The Gluten-free Cookbook from @DKCanada

Living a gluten-free lifestyle has been a huge culinary change. Not only do I avidly search labels and symbols for hidden sources of gluten, but I am more conscious about what I put into my body. The way I shop, where I eat, and how I cook has drastically changed as well. Pre-made foods are a thing of the past and now I am constantly on the search for new recipes to recreate the classic foods I once loved. I look for recipes that keep gluten at bay, but still provides the taste, comfort and flavours I'm accustom too.

Fiona Hunter is a food writer and nutritionist with over 25 years of experience. With a degree in Nutrition and a postgraduate diploma in Dietetics, she began her career as a dietition in the NHS before going on to write for magazines including BBC Good Food, Good Housekeeping, and Health and Fitness.

The Gluten-Free Cookbook is a great resource for people with celiac disease or learning to live a gluten-free lifestyle. Not only are there 230 delicious recipes to cover breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, but it is nutritionally broken down to provide you with all the information you need to create a healthy and balanced gluten-free diet.

The book begins describing life on a gluten-free diet. It overviews the struggles and emotions that a person may feel when they are initially diagnosed or introduced to this type of diet. It reassures the reader that just because they have to live gluten-free doesn't mean that they have to eat foods high in fats or calories or low in taste. Living a gluten-free lifestyle can be easy and 'normal' as long as you know what you are doing and you have the right tools to do so.

The book continues on to review the foods that contain obvious signs of gluten and what to look for on labels when searching for hidden sources of gluten. Not only do you have to be aware of what to remove from your diet, but you also need to understand the consequences of not removing gluten from your diet. The book goes on to tackle other problems like nutrient deficiencies from a gluten-free diet, how to set up a gluten-free kitchen, substitutes to be used in a gluten-free kitchen (i.e. from different flour types to raising agents) and how to plan a well-balanced diet.

My favourite section of the book is the technique section. This section teaches you how to recreate the basic foods (i.e.breads, pasta, cake, pastry) so that you can incorporate them into more complex recipes later on. With step by step pictures and directions, these complex recipes become easy and less daunting. No longer does cutting out wheat, rye and barley mean that you need to go without bread, pasta, pastries and food cooked in batter. It brings back a freedom I thought was lost forever (or at least too complex for my culinary skills).

At the end of the day, I think the Gluten-Free Cookbook is a great resource for people living or cooking for a gluten-free lifestyle. Those just learning their way around the kitchen, newly diagnosed with Celiac disease, or looking to expand their gluten-free culinary experience would all find the information between its pages useful and inspiring. I look forward to exploring many more recipes and creating tasty, nutritious recipes for my family.

Here is a sample recipe I recreated! Simple, easy and delicious!

Creamy Chicken Crumble

The Gluten-Free Cookbook can be found at DK Canada and all Food and Drink Books at DK Canada are now 30% off until December 15th, 2013!

You can find Jenn and her crazy crew over on her blog 1Heart1Family, and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter. Jenn is a working mom to two amazing boys and one Princess. 1Heart1Family is a blog about raising children, life with celiac disease and helpful product reviews so you can find the product that’s just right for you!


  1. This cookbook would make a great gift for a friend of mine who is now having to cook gluten free for her son. I might just have to look at getting her this for Christmas. (Judy Cowan)

  2. That looks amazing. How long have you been eating GF for?


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