Coeliac Awareness Week: 10 best gluten-free cookbooks
You might think that deciding whether to have pizza or curry is a decision of grave importance and complexity, but for the one person in every 100 in the UK who has coeliac disease, there’s a whole lot more to consider. Whether you’re a seasoned coeliac, newly diagnosed and feeling a bit stressed out, or just cooking for a friend, we found the best cookbooks to help you beat the gluten and enjoy some darn good food while you’re at it.
1. Simply Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free by Grace Cheetham: £10.39, waterstones.com
This wide-ranging book covers everything from easy lamb burgers to salmon roulade, via a standout dessert section, including melt-in-the-middle chocolate fondants. Recipes are divided into six sections by mealtime and there is a symbol system to indicate other allergies catered for.
2. Nosh Gluten-Free by Joy May: £7.19, amazon.co.uk
If you’re worried about the cost of speciality ingredients, this one has prices per portion and fewer than ten steps per recipe. It’s simple, everyday cooking, from mango chicken to spinach and prawn gratin, with a picture for each.
3. Learn to Cook Wheat, Gluten and Dairy Free by Antoinette Savill: £14.99, grubstreet.co.uk
If you aren’t content to switch your lasagne for a diet of quinoa just yet, Antoinette Savill’s recipes are refreshingly traditional, with a decent quota of comfort food and some dinner party standouts. It’s particularly good on the basics, such as white sauce and shortcrust.
4. Good Food: Gluten-Free Recipes: £4.99, amazon.co.uk
All the recipes in this neat little book are adapted from others in the best-selling Good Food series so, from sausage ball pasta bake to classic Victoria sponge, you aren’t missing out. The price makes it an attractive option for those who only have to cook gluten-free for guests.
5. Seriously Good! Gluten-Free Cooking by Phil Vickery: £15.99, waterstones.com
If you don’t want recipes that rely on gluten-replacements, this from the Michelin-starred chef is packed with creative ideas using naturally gluten-free ingredients. There are plenty of dinner party classics, from arancini to pheasant, plus scones and a delicious chestnut and onion bread.
6. The Everyday Art of Gluten-Free by Karen Morgan: £14.18, amazon.co.uk
Pastry chef Karen Morgan believes that there is no fail-safe one-size-fits-all gluten-free flour, so all the recipes are based around six blends for different purposes. It makes a bit of extra work at first but the results are worth it. Recipes are a bit American-ese (‘jelly donuts’ and ‘pop tarts’, par exemple) but, usefully, cup measurements are also displayed in grams.
7. Cake Angels by Julia Thomas: £13.59, amazon.co.uk
There are some top-notch gluten-free cake books out there, but this is a favourite, partly because it’s British, so no pesky cups measurements; the photographs are mouth-watering and the results (salted caramel brownies a standout) are indistinguishable from the real thing.
8. Free-From Food for Family and Friends by Pippa Kendrick: £20, waterstones.com
Pippa Kendrick’s first book, The Intolerant Gourmet, is a gem, and this one is no different. Hand-drawn illustrations, gorgeous photographs and enthusiastic writing make dishes from onion bhajis to chocolate banana bread even more appealing.
9. Against the Grain by Nancy Cain: £22.40, amazon.co.uk
Here’s a tome (literally, it’s 400 pages) that refuses to believe that gluten-free has to equal carb-free. Sourdough, bagels, waffles, ginger snaps, calzone, even fortune cookies – are all covered. The recipes are in cups, but it’s worth investing in a measure for.
10. Gluten Is My Bitch by April Peveteaux: £8.99, amazon.co.uk
You’ll find no waxing lyrical about the health benefits of cutting the grain here. Rather, this funny, brutally-honest book gives anyone the need-to-know on going gluten-free, along with some great recipes. An ideal gift for a recently diagnosed coeliac.
If you’re used to the challenges of cooking gluten and/or wheat-free and would like to add some beautiful new books to your collection, Pippa Kendrick’s and Nancy Cain’s offerings are both brilliant. For the recently-diagnosed, Antoinette Savill makes it simple, while April Peveteaux adds some humour to proceedings. Finally, if you only occasionally play the role of gluten-free chef for family or friends, the Good Food book is a great-value choice.
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