Book Review: 1000 Gluten-Free Recipes

Like the slow and building rumble of an approaching storm, celiac disease and gluten allergies are gaining attention and growing to a loud roar. This past week my brother discovered his digestion problems, sporadic headaches, frequent congestion, and thickened blood have now been attributed to food allergies including a gluten intolerance.

My brother explained that his last trip to the grocery store was eye-opening. He read the labels on everything and discovered how entwined wheat is to so many products. He couldn’t even leave the grocery store with a box of cereal. The hardest part of finding out you have one of these conditions is re-learning how and what to eat. I felt as though I should have more information but I’ve only casually understood the issue and know little of the solution.

As if by fate, yesterday the UPS truck pulled up in front of my house and I heard a big thud as a package dropped on my porch. Still in my boxers and desperately clutching my morning cup of coffee, I staggered out and hauled in my delivery. I opened it and found 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes in my hands. I cracked the book open in wonderment and quickly flipped through it. I knew immediately that this contained the answers to so many questions and felt as though I were Tom Hanks unraveling the Da Vinci Code.

In 1988, Carol Fenster discovered that she should not eat wheat. The world was much different then and the issue was virtually unknown outside of the medical profession. She struggled to find products and information that would allow her to have a normal diet. Over the 20 years which followed, Carol Fenster has become an internationally recognized expert of gluten-free cooking and has authored seven books on the subject.

This latest book is now available and provides a comprehensive set of recipes, from breakfast to baked goods, and even covers formerly off-limit items like pasta. The chapters include:

  • Pancakes, Waffles and Other Breakfast Foods
  • Quick Breads and Muffins
  • Yeast Breads
  • Appetizers and Snacks
  • Salads and Soups
  • Sandwiches, Wraps and Tacos
  • Pastas
  • Grains and Beans
  • Fish and Seafood
  • Poultry
  • Meats
  • Vegetables
  • Cookies and Bars
  • Cakes and Cupcakes
  • Pies and Pastries
  • Fruit and Custard Desserts
  • Homemade Gluten-Free Ingredients

I’m willing to overlook that this book doesn’t include any photos because it is comprehensive and put together in an easy to read style. Recipes are well-written and concise, with tips and substitution ideas clearly noted. With 720 pages and 1000 recipes, the book provides an all-inclusive guide for anyone pursuing a gluten-free lifestyle.

Released October 6h, you can buy this book from Amazon.com or a bookstore near you!

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  • Carol Fenster October 4, 2008, 2:28 pm

    Allen: Thanks for ordering my new book, 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes. I will send you a coupon for a sample of Expandex, one of the ingredients I use in some of the recipes, if you will give me your postal mailing address. Thanks again and enjoy the book.

  • Christie@fig&cherry October 4, 2008, 3:59 pm

    Love the description ‘clutching my morning coffee’, hehe!

    Seriously, thanks for the heads up on this book. My mother in law has recently been diagnosed as gluten free and I bought her ‘Gluten Free Girls’ book. Here’s another one I can get! Cheers!

  • Melanie October 5, 2008, 5:34 pm

    Hi Allen,
    Oh, your poor brother! He has my deepest sympathies. I haven’t checked out this Fenster book, but she is very well known in celiac circles.

    My favorite GF cookbooks are by Donna Washburn and Heather Butt (here’s a link to my own homage: http://mjennings26.wordpress.com/2008/04/21/homage-to-donna-washburn-and-heather-butt/) and Darina Allen’s Healthy Gluten-free Cooking. The latter has some awesome dessert recipes.

    Oh, and great blog!

    Melanie

  • Jana Nordstrand October 6, 2008, 1:33 pm

    Allen,
    Thanks for the post! It looks fantastic, and I’m sure it will prove to be a wonderful resource for your brother!
    Best,
    Jana

  • Carol, Simply...Gluten-free October 7, 2008, 8:16 pm

    I feel for your brother. The beginning is the hardest when going gluten free but then it can be a gift! I wish him well and you can send him my blog. Thanks for the review.

  • Stephanie October 8, 2008, 8:03 am

    This post comes at a great time for me. This weekend, we are starting our son, who we think is autistic, on a GF diet. I’m grateful for another resource to look at. Thanks so much!

    (are there bread machine recipes in it?)

  • Manggy October 12, 2008, 9:18 pm

    You know, in all my time at the Philippine General Hospital, I don’t think celiac disease has been diagnosed a single time. Makes me think it’s either rare or severely underdiagnosed– I wonder how many miserable people here actually have celiac disease?

  • Sea November 25, 2008, 6:33 pm

    Another great (late) cookbook author for gluten-free recipes is Bette Hagman. IMO, her bread recipes especially are unparalleled. But, Carol’s pizza is my favorite!

    -Sea

  • Lee freeman December 22, 2008, 4:24 am

    hi
    I have a gluten free healthy eating cafe in The Rocks in sydney and am looking for anyone with a really good recipe for GLUTEN FREE TURKISH GOZLEME AND TURKISH PIDE.
    At the moment we are the ONLY gluten free KEBAB SHOP IN PROBABLY the whole of Aus selling gluten free chicken, beef and felafel kebabs and pide also licensed for beer and wine (gluten free beer!!!)
    I am trying to change the reciepes for the GOZLEME AND PIDE
    please help anyone!!!
    thanks
    Lee Freeman
    DARE FOODS
    DELICIOUS AND RESPONSIBLE EATING…D.A.R.E

  • Kim February 3, 2009, 8:25 am

    This is a lovely post, and so great to see non-gluten free bloggers sharing info like this!

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