What you get: Readers new to a gluten-free diet will appreciate Gluten-free 101: The Essential Beginner’s Guide to Easy Gluten-free Cooking by Carol Fenster ($19.99, paperback). It includes the “Gluten-free Survival Guide,” which lists obvious sources of gluten (such as pastas, breads, cookies and tortillas) as well as some not-so-obvious sources of gluten (beer, malt vinegar, salad dressing, deli meats, soy sauce, seasonings, candy, flavored tea and imitation seafood).
The 175 recipes cover breakfast and brunch, appetizers, soups and salads, main dishes, breads and desserts. We especially want to try Quiche Lorraine, Chicken Soup and Dumplings and Basic Flourless Cake.
Fenster, author of 10 gluten-free cookbooks, says that for those new to a gluten-free lifestyle, “Even though manufacturers are producing more gluten-free foods and restaurants are becoming more knowledgeable, you’ll fare better if you develop some basic cooking skills. The better you get at cooking, the better your food will look and taste and you will have fewer chances of a gluten ‘accident.’ ”
— Connie Post
Dayton Daily News