The Complete Guide to Naturally Gluten-Free Foods
By Olivia Dupin
Naturally Gluten-Free Foods approaches going gluten-free with enthusiasm. People who have to avoid this wheat protein for health reasons, not because it’s a trendy weight-loss approach, will be happy to find simple recipes for familiar foods which are, as the title promises, naturally sans gluten. So you won’t need obscure health food store ingredients or expensive, hard-to-find substitutions.
The book begins with the story of author Olivia Dupin’s own struggle with gluten intolerance and an explanation of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Several chapters offer practical information, including descriptions of symptoms, lists of foods to avoid and lists of naturally gluten-free foods, as well as suggestions for handling various tricky situations – from cravings to social awkwardness – and clarifications about terminology that kitchen beginners may not recognize.
The recipes are fun and creative, covering all kinds of cuisine, and the instructions are easy to follow. Dishes run the gamut from hearty soups to healthy salads, strip steak to sushi, refried beans to truffled french fries. Desserts are also all over the spectrum, from Thai Coconut Sticky Rice to Five-Ingredient PB&J Cookies. The five ingredients from the PB&J cookies are a good example of what you’ll be working with: just peanut butter, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and strawberry jelly. Who knew gluten-free food could be so easy?
Reviewed by Rachel DeRiso
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