegetarians or vegans. Although there is a section called Almost Meatless, which includes 20 recipes, several call for eggs and/or cheese and, at least one calls for a bit of pancetta. As Kristine explains, she’s not a vegetarian, but does enjoy eating plant-based meals often. That makes the recipes in this section a great choice for feeding your vegetarian and/or vegan friends. One of the most appealing recipes in this section is the Macaroni and Cheese with Chard and Sage Bread Crumbs. It’s a beautiful mac and cheese dish and, in fact, is the recipe shown on the cover of Weeknight Gluten Free. There’s always room for one more great gluten-free mac and cheese dish, right?

The Giveaway

UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Winners (and their winning comments) are shown below. Thanks to all of you who entered. Best of luck on your gluten-free path! If you are new to gluten free, be sure to check out my “Getting Started” section here (there are very helpful printable tip sheets), plus Top 10 Reasons to Live Gluten Free Easily (GFE).

~ Britani

“I’d like to win this cookbook because I’ve recently made the decision to go gluten free, the recipes look fantastic, and it could help make my gluten loving boyfriend more comfortable with the dietary change!”

~ Cindy Padgett

“This is the way I love to cook, also. The cookbook would be a welcome addition to my kitchen. Thanks for sponsoring the give-away!”

Last, this book was published by Williams Sonoma, so it’s large, colorful, and beautiful (as most things from Williams Sonoma are). Kristine and Williams Sonoma are giving away one copy of this book to one lucky gfe reader and I’m throwing in one more, so instead two gfe readers will receive a copy of this book!

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment saying why you’d like to win this book. For additional entries, share on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or Google+ and/or follow Kristine on Facebook and Twitter. Leave a comment for each additional entry. This giveaway ends Wednesday, May 8, at midnight EST. (Winners will be selected by the Pick a Giveaway Winner tool.)

Full disclosure: Two copies of this book were provided free of charge (one for my support group/my review) and one for a giveaway winner. However, the opinions expressed in this post are strictly my own. This post contains one or more affiliate links and I will receive a small “finder’s fee” if you purchase via the link. (Note that the finder’s fee is paid by the seller.) It helps support this blog when you purchase via affiliate links—thank you!

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144 Responses to “Weeknight Gluten Free by Kristine Kidd: Interview, Review, and Giveaway”

  1. Amanda B. on May 1st, 2013 10:19 pm

    I just quit my job (my last day is Friday), so I can focus more on my children. My son is gluten intolerant and I am allergic to wheat. So, we eat gluten free…it is easier for me. I am eager to learn all kinds of recipes and this book would be great!

  2. Emily on May 1st, 2013 10:26 pm

    I’d love to win because Kristine’s recipes sound light & flavorful. It’d be a wonderful addition to my ever-growing cookbook collection!

  3. Jacqueline Kolb on May 1st, 2013 10:39 pm

    We are relatively new to GF after researching possible connection to my daughter’s attention/focus issues. Well it turned out my son’s digestive issues more closely matched as well as my lifelong migraines and other symptoms. I’m still struggling to cut out all gluten as I’m getting resistance from daughter & husband so a wonderful cookbook would be helpful. Thanks!

  4. chris schrum on May 1st, 2013 10:48 pm

    I would love to win this book. I am trying to make more gluten free meals for my family.

  5. kate t on May 1st, 2013 10:50 pm

    Great book idea! I’d love to win this! I could always use some great new recipes! THank you :)

  6. Valerie W on May 1st, 2013 10:55 pm

    I am 3 months into my GF experience, and I am fresh out of ideas. Your book would be perfect. I love how you incorporate so many veggies into the recipes instead of having a bunch of cheese and alternative grains on every page.

  7. Chris on May 1st, 2013 10:56 pm

    Oh, please count me in – those recipes sound AMAZING.

  8. JD on May 1st, 2013 11:04 pm

    This cookbook sounds great! My teenage daughter was diagnosed with celiac last year and I’d love to try out some of these recipes for the whole family.

  9. Allie H on May 1st, 2013 11:15 pm

    This book looks unbelievable. I have been cooking my whole life, but since being diagnosed with a gluten intolerance at the end of last year, I have been learning how to cook all over again. I am always looking for amazing recipes that don’t make me feel like I’m missing out on the gluten. I love foods that don’t try to be something they’re not, but celebrate them for what they are. One of the biggest challenges is trying to find foods that I love (not that are “ok for gluten free”) and that my husband doesn’t shudder at the thought of eating, but that he will also enjoy. I would love to give this bad boy a test drive.

  10. Robin on May 1st, 2013 11:19 pm

    This book would be a treasure!

  11. Susan Spann on May 1st, 2013 11:27 pm

    I need a good gluten free cookbook with healthy variety like this one.

  12. Heidi Foubare on May 1st, 2013 11:36 pm

    I would love to win a copy of this book! It sounds like it has wonderful recipes. I need to get gluten free, so this book would be very useful to me.

  13. Lorna Paris on May 1st, 2013 11:40 pm

    I would love to win this book, because of Multiple Schlerosis, I need to fully change me eating habits and cooking habits. . . .I have a feeling that the gluten free cooking with be a good addition. I will be getting the MS cookbook in the mail in a couple of weeks and I will be looking into every aspectof healthy food as my diet changes

  14. JoAnn on May 1st, 2013 11:45 pm

    I’m new to gluten free cooking, so this book would be great to win.

  15. camille turner on May 2nd, 2013 12:13 am

    I am trying to eat GF but sometimes healthy meal ideas are hard to come by

  16. Sarah K on May 2nd, 2013 1:29 am

    Would love to win this cookbook! The recipes sound delicious! We are a gf family and have three kids under 5 so I am always looking for quick simple healthy meals to prepare.

  17. Chad Crystal Froemming on May 2nd, 2013 1:45 am

    I love trying new healthy recipes! We have found that our three year old is more calm and able to control his emotions better when we choose less processed more whole foods so a gluten free cookbook is right up our alley ♥

  18. Karol on May 2nd, 2013 2:53 am

    I’d like to win this because I always feel like I am in a rut with meals since going gf. I’d love to try some of these amazing sounding recipes.

  19. Karol on May 2nd, 2013 2:54 am

    I shared this on facebook :)

  20. Stephanie V on May 2nd, 2013 7:37 am

    This book sounds wonderful! I would love to win and have the opportunity to expand my repertoire of cooking GF for my continued health and for finding ways to make food more exciting for my family!

  21. Stephanie V on May 2nd, 2013 7:56 am

    Following Kristen on FB! :)

  22. Melissa on May 2nd, 2013 7:56 am

    I’d love to win because I’m always looking for new recipes using seasonal foods. Our local farm CSA is starting up and I love using fresh fruits and veggies in dishes.

  23. Cara on May 2nd, 2013 8:06 am

    I would love to win this book, because I need fast easy healthy meals to make for my family.

  24. Katrina on May 2nd, 2013 11:40 am

    I’d love the cookbook because I’m still trying to expand my GF library

  25. Anne Y. on May 2nd, 2013 12:21 pm

    I would love to win this book! I need quite a bit of help preparing GF meals for myself.

  26. Janet T on May 2nd, 2013 12:21 pm

    I would love to win this book, I want to make every recipe in it.

  27. JB on May 2nd, 2013 12:22 pm

    I’m pretty new to GF lifestyle, & new ideas & recipes will be very helpful!

  28. JB on May 2nd, 2013 12:28 pm

    I liked Kristine on Facebook.

  29. KimH on May 2nd, 2013 1:09 pm

    I’d love to win one of these books. Im GF but am seriously stuck in the same ol same ol.. Bon Appetite has always been my favorite food magazine and Im sure Kristines voice brings much of that to this publication.. I’d love to immerse myself in it and set myself up for some new experiences!

  30. Mama Lee on May 2nd, 2013 1:15 pm

    I’d love this book for new gluten free meal ideas & recipes… it is pretty exhausting trying to search the net to come up with new ideas all the time… it would be so nice to have an actual GF cookbook!

  31. Marsha on May 2nd, 2013 1:22 pm

    I love big colorful cookbooks. It makes it so much easier to pick out recipes to make. I need more gluten free recipes. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  32. Mama Lee on May 2nd, 2013 1:30 pm
  33. Nancy Durand on May 2nd, 2013 1:52 pm

    Would love to have more recipes to fix for my grandson who has many food issues

  34. Kristine Angelo on May 2nd, 2013 1:53 pm

    I would love to win this book because I am in such a GF cooking rut, seem to be eating the same things over and over again. I too was diagnosed rather late, in my 50′s, with (gluten intolerence proven by genetic testing) after having mysterious digestive problems for years. My daughter was tested also, and actually has one gene for celiacs as well as one for gluten intolerance. So I think this lovely book would really help us broaden our cooking horizons and get us excited about eating again!

  35. Alisa on May 2nd, 2013 1:54 pm

    Oh I could definitely use more weeknight recipes! You’ve got me thinking about tacos now, too Shirley :)

  36. Donna Strickler on May 2nd, 2013 2:18 pm

    Weeknight meals are the bain of my existence – partly because I work full time, and partly because I don’t really enjoying cooking when I don’t have a lot of time to play around with it! This book sounds like it is exactly what I need to begin to enjoy cooking again :-).

  37. Patti on May 2nd, 2013 2:32 pm

    This book looks great! I would love to win a copy. It seems like I eat the same few gluten-free things for dinner all the time. This book would be very helpful to me.

  38. Janis S on May 2nd, 2013 2:49 pm

    I’d like to win this book because it sounds like it has delicious recipes that are different than other cookbooks I have.

  39. Janis S on May 2nd, 2013 2:51 pm

    I follow Kristine on facebook.

  40. Janis S on May 2nd, 2013 2:52 pm

    I shared this on Twitter

  41. Linda on May 2nd, 2013 2:58 pm

    I would like to have this cookbook for my celiac daughter who will be going away to college in the fall and cooking on her own for the first time. Ramen noodles, mac and cheese and other typical college student food won’t be an option for her. Fresh, naturally gluten free and delcious–sounds perfect!

  42. Denise Fedor on May 2nd, 2013 3:02 pm

    I would love to own this book, but with NO income (hubs stroke) We can’t afford it. Very hard to do gf on food stamps (only help from government)! I am running out of ideas! Thanks for the chance!

  43. Lisa on May 2nd, 2013 3:30 pm

    I’d love to win this cookbook to help in using already GF items to make wholesome dinners for my family.

  44. Alicia on May 2nd, 2013 3:36 pm

    I havent seen this book yet but after reading this and checking out amazon I would live a chance to win this. I live in a rural town in Ontario and eating gluten free is getting easier atleast in the process of groceries finally but its hard to come up with stuff for weeknight consumption and when you are cooking for one. I think this book could really help.

  45. Cindy W. on May 2nd, 2013 4:30 pm

    I love that the recipes in this cookbook are naturally gluten free. Thank you for the giveaway!

  46. Trish McGovern on May 2nd, 2013 4:51 pm

    I want to win this book!!! I very recently went gluten free trying to help with some auto immune issues and this book is amazing!

  47. Lois Stueve on May 2nd, 2013 5:00 pm

    I’ve been gluten-free for 30 years & I’m thrilled so mucoh more info is available for us. I’d love this cookbook to find out how a professional in the food industry deals with. the the GF situation

  48. Arleen on May 2nd, 2013 5:15 pm

    I would love to win this cookbook! I need some new ideas to keep my family eating different foods.

  49. Arleen on May 2nd, 2013 5:16 pm

    I also submitted a friend request to Kristine on Facebook.

  50. April on May 2nd, 2013 6:23 pm

    I love to try new recipes and cookbooks! Thanks for the giveaway!

  51. Dana on May 2nd, 2013 6:55 pm

    This book looks GORGEOUS! And what a great variety of recipes…would love to add this to my (small) GF cookbook collection!

  52. Dana on May 2nd, 2013 6:57 pm

    Also just followed Kristine on Fb!

  53. Gwen on May 2nd, 2013 9:27 pm

    I would love to win this cookbook. I have celiac disease and need help in incorporating more variety and more vegetables into my meals. The recipes sound fantastic. This cookbook looks like just what I need to help me improve my eating habits. Thanks for this opportunity to win this cookbook.

  54. Nikki on May 2nd, 2013 9:58 pm

    I’m recently diagnosed with gluten intolerance and a overwhelmed with trying to find healthy and satisfying meals!

  55. Nikki on May 2nd, 2013 10:00 pm

    Sent friend request to Kristine

  56. Eileen Cooper on May 2nd, 2013 10:21 pm

    Always looking for new GF recipes for my picky husband. I know he needs to be GFCF but he doesn’t want to give up wheat so I do what I can. This recipe looks to die for: sauteed scallops with Orange-Avocado-Basil Salsa on Basil Quinoa

  57. Susan on May 3rd, 2013 4:05 am

    I am recently GF and soy free because of numerous autoimmune issues. Also have recently been diagnosed with allergies to dairy, tomatoes, peanuts,tree nuts and bananas(of all things). I’m feeling really deprived and limited with what I can eat. I love to cook, but it’s gotten hard to figure out what I can eat and what to cook.This cookbook with it’s focus on seasonal whole foods sounds like it would be very helpful to me. I would love to win a copy! Thank you for your wonderful and informative website. It has been a huge help on this new journey of mine.

  58. Margaret on May 3rd, 2013 4:41 am

    I Googled Kristine Kidd after the mention of her in your blog on Tuesday and I am very excited to try some of her recipes. I would love to win her Gluten Free cookbook. I will be purchasing her GF cookbook if I don’t win since I am still new at GF cooking. I have made some of the recipes from your blog for the people I work with (I live alone) and they can’t tell that they are GF!! I give all the credit to you when they love the recipes!!! I am now feeling so much better since I have started cooking gluten free that I am making much better choices for meals and I am speaking up and asking for GF foods when I am faced with a bake sale or eating out. I love your blog and have learned so so much and I also love trying your recipes. Having your blog as a guide has made cooking fun again!!
    Thank you for all you do for everyone that is gluten free!!
    Margaret Hoffman

  59. Brenda Kraus on May 3rd, 2013 6:54 am

    I would love to win this book!

  60. Janet on May 3rd, 2013 8:18 am

    Gorgeous pictures and I am sure delicious recipes. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  61. Concetta on May 3rd, 2013 12:48 pm

    I’m sure any cookbook coming from Kristine would be full of very tasty food!

    I think as a celiac she would know better than many other chefs on the market how to really write for the gluten free market.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  62. Cindy Padgett on May 3rd, 2013 2:40 pm

    This is the way I love to cook, also. The cookbook would be a welcome addition to my kitchen. Thanks for sponsoring the give-away!

  63. Cindy Padgett on May 3rd, 2013 2:43 pm

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  64. Cindy Padgett on May 3rd, 2013 2:44 pm

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  65. Cindy Padgett on May 3rd, 2013 2:45 pm

    I am following Kristine on Facebook!

  66. Kristen on May 3rd, 2013 2:50 pm

    I’d like to win as I’m always on the lookout for GF recipes that don’t use a lot of gluten-substitutes but are just delicious on their own.

  67. Leslie on May 3rd, 2013 3:08 pm

    the recipes look amazing!!!!

  68. Amy Jo on May 4th, 2013 11:51 am

    This is my first time hearing about Kristine. She seems lovely. And those fish tacos looks so yummy.

  69. Britani on May 4th, 2013 3:34 pm

    I’d like to win this cookbook because I’ve recently made the decision to go gluten free, the recipes look fantastic, and it could help make my gluten loving boyfriend more comfortable with the dietary change!

  70. Susan on May 4th, 2013 8:39 pm

    I’d love to win to add some more recipes to my gluten free cooking repertoire. Eating delicious, natural foods is very appealing to me and with Kristine’s background in food, I’m sure her recipes will be easy to follow and good eating too. Thankfully you share wonderful recipes on your site Shirley, so that is all taken care of too!
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  71. Marilyn on May 5th, 2013 7:11 am

    I would love to win this cookbook because I’m just beginning a gluten free diet, and all of the recipes mentioned would help me so much.

  72. Casandra F. on May 5th, 2013 7:11 pm

    I am pretty new to GF living and any help for new recipes would be a treat.

  73. Lindsay M on May 5th, 2013 7:16 pm

    It looks AWESOME!!! I NEED it!! :D

  74. Amanda C on May 5th, 2013 7:23 pm

    My son and I were diagnosed with Celiac’s disease and my husband chose to eat gluten free at home, too. We have been gluten free for a little over year, but we are “stuck in a rut” with the same meals over and over again. It would be nice to win the cookbook. I need fast and easy weeknight meals since we both work and our schedules recently changed. We will finally be able to eat dinner together as a family.

  75. Linda on May 5th, 2013 7:37 pm

    I discovered I was a Celiac in June of last year after a horrific episode that began with Shingles, lead quickly into Rheumatoid Arthritis (I almost died before I got medical help) and then to extreme symptoms of Celiac by losing almost 25 pounds from April to June when it all came to a head.

    I need as many gluten free cookbooks as possible so I can have a wide variety of recipes to choose from as I learn how to navigate my new life.

  76. Jeanne P on May 5th, 2013 9:23 pm

    I would love to win this book – my daughter and I are gluten free but husband is not. However he will eat whatever we do. The recipes sound great and are different – as a foodie, would love to move on to some great gf cooking!

  77. Beth L. on May 5th, 2013 10:38 pm

    Three weeks ago our world changed when the doctor informed us that our three year old son needs to avoid gluten, dairy and sugar. For two days he refused to eat and a desperate mommy has been scouring the internet to become better informed and skilled to provide him with healthy and appealing meals. I think this book would be an immense blessing to our family and we appreciate the opportunity to enter this contest.

  78. Nancy on May 5th, 2013 11:55 pm

    I just celebrated my one-year anniversary of living Gluten Free following my diagnosis of gluten intolerance. The chanes in my life have been remarkable, and this book would be a wonderful way to honor this mark and mix up my week night routine!

  79. Janice Knight Marela on May 6th, 2013 8:51 am


    I would love to win this cookbook. This Williams Sonoma looks like it takes GF up a notch. So would love to have this to make all the recipes.

  80. Connie Both on May 6th, 2013 7:01 pm

    I am just exploring the possibility that my son is gluten sensitive, and having a great cookbook to embark on this journey, would be fantastic.

  81. Megan H. on May 7th, 2013 6:52 am

    I would love to win this cookbook! I feel like I have had very similar experiences as Kristine did and can very well connect with her. I may not have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease as a child but I was misdiagnosed as Lactose Intollerant and didn’t find out I had CD until 2 years ago. I also love seafood and the scallop recipe sounds delicious!

  82. Linda on May 7th, 2013 2:30 pm

    I am trying to learn how to cook gf food that actually tastes good. Our daughter-in-law found out recently that she has celiac and has probably had it all her life, so we are all trying to re-learn how to cook! A great cookbook would be a tremendous help.thanks fr the opportunity to win.

  83. Jeri on May 7th, 2013 2:46 pm

    I would love to have this cookbook because the recipes you listed seem very different from my usual fare. Also, while I have been the only one gluten free in my family, my oldest daughter is starting to have G.I. problems and will be going through the elimination process and I would love to cook her some new fabulous meals.

  84. Lisa on May 8th, 2013 2:21 pm

    I am still finding ways to make gluten free, the cookbook would be a treasure to have.

  85. Carla Edwards on May 8th, 2013 2:21 pm

    I want to be able to cook good meals that are not the same all the time. I need ideas to help stay GF!!!

  86. Denise Clark on May 8th, 2013 2:44 pm

    The recipes look light and easy. I have a hard time finding good gluten free recipes.

  87. Kim on May 8th, 2013 3:09 pm

    I am a recipe hoarder! I enjoy cookbooks in particular as it helps give me inspiration – otherwise get into a rut – and this cookbook looks to have plenty of ideas!

  88. Shannon J. on May 8th, 2013 3:25 pm

    I’ve collected recipes, cookbooks and cooking magazines for years. Three years ago I went gluten free so I turned my addiction from “regular” cookbooks, to gluten free cookbooks. I like to think of myself as my own library, and any time somebody is looking for a specific recipe, I have just the book to look in. I also like pretty cookbooks, with edible pictures! Or at least the kind that look good enough to eat!

  89. Ana on May 8th, 2013 3:35 pm

    Being able to make those fish tacos alone is a great reason to win this book, what an awesome picture, I would love that recipe!
    Making gf meals for my family on weekdays can sometimes be a challenge as I am the only one who eats this way at my house, so I can only imagine how this cookbook would make my life and my family’s happier during meal time!

  90. Ana on May 8th, 2013 3:36 pm

    I follow Christine on Facebook (Ana Cardia), and on twitter (@KitchenspaceAna).
    What a nice giveaway!

  91. Gretchen on May 8th, 2013 3:36 pm

    This cookbook is exactly what I have been looking for. My family takes karate classes nearly every night of the week. These recipes could “chop” my time in half!

  92. Ami on May 8th, 2013 5:29 pm

    I have a gluten free son and try to cook gluten free for my whole family and guests so that my son doesn’t feel he is ever missing out and I actually think that eating gluten free is healthier for all of us. Would love to win this cookbook for some new ideas!

  93. Heather Jones on May 8th, 2013 6:58 pm

    I’d love to win this book to help my family find ways to eat and help me on my new wheat-free/rice-free journey. Hopefully by following a careful and varied diet now, my daughters won’t develop the same sensitivities that I have and allow them to enjoy all the flavors of the world.

  94. Vicky S on May 8th, 2013 9:17 pm

    I would love to win these book and add it to my other 2 gluten free cookbooks!

  95. Colinda Ronayne on May 8th, 2013 9:19 pm

    I would love to have this book because I have a wheat allergy and I woulld really like some new ideas for delicious new gluten free recipes for me and my family. Meal time is much easier when there’s something gluten free that everyone likes!!

  96. Terin FitzGerald on May 8th, 2013 9:22 pm

    I would love to win this book as I’m not super creative
    At cooking gluten free :). I love the fact that it appears
    easy to follow and looks yummy! Should take me to
    the next level of my cooking skills! Thank you for the
    opportunity to win!!!

  97. Cathy Sandfort on May 8th, 2013 9:23 pm

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to WIN WIN WIN…Been gluten free for over a year now, as well as the rest of my family. Love to be creative in the kitchen while being gluten free!! ;)

  98. Lori R on May 8th, 2013 9:24 pm

    I would love to try some new recipes!! We’ve been gf for four years now and usually only cook the same thing!!! Those fish tacos look yummy!!!!

  99. Wendi M on May 8th, 2013 9:25 pm

    Love the fresh ingredients listed and the recipes for the fish tacos and scallops with the basil quinoa looks wonderful! Would love to have this cookbook for new ideas for the daily meal planning! Thanks for these wonderful cookbooks to make cooking fun again!

  100. Evalyn Yanna on May 8th, 2013 9:26 pm

    Always on the look-out for new great GF recipes!

  101. Susie Jankowski on May 8th, 2013 9:26 pm

    I would like to win your cookbook because I never win anything. Not being able to eat the foods I spent 30+ years eating really isn’t fair. It is very depressing and I’ve spent most my life severely depressed! Winning might help some. To bad you don’t come with the book, l hate cooking! :-)

  102. Mary DK on May 8th, 2013 9:27 pm

    I would love to have this book because I’m always on the look out for new savory gluten free recipes to serve my family, I’m the only one that has to eat gluten free so I try very hard to offer them tasty dinners, thankfully they’re very tolerant of my gluten free cooking experiments :)
    Thanks for the chance to win sun a wonderful book. BTW, I now want some of those fish tacos… yum!!

  103. Mary DK on May 8th, 2013 9:27 pm

    I have sent a friend request to Kristine :o)

  104. Maureen Nicholas on May 8th, 2013 9:28 pm

    I would love to win this cookbook.My husband has celiac disease and now my 9 year son also has it.Always looking for new things to make, it is so hard to keep a 9 year old happy with this disease.

  105. Anita Johnson on May 8th, 2013 9:28 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this WS Gluten Free Book. I would love to win it

  106. Anita Johnson on May 8th, 2013 9:29 pm

    I tweeted

  107. Mary DK on May 8th, 2013 9:30 pm

    I shared the recipe/picture of the fish tacos on my gluten free meals Pinterest board.

  108. Colinda Ronayne on May 8th, 2013 9:38 pm

    I shared this on facebook!!

  109. Robin on May 8th, 2013 9:43 pm

    You had me at “weeknight”…I’d love to win this book because weeknight meals are my biggest challenge to get onto the table for my family!

  110. Moreen on May 8th, 2013 9:45 pm

    I would absolutely love to win it.

  111. Kathy on May 8th, 2013 9:50 pm

    Shared on Facebook!

  112. Kathryn on May 8th, 2013 9:51 pm

    Very interesting interview, Shirley. If those recipes are half as delicious as the photos this book is a gem. I love the naturally gluten free approach Kristine uses and will definitely check her book out.

  113. Angeline on May 8th, 2013 9:54 pm

    I have recently been diagnised with coeliac disease. My beautiful husband wants to be able to cook for me as I often have to work late. This would make our lives considerably easier.

  114. cyndy bumgardner on May 8th, 2013 10:14 pm

    I collect cookbooks and this one looks amazing!

  115. kari alterman on May 8th, 2013 10:16 pm

    This looks terrific. I’ve only been GF for 3 months, after an endoscope revealed that my lingering anemia was from Celiac. I have an extensive cookbook collection–but they are all almost obsolete now. Time to rebuild, and this looks like one I’ll come back to again and again. Thanks for your insights!

  116. Heidi on May 8th, 2013 10:19 pm

    What a treat! This cookbook looks amazing and the recipes so yummy. This gluten-free girl would love a copy, it’s exactly what our busy family needs! Thank you for your generosity Kristine and Williams Sonoma and gfe!

  117. Robin on May 8th, 2013 10:24 pm

    Me.Me.Me.Me! I want one!!!! (Can you see me jumping up and down?) My gluten-free household loves new recipe ideas. Thank you for all of the wonderful ones you provide! :)

  118. Jeeun on May 8th, 2013 10:30 pm

    Sounds like an amazing, beautiful book. Would love to win!

  119. Jennifer on May 8th, 2013 10:44 pm

    Oh I’d love this cookbook!! I’m on bedrest, hubby is “cooking” for now, and I can hardly eat another bite of GF Chinese food!! The twins will be here in the next few weeks, so having food that can be made at home is needed! This looks absolutely perfect!! :)

  120. Leta on May 8th, 2013 10:45 pm

    I feel better when I eat GF. Have digestive problems, not no diagnosis. Would love some new recipes!

  121. Cindy on May 8th, 2013 10:48 pm

    These recipes look amazing! I used to love to try recipes in Bon Appetit and would love to make that kind of food again.

  122. Tanya on May 8th, 2013 10:51 pm

    I’d love to win this book for some healthy recipes. I’ve been gluten free for 9 years, and I have some favorite recipes, but need to HEALTHIER ones! :) Pick me. Pick me! :)

  123. Margaret Cornish on May 8th, 2013 11:04 pm

    I was diagnosed with MS 7 years ago. Over the last few years my relapses have begun to increase and I have lost partial vision in one eye despite the fact that I am religious about taking my meds. I am just beginning to try to go gluten free, but am finding it difficult. I would like to really be able to cook gluten free AND healthy to prevent more relapses.

  124. Linda Witt on May 8th, 2013 11:11 pm

    I would love this cookbook. Both my daughter and I are gluten free and we could use some direction on cooking gluten free.

  125. Rachel Rusticus on May 8th, 2013 11:14 pm

    I follow on twitter, my name there is redeemingher.

  126. Rachel Rusticus on May 8th, 2013 11:15 pm

    I would love to win this book because I never know what to make for company who eats gluten free. I feel terrible when my friends cannot eat the food I make and I would love to bless others!

  127. Rachel Rusticus on May 8th, 2013 11:16 pm

    I friended you on facebook-Rachel Rusticus.

    creativerachelr (at) gmail (dot) com

  128. Christine on May 8th, 2013 11:16 pm

    I would love to win this book, because i love finding new meals especially for busy weeknights for my gluten free family of 5!

  129. Janet Lewis on May 8th, 2013 11:32 pm

    I would love to win this gluten free cook book. The recipes sound delicious!

  130. Colleen M on May 8th, 2013 11:50 pm

    I have been GF for a few years and would love to learn some new recipes. I need some new inspiration in the kitchen. Thanks for the opportunity to win the cookbook.

  131. Rebecca S on May 9th, 2013 12:54 am

    My husband has just been diagnosed and anything that can help us with food for him is a godsend.
    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of your book :)

  132. Megan @ Allergy Free Alaska on May 9th, 2013 2:01 am

    I LOVE the pictures from this book that you shared with us, Shirley! It looks like a wonderful cookbook!

  133. Brittney Awyzio on May 9th, 2013 3:37 am

    I have recently been diagnosed with coeliac disease. It would be a breath of fresh air to find out some easy new week night recipes. It would add some variety into my food and help me discover a new way of cooking now as gluten free. This book looks fantastic, I would love to own it!

  134. Nicola on May 9th, 2013 8:27 am

    I want to add the book to my recipe book challenge: http://eatwithoutwheat.blogspot.co.uk/p/2013-recipe-book-challenge.html

  135. Jen on May 9th, 2013 8:39 am

    I am starting a gluten free consulting business, donation based, so that people who cannot afford a dietitian can come to me to learn the gluten free diet. This book would help me find recipes to share!

  136. Debbie on May 9th, 2013 10:07 am

    I would really like to win the book as I’m just trying to transition over to gluten free and need lots of help.

  137. Lewaletzko on May 9th, 2013 10:30 am

    I’m newly gluten free and trying to find my way in a confusing world…cooking is a new hobby that seems to bring me great joy.

  138. amber on May 9th, 2013 1:23 pm

    Hi Shirley,

    You sure do a great job with reviews. I love how much detail you put into them and I feel like I really get to know the author. Those fish tacos are SCREAMING my name….oh my goodness. I love being inspired, and Kristine is sure amazing and inspirational. :-) Thanks for this great giveaway.


  139. Shelly Carpenter on May 9th, 2013 7:45 pm

    I need this book! Me and my Gf teen will benefit from these recipes :-)

  140. Patti on May 11th, 2013 12:45 pm

    I only found out a year ago that I have celiac disease and at 57 I continue to struggle with finding recipes. My husband who is 63 also eats gluten free because it’s not practical or affordable to fix 2 separate meals. I’d love to win this cookbook because I need the help. Thank you.

  141. Cindy Padgett on May 13th, 2013 6:43 am

    I am so excited to receive this book as a gift!
    Thank-you Shirley.

  142. Britani on May 14th, 2013 7:26 pm

    I am so thrilled to be one of the lucky recipients of this cookbook! Thank you so much Shirley! P.S. I love your site so thanks for all of your hard work!!!

  143. Katharina on May 24th, 2013 6:35 am

    I would love to win so I could have more gluten free weeknight recipes for when I work and my husband is home with the kids.

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