The Essentials: Our Favorite Gluten-Free Cookbooks

Recipes, cooking ideas, baking tips and tricks are some of the most important tools needed when getting started in your gluten-free kitchen.  So where do you go to find these things? The Internet? Your neighbors?  Your family?

I prefer to turn to cookbooks. To me there is nothing like standing at your kitchen counter with your favorite cookbook open, trying to figure out how to keep the book open and read and cook at the same time. It’s especially fun when you have something simmering on the stovetop. The splashes of soup and stew are like little scars of accomplishment that will make you smile the next time you pass that page.  

Lucky for my generation there are plenty of published gluten-free and GFCF diet cookbooks out there and I am about to list my favorites. Below I’ve listed my top three cookbooks for gluten-free diet recipes and also at the end you’ll find a blurb about the best children’s book for someone whose child has been recently diagnosed. She also has some helpful family-friendly recipes in her book.

My favorite cookbook for recipes that are quick and easy goes to Carol Fenster and her book Gluten Free Quick & Easy. She never requires a long list of ingredients and she’s the one that taught me the importance of planned leftovers. Because of this book I now cook a meal for four so that my boyfriend and I can enjoy delicious leftovers at lunch the next day. Not only has this saved me plenty of time in the kitchen, but also has saved me a ton of money because I rarely have to throw away old food with this plan.

Next up, when looking for a cookbook that doesn’t just have great gluten-free recipes, but also a love story about how food can bring people together, then you definitely need to pick up Shauna James Ahern’s book Gluten-Free Girl & the Chef.  Shauna & Danny are experts at shining a positive light on the gluten-free diet and their recipes will lift your spirits and fill your bellies.

If you are looking for a gluten-free cookbook that has it all then you definitely need to pick up a copy of Gluten-Free Chef Rob’s first book, the Gluten Free Every Day Cookbook.  Like Shauna’s book, this book offers a beautiful story on bringing your family together with your gluten-intolerance diagnosis. Chef Rob offers a number of recipes and tips from his kitchen that you won’t find online. He also has a lot of detail on the various gluten-free ingredients that make for the tastiest treats and you may not have heard of them just yet. His second book is due soon and it promises to be a hit with the title, Quick Fix Gluten Free so stay tuned for that one.

Lastly, if you are feeling a little lost at the grocery store, the restaurants, and your kitchen because you’ve found out that your child has been recently diagnosed and requires a gluten-free diet, then turn to Katie Chalmers’ book, Mommy What’s Celiac Disease? This is a book you can read for yourself, read to your children, and even give to a school teacher to better understand the road ahead. Find the book and Katie’s family-friendly recipes here.

Have you read any of the above books? If so let us know what you thought so that others can benefit from your experience.

Have a beUDIful day,


2 responses to “The Essentials: Our Favorite Gluten-Free Cookbooks”

  1. Rebecca says:

    Are there any delicious baked goods that are both gluten and egg-free?

  2. carmen torres says:

    I am very happey to find out that I am not alone on this.

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