The other day I told you how Lexie (Lexie’s Kitchen) had likened entering the allergy-free world to being a pioneer in her wonderful new cookbook, Everyday Classics: 68 Tasty & Essential Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, and Soy-Free Recipes. Today for our Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts event, I’m talking about someone who really has been a pioneer in gluten-free living and a guide to all of us who have followed her, Carol Fenster. And I’m sharing her new cookbook, Gluten-Free 101: The Essential Beginner’s Guide to Easy Gluten-Free Cooking, and one of her recipes from it, these gluten-free Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting!
Chances are you know Carol from one of her many excellent cookbooks and/or her many appearances across the nation, and even around the world. Carol went gluten free 25 years ago at the advice of her physician to resolve her chronic sinusitis. It was actually much faster to resolve her health issues by living gluten free than it was to figure out how to actually live gluten free well and deliciously.
After all, those were the days of no internet, which means no online searching for recipes, ingredients, etc. We might fuss about the lack of gluten-free accommodations, ingredients, understanding, etc. now, but in Carol’s early days, she really was in unchartered territory. Eventually, though she learned what she needed, created tasty recipes, and met others who lived gluten free and shared her recipes with them. All that led to becoming a well-known and respected cookbook author and speaker (and many other gluten-free roles, such as being an editor for Living Without magazine, which is now known as Gluten Free and More, at one point).
When I started my gluten-free support group almost 10 years ago, Carol and her newsletter were one of my most frequent resources. Yes, the internet had arrived by that time, but there was still a lot of paper versus the electronic access and versions of everything that we take for granted today, so I’d print out enough copies of Carol’s newsletter to share with my group each month as not all had computer access. At meetings I’d highlight tips she’d shared in her newsletter and talk about any recipes I’d tried. Her tasty pizza and delicious chocolate chip cookies still stick in my mind.
So it was a real pleasure to actually meet Carol in person a few years ago at one of the major gluten-free events. She’s truly such a lovely person. She was doing a bread-making demonstration, and although I’m not much of a traditional bread person (before or after going gluten free), I just had to take time to sit in on her session for a while. She was doing what she’s done since shortly after her early pioneer days, sharing all that she has learned about gluten-free baking and cooking with others. Everyone was enthralled, of course. She made everything look very easy! If you’d like to see Carol in the kitchen, be sure to check out her videos on her site here.
Gluten-Free 101: The Essential Beginner’s Guide to Easy Gluten-Free Cooking is Carol’s 11th cookbook; what an accomplishment! Check them out on Amazon and you’ll see that all garner at least 4 stars and most have a 4 ½-star rating. Again, that’s a coup.
A few of you gluten-free “veterans” might have experienced a bit of déjà vu when reading the name of this book in association with Carol. You were not mistaken. Carol did have an earlier book called Gluten-Free 101. This new book has been completely revised and offers much more. For example, there are 175 recipes, 30 of which are new. Each recipe has nutrition information. There are more time-saving techniques, menu ideas and planning tips, and smaller meals and what Carol calls “bites,” which are geared to the family on the go.
There are 51 pages of all the information you need to know for living gluten-free as well as possible before the recipes begin in this book. This is the first of Carol’s books that I’ve personally seen that has photographs, and these are color photographs, which add a lot to this book.
This is an all-purpose type cookbook which is just what the “newbie” or the “veteran” needs for living gluten free. You’ll find recipes in the following categories: “Breakfast & Brunch,” “Small Bites,” Soups & Salads,” “Main Dishes,” “Breads,” and “Desserts.” The “Breads” category runs 40 pages so if good gluten-free bread recipes and tips are what you are looking for, this section and cookbook will definitely appeal to you! I know that even I was eyeing the photo of the beautiful baguettes!
But our event is all about sweets, so let’s talk about Carol’s desserts for a moment. There are Cookies and Bars; Cakes, Cupcakes, and Frostings; Pies, Tarts, Cobblers, and Crisps; and Puddings and Cheesecakes. Today I get to share Carol’s Red Velvet Cupcakes, which I think are pretty much the perfect dessert for Valentine’s Day! Sweethearts of all ages—even 25 of them in your child’s classroom perhaps—will love these cupcakes! You’ll find the recipe and photo, reprinted with permission of Carol and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, at the bottom of this post.
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed.
Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Gluten-Free Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe creator Carol Fenster says: "Now you can enjoy this wildly popular treat, just like everybody else. This recipe makes dainty little cupcakes with flat tops (easier to frost), and their brilliant red color is so inviting. Arrange them on a pedestal cake stand for maximum effect when serving your guests."
- 1 cup gluten-free flour mix (see notes for Carol's blend)
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter or buttery spread, melted and cooled slightly
- 2 large whole eggs, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon red food coloring
- 1/2 cup water, at room temperature
1 batch Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
- 3 ounces softened, reduced-fat cream cheese or cream cheese alternative
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk (or water)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup standard nonstick (gray, not black) muffin with paper liners.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour blend, cocoa, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt until well blended.
- In a medium bowl, beat the sugar and butter with an electric mixer on low speed until well blended. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well blended. Add the vanilla and food coloring to the water. With the mixer on low speed, beat in one-third of the flour mixture at a time alternating with the water, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Spoon 1/4 cup of the batter into each liner.
- Bake until the cupcakes are firm and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool the cupcakes in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Transfer the cupcakes to the wire rack to cool completely. Frost and serve.
- For Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting, in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on low speed, beat softened cream cheese or cream cheese alternative, powdered sugar, milk (or water), and vanilla extract together until well blended and smooth.
For Gluten-Free Flour Blend, use the following: ½ cups sorghum flour, ½ cups potato starch, and 1 cup tapioca flour. Whisk together and store, tightly covered, in a dark, dry, place.
Makes 12 cupcakes.
Reprinted with permission from Gluten-Free 101: The Essential Beginner’s Guide to Easy Gluten-Free Cooking by Carol Fenster (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014).
Disclosure: This giveaway is jointly sponsored by Carol Fenster, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and gfe. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Originally published February 11, 2014; updated November 10, 2018.
Amanda Buron says
I need some gluten free sandwich bread recipes for my kids’ lunches please
Thanks for this one … you’re like my personal mind-reader when it comes to food. I’ve been wanting to make something for my hubby and daughter for Valentines and this is the favorite but I have yet to make it GF (in a lot of years). YAY!
I would love to win this – Doctor has said that I need to be gluten free – I have tried but is hard for me especially when it comes to baked goods. I love to cook all things but love to bake and share my goods.
Jeanie Wangler says
I can’t wait to try these Red Velvet cupcakes – yummy!!!!
Carol Fenster says
Thanks so much for your lovely post, Shirley. Your blog is fantastic, a great resource for the gluten-free world. Keep up the good work and hope to see you at a gluten-free event soon. Best, Carol Fenster
Joy McGaha says
Hello carol, can I substitute white rice flour instead of sorghum flour in all your recipes?
Shirley Braden says
Hi Joy–Carol is no longer checking these comments, but I checked with her and she said that, yes, you can substitute white rice flour for the sorghum flour in her recipes. Good news! I was happy to hear that myself as I don’t do well with sorghum.
moriah c says
Thanks, again, Shirley for a wonderful giveaway and recipe. This recipe couldn’t have come at a more perfect time as my daughter requested red velvet cake for her birthday – Valentine’s Day. 🙂
Sounds like a great book to add to my small GF library! Thanks for the chance Shirley!!
Sandy Y says
Would love to win this cookbook. My husband recently found out he needs to eat gluten free. Need as many good recipes I can get. Thanks
I am brand new to the GF world and so confused and overwhelmed and turning in circles. I have dabbled with baking and have had very many failures. I am having days where I just want to give up. I have added this book to my list to find!
This is wonderful! I am not new to gluten-free but need some encouragement and I love cookbooks!! Thank you for the giveaway!
Hi Shirley – thanks so much for once again bringing us gluten free foodies something yummy to try!
Sarah || Celiac in the City says
Carol never disappoints! Great giveaway, Shirley — this would be a great book to have as a resource, but also perfect for giving away to newbies. And red velvet? BIG fan over here! (just made some red velvet brownie bites last week)
Sarah || Celiac in the City says
Already your #1 fan on FB. 😉
It will be good to have this book, already fan on FB for both GFE and Carol’s. Thanks for the giveaway.
Jessica Hollinger says
Pick me! I always love trying new gluten free recipes!
I’d love this as I have gluten and dairy allergies!
Jane Rhodes says
Newly diagnosed partner… in need of inspiration!
Penny Berry Staley says
How exciting to win this book. Struggling but you’re keeping my hopes alive!!! <3
Julie Boyatt says
I would love to have a gluten free cookbook! I’m Celiac and just go off the cuff when I cook. It would be nice to branch out!
Karyn Mericle says
New to GF (only 10 days in). Just diagnosed and slowly learning the ropes. 🙂
Courtney K says
I am GF and love new recipes!! I especially love red velvet cupcakes! Added carol as a friend! 🙂
Karina Beaudoin says
It is so hard to find a good GF cookbook. Especially for a newbie.
New to gluten free and really needing all the help I can get.
Tj Detiege says
A new cook book would be so nice! I am so sick of getting sick from my food!
Megan Merkl says
My son has celiac and I love following you on Facebook and making delicious meals for my family!
Chloe smith says
It would be really good if I won because I have allergies to gluten, wheat, peanuts
this cookbook is much needed. we’ve got to get gluten out of our diet but it’s so overwhelming! i dont even know where to start.
Kim Wassong says
I would love to WIn this book. I am new to Gluten free and have a alot to learn.
lou mickelson says
i am struggling with this gluten free baking, I need help.
Trying to learn how to cook gf because our daughter needs it and we also have a resturant that we would like to offer more options
I’m fairly new to GF and have a friend I’d love to be able to have over for dinner…This book will help w/both
I am new to being gf, off all wheat and gluten since Dec. 5th and it has been tough, between that and other food sensitivities and allergies. I love to bake and cook and am enjoying new ways of making things and doing things. Really feeling better and will soon have a procedure to find out if I have celiac disease or just a sensitivity, hoping for the latter. I would love this cookbook because as a busy mom the easier the better!
Diane Kullerstrand says
Just starting the gluten-free journey and need a cookbook like this.
I have your page on my Facebook likes, new to gluten free, started 4 months ago… and struggling to keep myself on track.
Dyanne Spease says
I am new to the gluten free world and could use some guidance. Would love to win this cookbook.
Melanie l says
We’ve been gluten free for awhile. Only my husband has to be but we are looking for new recipes to help the little one be more excited about food.
Heather Siderius says
I have been gluten free for about 10 months…so still finding my way in this gluten free world…but having fun doing it!!
Dawn Johnson says
I am now having to learn a new way to cook. My health depends on it. This book would be a great way to help me out.
Nicole Aguilar says
I’m a newbie to gluten-free and this would help a ton!
Rhona Crouthamel says
I am new to GF and very frustrated trying to figure this out! I could really use a few “101” lessons.
Carol Bilodeau says
My system needs to go gluten free and this book will help the process. Thanks
I am new to gluten free and need some recipes. Thanks!
Lucille Cloutier says
I was diagnosed with Celiace in August and am just learning to good GF…I could use all the help I can get.
Kathy M. says
I’m relatively new to the gluten free world and need extra help. Think this cookbook would be a great help.
I would love this book!!!
I liked gfe on Facebook and clicked on “Get Notifications.”
darla sieg says
would love to win this. been gluten free for about a year.
Nanette Goode says
I’ve been gluten free for a year and my husband just joined me. We both feel so much better. Would love this cookbook to try some new recipes!! Thanks!!
Kathy M. says
I like GFE on Facebook.
I am in the process of trying to switch to gluten free. This is all very new to me. I would love to win this book! Also, I would love any tips and pointers to help get me started!
Lois Auger-Barrie says
Trying to help my grand daughter have things that feel normal to her
shannon Johnston says
As a family we have gone Gluten free – this is our 6th week!! We could use some more desserts ;). Red Velvet cake has always been my favorite, as a little girl my Granny made it for my Birthday every year from age 5 until 8 years ago when she became I’ll and passed away. It will always remind me of her 🙂
Terri Bagley says
My daughter was just diagnosed with Celiac’s Disease 2 months ago. She is away at college and it has been difficult as a single mom to help her find cheaper alternatives to the sparse offerings on campus. This cookbook would certainly help!
Sara Bruce says
I am new to the GF world since I have been recently been told by my doctor that I Have a GF intolerance. I love Red Velvet cake, and can’t wait to try this recipe. I hope to also win your book, but if I don’t, I’ll head over to Amazon. 🙂
This looks amazing!!!
Tammy Austin says
Would love some help with gluten free recipes. In Yoga Teacher Training right now.
Tiffany Van Vooren says
Our 2.5 year old son was recently diagnosed with a gluten sensitivity. We are trying to find toddler friendly foods which he will enjoy.
Katherine Hoffman says
I am a big fan of Carol Fenster’s and own her Gluten Free Quick and Easy cookbook. I would truly love to have her new cookbook! She has a wonderful way with recipes!
Penny Cuccio says
I am fairly new to celiac disease and still learning how to cook differently. Some days are easy and some not. But the recipes you provide are very helpful and yummy. Thank you.
We are 2 weeks into a gluten-free diet with my 7 year old son. I am very overwhelmed & this cookbook looks like it would help me become comforable in our new “world”.
I am new to eating gluten free and love that there is a recipe that allows you to still have red velvet yummies. It is my favorite!
Tracy Roederer says
Would love this cookbook! I’m new to gluten free, found out I’m gluten intolerant last fall and have no cookbooks with GF recipes, so this would be great.
Amanda Short says
I have been gluten free for a little over two and a half years now. I am a freshman in college and now have to fend for myself when it comes to meals. It is so hard to come up with something to eat when I am always so busy. A book like this would be amazing. It would save me so much time searching the web for recipes!
Deb Nickel says
Just diagnosed and struggling! Would love some help!!
Liked gfe and getting notifications!
Stacie Knuth says
This would be so helpful!
Just like gfe on facebook
Bev Howcroft says
My hubby is new to gluten free having been diagnosed with coeliac disease and I am having problems ensuring that I cook the proper things for him so would love a copy of your book please.
i have a huge family were trying to learn to cook gluten free because i have celic disease its been hard to do with a family of 20 i would love to win so i can learn how to do it better
We love trying new gluten free recipes!
I liked gfe on facebook
I bought one of Carol’s books when I first went gluten-free. I have used it often since. I’d love another one!
Jennifer Werstein says
I just started the GF process .. have Hashi’s and Lyme’s disease … Oh my goodness I need help with recipes … Liked on FB and friend Carol Fenster…
Ann Prosek says
Was diagnosed about 5 years ago – had been very sick before that. Went on gluten/wheat free diet immediately. This would help me greatly as so many gluten free foods are getting a little boring. Need some great recipes to refresh my pallete, and something to entice my appetite again.
Thank you very much.
I friended and followed Carol Fenster.
Just starting down the GF road and can use all the help I can get! Thank you!
I am somewhat new to GF and would love more tips and tricks!
MRS. SHIRLEY JOHNSON says
I WOULD LOVE TO WIN THE GLUTEN FREE COOKBOOK SINCE MY HUSBAND HAS TO BE GLTEN FREE. I AM AT A LOSS WHAT TO COOK FOR HIM ANYMORE.
Linda Mathijssen says
Looks so yummy! 🙂
Heather Marshall says
Just learning all I can to be gf, gf for 5 months now. Thanks heather
Kathleen Hickey says
New to Gluten Free, not by choice.
Beth Camassar says
I enjoy the recipes posted on Facebook and have ordered
Many cookbooks, detox recipes to help me with fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis.
JoLynn Rasmussen says
It’s been four months of learning how to eat again. I’ve started preparing gluten free meals. I’ve had some terrible misses and the foods did not turn out. This book would be awesome so I can have good food once again.
Melinda Merritt Jones says
I have an 18 year old daughter with celiac. We are always looking for new recipes. This recipe book would be an awesome addition to our research.
Laurie Trueblood says
I just started eating gluten free as of Feb 1st. It’s challenging to me at times trying to figure out what to make, I dont want to buy premade food from the store. Would like to cook from scratch at home.
Amy Brennan says
I have been playing with gluten free recipes for a couple weeks now but am having a hard time going fully gf. I think this would help me along!
Maggie Scallion says
My Grandson has to eat gluten free foods and this cookbook would sure be useful for me when he comes to my house.
Stacy Bishop says
My family is new to the world of gluten-free, and I need all the help I can get! Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂
Estella Grablick says
My 6 year old has a wheat allergy- so we cook GF!
Stacy Bishop says
Liked & following gfe on FB.
I would love to have your book! Right now I search all over Pinterest to find good GF recipes.
Diagnosed with celiac 7 years ago, would sure love some new ideas when cooking! Thanks
Melissa Pevestorf says
This would be great. My family has been gluten free for over 2 years and people are always asking me for good recipes. This would be wonderful to share!
Stacy Bishop says
Sent FB friend request to Carol Fenster. Awaiting acceptance so I can follow her posts. 🙂
Emily Wilkinson says
I am anxious to find healthy ways to enjoy foods without junk carbs to maintain the 52 pounds I’ve lost. Sooo want this!! 🙂
Gail Tilley says
I need some help with recipes as fed up with plain and boring most of the time .
Love these recipes!
I found out just a couple months ago that gluten has been causing all my health issues. I haven’t tried making my own bread yet, but one of these days I want to get the guts up to do it!!
Liked gfe on facebook…. the pics on there are making me hungry. 🙂
Gloria Denholm says
Would love to win this! Although I do not have a allergy to wheat I choose to eat as GO as much as I can which I’m about 85% gf. My daughter who is 17 months old eats gf 85-90% in her diet. I’d love some new recipes!
Laura Osborne says
Hi, My husband is gluten,oats, barley, and soy intolerant. Therefore, I have changed the way I cook for us.We are always looking for new foods. I would love to try this cookbook and see if I could “spice” up our choice of foods.Thanks for the give away.
Diana Zebley says
I would like to try Gluten Free as I hear it’s best for those with Hashimoto’s.
Sandra Noe says
Always wanting to add to my gluten free cookbooks, especially when they are from you!
Just went and liked gfe. Yippee!
Fairly new to celiac, just diagnosed around Christmas-time. Still learning! And one big thing I’m learning is that the pre-packaged stuff is not always tasty or healthy–so I need to do more cooking from scratch–so I need cookbooks!
Marilyn O'Krane says
I have an allergy to wheat and would love to win this , Have been gluten intolerant for some time now thanx
I’m fairly new to the gf lifestyle (about 6 months) so a cookbook would be very helpful! 🙂
Monica Reinke says
I am fairly new to being gluten free and need help when it comes to finding good recipes. Would love the cookbook.
I just “liked” gfe on Facebook too!
Nicole Pirovolos (coupons) says
I have multiple illnesses I’m trying to lessen the effects of by going GF. I’m overwhelmed. This book would be a blessing. Thank you for the opportunity!
Marie Gernon says
My daughter is celiac with a dairy allergy.
She is 10 now and an inspiration to everyone around her who is going through the same issues. This book will help us a lot in finding and sharing new recipes.
Thanks for the contest and the opportunity.
I’m new to gluten free, so this would be a great help to get me cooking again.
Cheryl Ardis says
Can’t wait to try the red velvet cupcakes but the lemon bar picture made me realize I haven’t had lemon bars since well before 2005 when I was diagnosed. Thank you!
I desperately need a real course in GF 101!!! I am so tired of eating the same boring menu every day because I am so afraid of getting glutenized by my own stupidity.
Linda Milligan says
Snap Eileen I feel exactly the same and not much variety in my part of the world.
I’ve been gluten-free for nearly 4 years now. I experiment in the kitchen frequently and have found lots of helpful recipes/info online. It would be great to hold this cookbook in my hands and look through it. Looks like a great one!
Debora B says
Recently diagnosed with celiac. Happily changing my diet.
Christy Stevens says
I would love to win this book! I found out at the end of February 2013 that I had Celiac Disease severally and the tiniest contamination makes me deathly ill. Its been a hard 12 months and I am still struggling because I feel there isn’t much out there that I can eat. I have lost 85 pounds and four pant sizes in the past 12 months from cutting gluten and dairy from my diet because both make me incredibly ill. I would love to have this book so that I can find other things to eat. I live in Alaska and feel there aren’t very many resources for me here and so many people hear either don’t know what Celiac Disease is or they don’t believe I am that severally allergic to it until they see me so sick. Please pick me!!
Jeannette Roy says
I think you should let the lady who lives in Alaska. Christy Stevens win this book. I would like to have one too to give to my daughter who is just going to start her journey of Gluten free living.. I have heard of this marvelous book.. I have been gluten free for over 5 years..Have not had this book to help me out.. I am 80 yeas old
I have been looking for new ideas for my family. My son wanted red velvet for his birthday & my daughter & I are both Celiacs. So excited to find a new resource!!!
I am starting my 6th week, and my digestive tract has found peace at last. It is so worth the adjustment. Still learning all the time about changing the bread habit, cookies habit, etc. habit to more protein, veggies, and berries. Thanks.
Recently discovered that I and my newborn are not gluten intolerant. I have been searching for new recipes and ideas for our new lifestyle change. This book looks to be what I have been searching for! Congrats on another new book release!
Bill McLeod says
Would like win for my daughter who has had to go gluten free at 17 years old.
Nancy Quayle says
My husband has gone gluten free since November and it has been life changing for him. He has dealt with chronic pain from inflammation for over 25 years and is living almost pain free since we’ve switched. I try to eat gluten free as much as possible to support him. Would love a cookbook with some new recipes to try for him!
Alison Senesac says
I want to go GF but need some help with what to make and how to make it. It would be wonderful to win
Linda Milligan says
Have just gone gluten free [6 months now]as I was always being sick after eating. this was not very good for me as I have been diabetic 25 years I have never felt as good as I do now even after this short stretch of time. I really could do with some help with recipes and a bit of tutoring in how to convert old recipes so my husband and I can still enjoy. Bless him he has gone GF with me hope you will help.
Stephanie R says
My 4 year old daughter has celiac disease, so this cookbook would help me with new food ideas for her.
Sheilah Lowe says
I had to have thyroid removed and have heard gf may be the way to go.
Angela B says
Loving that a GF diet has calmed my son’s behavior challenges.
Andrea Nadel says
I’ve been collecting GF recipes for over a year since my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac’s – would love the cookbook
I have one of Carol’s cookbooks, and would love to have another!!!
Patty Jackson says
Just started gluten free. Always looking for new ideas and recipes!
Toni Anderson says
I have been gluten free for 2 years and feel better than I have in 10 years! I would love to enjoy this cookbook for years to come. I would be most grateful!
Rachel Dixon says
I really could do with help as I still have my l plates on and I desperately need help getting my head round it x
Sara Irizarry says
Love it. All the recipes look delicious
Wendy Haugr says
My daughter was diagnoised celiacs. Our whole family has decided to go gluten free.
Laura Fox says
I am trying to change my families eating habits which is SO difficult. I would love to read this book! Pick me!
This cookbook would be a tremendous help in the
overwhelming world of GF. After years of struggling
with illness, to numerous to mention, a light bulb
finally went off and I put 2 & 2 together. Duh! Anyway, thanks for the chance. The red velvet cupcakes look amazing. Any help or advice is much needed and appreciated.
Susan Brooks says
I haven’t eaten gluten for a year. I still have trouble finding good tasting food.
I am new to gluten free after years of stomach problems. Would love to have a cookbook. It would be my first gluten free cookbook. Thanks!
LeAnne Clark says
I just recently have gone gluten free and am looking to replace my traditional cookbooks with gluten free options. I love to cook and bake for my family. This cookbook would help my daughter and I continue to be GF with ease and help me convince my son that GF really isn’t all that bad, 🙂
Krystal Mahon says
Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this cookbook. I LOVE Carol Fenster’s cookbooks!!! Love, Love, Love them!!!
Deena Payne says
I have been GF for over a year now. I am constantly reading and searching for new ideas for recipes and twists on my favorite foods.
I would love to add this book to my library.
Tammy Guastadisegni says
I would love this recipe book. I was diagnosed in September of 2013, and am still learning. Thanks for offering this contest.
Karen Cox says
4 year old with celiac- always needing ideas for meals!
Angela Chaffee says
Found out I’m allergic to gluten. I’m a little overwhelmed and lost would love this book. I think it would benefit me and my family. Thanks!
We are new at going gluten free. I have a son with SPD and have read cutting gluten with help him tolerate things more and calm him down. I also have just recently found out I have a slight intolerance to gluten which has been causing my headaches, inflamation, fatigue & foggy brain. We can really use the book to help with meals.
Jami Good says
Ooooh…gf Red Velvet?! Neato.
Mary Nash says
I am still fairly new to the gluten free lifestyle. I have 2 little ones so don’t have lots of free time for investigation into gf options or to spend time preparing elaborate gf meals. I am always looking for great tools to help me out. This cookbook sounds like it might just fit the bill 🙂
8 out of the 12 in our family needs to be gluten free and since I am nursing one of those 8, so do I (making it 9 out of 12).
My daughter just learned she’s allergic to wheat. Looking for cookbooks for gluten free.
Cook Dee says
Our daughter has celiac. It has been years since she was diagnosed and even now her siblings do not understand the severity of contamination. It would be great to offer them this cookbook to help them to comprehend the situation.
Jaime Hughes says
My 8 year old daughter and myself are just starting to go Gluten free as we both have sensitivities and I need all the help I can get when it comes to cooking Gluten Free. This cookbook looks awesome:)
Lindsay Hazen says
For years and years I couldn’t figure out why I stayed so skinny, why I was always sick.. I tried everything i could think of to gain weight and get healthy. and then last year my body told me it had had enough of my ignorance and failed attempts and I landed in the hospital. The doctors themselves didn’t even think to look for Celiac’s. A good friend of mine was listening to my symptoms and suggested I look into gluten intolerance. I’ve been gluten free for almost four months now and I’m just starting to feel the positive changes happening inside 🙂 I’m so happy to finally be getting healthy, but I’m scared to try new things on my own because of how sick just a little contamination will have me for days.. I’ve been collecting and trying recipes from all my newfound gf resources, but the cookbooks most of all give me hope that I can eventually have a decent quality of life, and feel normal in my kitchen instead of feeling like “special needs” girl. Even if I don’t win, thank you for everything you post. Its been more help than I can ever really say. Last year I was afraid to die. This year I’m looking at finally being healthy. Thank you
Mary Nash says
I now like gfe on facebook!
Lana Myers says
I have so many friends that are Gulten Free. I Love to cook and would to be able to cook for them.
Nancy Stone says
I recently discovered that I am gluten intolerant and apparently have been for a long time! I have been trying to remove all gluten from my and my family’s diet. I also am the culinary coordinator and cook at a large church in Tallahassee and have been hearing about many people with the same issues. I would like to switch over my menus to many all gluten-free recipes. This would be beneficial and healthier for all. (I would love to do it and not tell them! haha!) I would love this cookbook to help me with this!
Debbie D says
Just getting the hang of gluten free. Definitely has made a difference in how I feel. Always looking for great new recipes.
Shawna Haertter says
I would love this book. Celiac disease gave me colorectal cancer and I have been cancer free for 3 years!! This book would really help my GF family!
Sarah Daniels says
I love reading all of the recipes as I recently have had to go gluten Free…
Barbara Stefanacci says
Thank you so much for this great opportunity!
Isabella Lowe says
A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with severe diverticulitis and will be having surgery some time this year as my colon is permanently damaged. I am trying to put off this surgery because I’m scared. Prior to Christmas both my husband and I have started eating gluten-free. I feel eating gluten-free has taken some of the edge off my pain. I would like to have the opportunity to win this book so that I can cook more gluten-free meals. Thank you Isabella Lowe
Susan Aldrich says
I have had celiac sprue for almost four years. I am always looking for new recipes.
Lisa Hinds says
New to gluten free so every tool to help make this transition easier would be very helpful!! 🙂
Connie Zarate says
My husband is celiac and now my niece who is also celiac just moved in with us. It’s always a struggle to find good tasting gluten free recipes. My husband’s favorite dessert is red velvet cupcakes so winning this cookbook would be so amazing!
Mary Nash says
We are now friends on facebook! I’m really excited to follow your posts 🙂
Rachel Miller says
Would love to win! I have been GF for almost 2yrs now. It is still a struggle at times and I am still very much learning the dos and donts.
Kristy Bachnivsky says
I would love more gluten free recipes. I have been gluten free for about 9 months now and I am running out of new recipes!
We’re always looking for good gf recipes now. These look like they could be a hit !
(Lots of g’kids to treat…)
been gf free for a few months…now I have new common food sensitivities like white potato and almond that are leaving me ..sad. Looking for more cooking ideas.
Jennifer Eicher says
I have been gluten free since September 2013. I’ve lost 20 lbs and have so much more energy and just feel over all healthier. Would love to win this cookbook to discover even more delicious ways to live gluten free.
Bobbi Fry says
my husband was just diagnosed with celiac disease. This gluten free seems a little overwhelming right now. I am looking up every meal to make sure he can have it and hoping I don’t miss something that will make him sick. I am a baker and that leaves even more changes for me since he has always been my sampler.
Debbi K says
Thank you for the opportunity! I recently became gluten free for health reason and I am trying to learn all about it!
I ‘Liked’ gfe on FB !
Donna B says
I myself do not eat gluten free but I try to do some baking for some friends that do. I also pass on any recipes and information I think they might not have come across. I would love to win this cookbook. I love pinning from this website!
Sue Robinson says
Recently diagnosed and trying to find great recipes
Karen Wilde says
My daughters have been suffering for many, many years from stomach and intestinal issues. One has learned she is gluten intolerant along with other specific food allergies, while my other daughter is both gluten and dairy free now. They decided I should get tested but I put it off for a long time because I never suffered like them. Come to find out, I am also gluten and dairy sensitive, thus the reason for not suffering as bad as them. So I am now trying to learn to re-educate myself on how to cook (preferably with good flavor!) for my family. However I am struggling to find things that taste good and don’t cost twice as much as the food I was used to eating. I would love to win this book… I could use any help I can get!
Diane B says
Would love to have this book. It’s hard having to check things on the internet all the time. Also having to look for new stuff when you get tired of eating the same old stuff.
Donna B says
I follow gfe on facebook.
I “friended” Carol Fenster on Facebook and “Follow” her posts.
Kristine Andrew says
I would love a copy as only having just found out I have hypothyroidism and researching, I am now gluten free to try to keep my health in check and avoid taking too many drugs to control this disease.
Amy Stewart says
I have 4 kiddos and 2 are gluten free. I’m always looking for new yummy recipes.
Amy Stewart says
I “Like” GFW on Facebook.
Amy Burke says
Thank you for a wonderful giveaway. I am always looking for new recipes to share with my GF friends. Especially the breads. Thank you for sharing with all of us.
My little boy is sensitive for gluten. We had no idea his behavior can change so significantly after we did let go bread and pasta. But he loves those both. I am kind of scarred of xathan gum and other similar names. I don’t know what they are and there is too many information for me to absorb also give up our diet- almost for life – isn’t easy.
I would LOVE to win that book and use it as a guide. Thank you!
Elizabeth M says
I’m fairly new to the world of allergy-free eating. I’ve missed red velvet, so I’m eager to try those!
I’ve “played” with Gluten free before, but now may need to fully devote to it for medical reasons! (testings to be determined!) This would sure help!
Elizabeth M says
I’m a GFE Facebook fan too.
Michael G says
I’m new to gluten free. I care for my 89 and 90 year old parents. It’s a whole new world. I never thought I would be cooking for myself nevermind the folks.It is a challenge just to find gluten free items in the stores with any variety. This book would be a great help.
I am still looking for good gluten free bread recipes.
I like gfe on Facebook.
Friend requested Carol Fenster. Will follow as soon as she accepts.
My daughter went gluten free last year and felt so much better. The more I learned about gluten sensitivity, the more convinced I was that I am sensitive myself. After only a few weeks of being gluten free, I feel so much better. And if I accidentally eat gluten, I feel rotten. I would love to win this cookbook. But I’m glad to know about it. Either way, it’s joining my collection.
Alice Louise H says
Great posts with gf recipes to follow…I friended Carol Fenster…her cook books & recipes are great!! Will follow as soon as she accepts my request.
My granddaughter has Celiac’s and I would love to have a gluten free cookbook so we can continue to bake together.
Thinking about cutting out gluten to help with #PCOS. This would help so much!
Would love to win this cookbook. Am struggling to cook for my daughter who is on the low FODMAP diet.
Would love to have this my daughter and I just found out that we have to gf and need to learn how to cook all over again.
Have also liked the GFE Facebook page.
I need all the inspiration I can get, the food looks so yummy!!!
Suzanne Lapin says
Going GF for my special needs son ❤️
Since 2 months my son (17) and I are glutenfree (celiac not for fun). I love the American glutenfree recipe sites and follow a lot on fb.
It is hard for a seventeen year old to start eating again, leaving old favorites behind. Thanks for the internet where I can find his new favorites!
I already searched for Carol’s books in Dutch, but she not translated yet….
So English will do 🙂
Greetings from the Netherlands
Audra Searcy says
I have been gluten free for a few years now and I gotta say where I live I find it very hard to find any real treats, or anything. It would be nice to have some every once in a while though.
Julie Rakowski says
I have been gf for about 8yrs. I am always looking for new recipes and helping new and old friends who are being diagnosed over the years.
Andrea Monroe says
Awesome!!! I would love to get new recipes. I have been GF for 20 hers and new ideas are always great!!!
Rebecca woods says
Hi my son has recently been diognoised with coeliac disease & I really would like some decent recipes for him as most things are not available or way to expensive
Nancy Stabile says
I love Carol Fenster’s books. I own at least 4 of her books and I would love the updated version of 101!
Sheila McCoy says
This would be great to have still learning about this.
Lisa Rago says
My daughter and I have been recently started a gluten free diet. She is a cancer survivor and is newly married. I am working on finding her recipes that she can incorporate into her new role as wife. I also believe my son needs to be on a GF diet. He has been diagnosed with ADHD and Dyslexia. However, it is hard for him to change. He is 21 and is very active. I know he will be leaving the nest soon and would love to find recipes that will be easy and delicious for him to do. Thanks for all the hard work you put into this book and into your recipes.
Melissa piombo says
I would love to win this cookbook as I do have celiac and am always looking for new gf recipes
Rebecca Chamberlain says
I would love to do more GF cooking! I would love this book!
Julie sosnowski says
This will add more new and exciting meals to our daily living
I am new and about to be tested for Celiac. If I don’t win atleast I know where to start. Thank you for your posts
Linda Strunk says
I would absolutely love this cookbook, always looking for another great recipe for something different
Anthony Gallagher says
I am new to Gluten free Life I grew up with pasta, Bread and sweets. not having bread is my sadness. I am Blessed with some good friend who are helping me find different Gluten-Free recipes some are good and others well what can I say. I would enjoy having this book
Chelle Chapman says
I would love this cookbook!!! I love new recipes!
Janece Dahlman says
I’m just going to start a gluten free diet so this would be SOOOO helpful to have. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!
Lois Hardy says
Love to try new recipes, and these won’t make me sick.
Linda Broome says
I have not eaten gluten free before. Would like to try it. Daughter has Crohn’s and this would help her also.
Angela Henningsen says
Have trying Gluten-Free for a while now but still always on the look out for better baking recipes as it is proving challenging to get the right balance between light, fluffy and tasty.
Roxie Landry says
Do Gluten Free off and on. Would relish the opportunity of trying out the recipes in your book.
Penney Binford says
I have read one of your cookbooks and would love to have one. I just found out I have a wheat and Rye allergy and would love to have a reference book, things are so expensive and I love to cook. Thank you.
Penney Binford says
I am so excited to receive a copy of this new cookbook. My family and I will benefit from it greatly. Thank you Carol for the opportunity to have a health new life. I love to cook but do not have a Gluten free cookbook. Now we as a family can eat things that I now have to have as a life style change. I know that I will appreciate this wonderful book as a new favorite.
Thank you so much
You’re welcome and congrats once again, Penney! It’s so exciting that this is your first gluten-free cookbook! Enjoy! 🙂
Renee Steger says
Been GF for a little over a month and would love a cook book to help with changing my cooking.
susan s says
Her cookbooks are great!
We eat gf, egg, dairy, soy, nut, and egg free so I welcome another cookbook!
Renee Walgenbach says
I have several health issues that I have struggled with for many years. I was told that Gluten in my diet is making me very sick. I’m so overwhelmed right now with learning what to take out of my diet and how to cook. Thanks for all the recipes on Facebook. It helps.
Faby Faraone says
Would love the book!!!
Barbara Wharton says
Would love a great cookbook for me and my daughter to get ideas from
Chuck H says
Wife can’t eat gluten due to allergies
Kate b says
How do u therefore is he free cookbook contacts
Debbie Roe says
I am new to gluten free eating. I have severe rheumatoid arthritis and I have found that by not eating gluten I get along much easier and I’m not so stiff in the mornings. I have a family of 3 that are willing to conform to my new way of eating but I find it hard to know what to fix. Thank you for creating cookbooks for all of us! Our Heath thanks you!
I would love to have a book to teach me how to cook better gf foods
Susan Zeh says
Love Gluten free recipes!
June Marrison says
Eating Gluten Free is very new to me and a little overwhelming so would really appreciate this cookbook:)))
Marianne Carroll says
Help! I need this cookbook! I was diagnosed with Celiacs disease 10 days ago and am feeling a bit overwhelmed- this would be a godsend to me right now! Please please please pick me! 🙂
Linda williams says
I love Carol’s cookbooks! and her sorghum flour blend.
Stacy Herbage says
Our family is still new to cooking gluten free. We find out Friday if there is an intolerance or cilliacs disease. We know there is already lactose intolerant. A huge change at 32 years old.
Melissa Cunningham says
Recently found out being gluten free is wonderful for me. I’m gluten sensitive and am on my second week of being officially gluten free! I love cooking, recipes and if course sharing them!
Barbara Hill says
I invited a friend with Celiac disease to Thanksgiving Dinner and discovered how hard it is to live this lifestyle. Why does chicken broth need wheat in it? Along the way, the research I did to be able to enjoy meals with a friend, lead me to discover my own issues with gluten!
Linda Langford says
I would love to have a copy of this wonderful gluten-free cookbook. I am eating this way and would welcome some new recipes. Thank you!
Allison Kingston says
Just found out I’m gluten intolerant, and I’m all new to this gluten free stuff, I would love this cookbook to help me out with gluten free recipes.
Tina Carrington says
Would love to win this book.
Julie Higgins says
I was diagnosed with Crohn’s and a gluten intolerance 9 months ago. I have been gluten free for a year and a half (I have been having health problems since I was 16 and tried GF to see if it would help – since the doctors weren’t – and it did!). I would love this cookbook to help me become healthier and learn new tasty GF recipes.
Tina Hill says
I could so use this cookbook. I am gluten intolerant and needs some good recipes.
Melany Vogt says
Would love to win this cookbook, I am always looking for new gluten free recipes.
Sylvia Kershaw says
I have been gluten free for 10 years and I am lactose free too. I still find it frustrating finding new meals and consequently just cook the same thing and I am bored with blah food. I would love to receive your cookbook and get out of my food rut. Thanks
I just found out I tested positive for celiac yesterday. I’m so grateful there are resources like this available! I would love to win this book.
Magic and Mayhem says
I’m a longtime fan of Carol’s and have two of her cookbooks. I’d love another!
Magic and Mayhem says
Sent a friend request!
Magic and Mayhem says
Longtime follower of GFE on FB too. 🙂
Mitzi Warren says
Just starting out trying to go Gluten-Free and would love to have a cookbook! Thanks for sharing on your Facebook page!
Janet Lund says
I would love a cookbook on GF food. I am still learning about what I can and can not eat.
Sue Allen says
I eat gluten-free because I have wheat allergy. I need all the help I can get with finding recipes.
I’m also dairy-free, double whammy!!
Patricia Green says
My doctor put me on a gf diet because I am allergic to wheat and soy. It is very difficult to find things that. Have no wheat or soy in them. I am going to be 67 years old on the 23rd of February this year. I good really use the cookbooks and any information on gf diets. I am on a fixed income and this diet is expensive to follow and have good food. I really am having trouble in the bread area. Please help.
Rachel Burek says
I eat gluten free because I have Celiacs Disease!
Brenda Frauenhoff says
I have been gluten free for three years but I’m really in a rut so I’ve lost my passion for cooking. This cookbook could help bring my passion for cooking and eating back!
Meranda Dawn says
I have been gluten free for 3 years now and of the things I can no longer have I miss red velvet cake the most. It is one of those these I have not found a gf option that tastes like it should.
Just diagnosed with celiacs and I’m lost! Pick me!
Davina ashby says
I’m going gluten free to lose weight
Oh, PLEASE pick me!!! …as I sit here – tummy ache & broken out with a rash! SO need a good start to a new life!!!
For years I have suffered dermatitis and they said I was allergic to grass you walk on,in the last few years I went gluten free and my hands have improved 100% . So when ever I eat something with wheat in it my hands break out. Also I am 46 and I weigh over 150 kilos and when I first ate GF I lost 10 kilos now I struggle to lose weight.
Sandy Falter says
I am going gluten free in an attempt to alleviate symptoms of Fibro and other health issues.
Gayle Blocher says
I am thrilled to have a red velvet cake recipe. I have missed eating this for 8 years.
Going gluten free to help manage Fibromyalgia symptoms. Would love to have this cookbook.
Marnie Stewart says
I am going gluten free to lose weight. But mostly to try to alleviate my chronic migraines. I love red velvet and was so excited to see your recipe for it!
Cj Wahlen says
I have an autistic son whom we are trying to help by taking gluten out of his diet. I did not realize what a challenge that would be when I decided to change my family’s diet. Everyone wants to be paid for what they have learned or created. I would really like to know how to bake gluten free.
Pamela Wolfe says
So tired of stomach problems so I am starting the gluten free journey. This cookbook would really be wonderful.
Antoinette Martinez says
My daughter will be 2 this month, shes gluten free, doctors orders have helped her with her sensitivity. Would love to have new recipes on hand. Our goal is for my family to go gluten free with her. This cook book would make it easier for us.
Jody Johnson says
I need to get healthy I have been recently diagnosed with COPD & I am on the verge of diabetes. I have researched gluten & wheat & I know enough that I can use this cookbook to eliminate a lot of gluten & wheat from my diet which will help me to lose weight. Thank you for the opportunity to win your cookbook.
RoseAnn Cruz says
im new to gluten free love new recipes
Shamika Flood says
I was inspired to change my family’s diet to GFCF because of our two youngest children being on the spectrum. It has made a huge difference for us all. It would make my life so much easier to have a cookbook like this!
clareen carroll says
new to gluten free, need all the help I can get. would love to win this cookbook
Uiaar sirard says
Hi my daughter is a sophmore in college and last year a few days after starting her freshman year she was diagnosed with celiac disease it’s still frustrating and difficult to find gf delicious food, I myself have a strong sensitivity to gluten I would love a copy of the cookbook to help bring the joy of cooking back into our home thank you
would love to win, trying to find some new recieps for my husdand as he has to have everything gluten free
Hubby was diagnosed with celiac disease last year and I have been trying to convert a our favorite recipes over. I would love a cookbook to help educate us even more.
Danielle Franco says
I’ve been GF for about a year now. And I’ve noticed a difference inthe way my joints feel. It’s beena struggle sometimes in relearning how to cook.I’m getting better at it, but a cookbook would be very helpful.
Melissa Bustillo says
Would love to learn recipes for gluten free. Love treats and sometimes hard to find easy ones to make when I want to make more from scratch. 🙂
Jeann Fishback says
I have digestive malabsorption issues and found almost a year ago that gliadin had created sensitivities. I’ve been doing gluten-free since then but sure do miss treats and know that ready-made have so much more sugar than I can tolerate. From scratch is always a better option but education in cooking is always necessary.
Judy Scott says
I’m really excited about this journey. I know I will be healthier.
Recently went gluten free. Would love to win this cookbook.
Karen Cook says
I am always excited to try new gluten free and no sugar recipes! I would be honored to have this cookbook! I am the kitchen manager at a local winery and my goal is to implement gluten free recipes in our wine & food pairings!
been GF for almost 4 years….always looking for more suggestions and would love to win the cookbook!
Always looking for GF treats for my friends…
I have a friend who is dairy and egg intolerant. She can use ghee but not butter and would need to know what to substitute for the egg in this recipe. Can you give me a few suggestions for her? Thank you!
I used beets in my cupcakes the last time I made them to cut out the red food dye and recently found powdered beet to try next 🙂
Sherry–If you’re on Facebook, friend Carol and ask her that question via a comment here. I’ve not worked with this recipe so I can’t be certain which egg substitutions might work best. Using beets (and healthy beet products) as a sub for red food coloring is a great idea. 🙂
Candi Warrick says
My husband found out 2yrs ago he has celiac’s and we live in a smaller rural town with small variety of items. Add that with a very stubborn husband that is used to gluten filled foods for 36yrs so any help with gluten free cooking is greatly appreciated by a devoted wife!
Ruby Pearson says
I would love to win this cookbook so that I can make up some delicious food. When I gather with my family, I usually bring a gluten-free dish with me. The next time we meet, I will be able to bring along a nice gf dessert.
Sheryl Linton says
I’ve been gluten free for awhile now but find it too easy to make unhealthy choices gf choices. I need good tasting, healthy recipes besides boring chicken. I’d love to win so I cook change up my daily food choices.
I am not yet a complete gluten free. Still contemplating.I am not much into bread. I can very well manage without it. However, a BIG red velvet cupcake lover! More than me, my other half is mad about them. Never found a perfect gluten free recipe. Looking forward to try yours 😀
Liked GFE on facebook!
Janis S says
I like red velvet cake, need to try this recipe!
Janis S says
I like gfe on facebook
Denise R says
Would love to get this book
I just recently found out that I have celiac disease. I’m trying to learn lots and make healthy foods
I would love to receive this book. Thanks!
Nanette Goode says
Thank you so much!! I can’t wait to until the cookbook comes to try the recipes!!!! 🙂
Congratulations, Nanette! I know you will really get a lot out of Carol’s new book! 🙂
April J Harris says
Gluten Free 101 sounds like a fantastic book, Shirley. Although my family do not have to eat gluten free, I would find this very interesting as so many of my readers do! Love these gorgeous Red Velvet Cupcakes. Tweeted. Thank you for being a part of Hearth and Soul.