I am always happy to see a new book from Carol Fenster, who has been doing gluten-free for a very long time. This is her 11th gluten-free cookbook. Amazing. This is a fun little addition to a gluten-free kitchen, giving you some of her best 30-minute meals: 100 Best Quick Gluten-Free Recipes. This isn’t a starter book for the gluten-free lifestyle, but a great addition if you are a busy family, eat fairly traditional American fare, and have already set up your gluten-free kitchen.
Layout and design:
There is a brief section at the beginning about gluten-free living, the gluten-free pantry, and brands she used in testing the recipes. Please note that manufacturing processes can change at any time, so check labels for yourself. Twelve menus are provided to give you suggestions for combining the recipes into meals, with different themes like all-American supper and paleo diet dinner. Recipes are grouped as follows: breakfasts & breads, soups salads sandwiches & snacks, grains beans & pasta, main dishes, and desserts. Sources for special ingredients and the index are listed in the back.
Appealing photographs by Jason Wyche appear every 2-3 pages.
Recipes include microwave muffin in a mug, garlic breadsticks, English muffin pepperoni pizzas, loaded potato skins, lighter fettucini alfredo, veal piccata, shrimp and grits, chocolate refrigerator cookies, and Black Forest trifle. Recipes use regular sugar, meat, eggs, and dairy.
What I liked about the book:
Good design, very user-friendly. Love the compact size and the “best-of” concept. I trust that her recipes are well tested. Nutritional analysis is provided, which is helpful for low-sodium eaters.
I wasn’t so keen on:
Recipes were not coded for any other special diets.
Celiacs and gluten-free eaters who like traditional American food and are already familiar with gluten-free cooking.
Not recommended for:
Migraine, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, low-sugar, anti-inflammatory, or low-sodium diets
A note about my cookbook reviews: In the past, I tested at least three recipes from each book, took photos, and described my experience. Due to my dietary limitations (extremely-low-sodium for my Meniere’s Disease and trigger-free foods for migraine relief), it is no longer possible for me to test the recipes and do them justice.