Thursday, March 26, 2015

Book Review: "The Gluten-Free, Hassle-Free Cookbook" (Marlisa Brown)

Being gluten-free is common enough nowadays in society to look at it as just another diet, another fad, something that will quickly go the way of other outdated fads.

On the other hand, though, a number of people suffer from gluten-related illnesses and conditions that prevent them from eating anything with gluten in it. These are legitimate diagnoses, and to cater to the growing need for safe food to eat, cookbook writers have taken up the challenge.

One such author is Marlisa Brown, MS, RD, CDE, CDN, and her work, The Gluten-Free, Hassle-Free Cookbook.

The work is not only a cookbook but also a testament to a lifetime of experience cooking and a thorough, well-researched guide for those unable to consume gluten-related products. Brown herself is gluten-intolerant and developed the recipes in the book herself, with much (self-deprecating) laughter and through trial and error, some of which she documents very openly in the book.

Further, to accommodate other common allergens, there is a guide included that denotes each recipe as being not only gluten-free (GF) but also any one of a number of other categorizations, from milk-free (MF) to fish-free (FF) to peanut-free (PF).

Some of the most helpful information in the entire book is included in the introduction, where Brown breaks down a number of foods that are safely gluten-free, along with warnings and reminders to watch out for certain brands or types. She lists items that she keeps in her gluten-free pantry, just to have on hand for whipping up a quick meal. Another invaluable section covers gluten-free flour blends, such as those that could replace the all-purpose (gluten-containing) flour in baked goods and more.

Her recipes are divided by meal category, from breakfast to desserts and everything in between, including (I noted with relief) an entire chapter on breads and biscuits ... yes, it's often still possible to consume bread products!

Each of her recipes has been carefully tested over and over to ensure repeatable results, and you'll be amazed and gratified at the incredible array of food types and styles Brown tackles, from rolls to main dishes and more.

For all those interested in a gluten-free diet, for whatever reason, I highly recommend this cookbook for your collection!

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Author: Marlisa Brown
Title: The Gluten-Free, Hassle-Free Cookbook
ISBN: 978-1-617052-32-3
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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