Eating gluten-free foods doesn’t mean you have to miss out on tasty items just because you need to avoid gluten. If you love eating different gluten-free foods then you’ll appreciate the many ways they can be cooked.
We decided to go searching online to see what recipe books would be good to help learn how to cook different types of celiac-friendly dishes at home.
It doesn’t matter if you’re only interested in starting a gluten-free diet for weight loss, or want to know more about a grain-free way of eating for reducing inflammation, how to cook gluten-free foods and be inspired by some new mouth-watering recipe ideas; you’re in the right place.
Top 10 Best Gluten-Free Recipe Books to Buy
Below you’ll find a list of quick to read book reviews of what we think are the top 10 recommended gluten free recipe books that are all about how to cook gluten-free meals and bake with gluten-free flours, the right way.
1. Eat Happy: Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb Recipes For A Joyful Life by Anna Vocino
The Eat Happy book has 154 grain-free, gluten-free, processed sugar-free recipes that are bound to make you feel good.
From red meat recipes, fish, sides, soups, starters, casseroles, slow cooker recipes, breakfast dishes, to desserts, they are all covered in this book. So you can cook all the yummy foods you might crave whilst still being able to stick to your gluten-free or low-carb cooking lifestyle. Missing pizza and pancakes? Vocino has some great options for you to try. Looking for something decadent without busting your diet? Try her chocolate pots with fresh cream, and use dark chocolate to make a keto-friendly dessert recipe if needs. Want some cozy carbs? Cauliflower has never tasted so good as tater tots, sizzling ginger rice, or on top of shepherd’s pie. Odds are you won’t even notice the lack of potatoes or rice in any of these dishes. Eat Happy can help you maintain your gluten free diet and share it with family and friends. And they probably won’t notice the missing the carbs either.
2. Gluten Is My Bitch: Rants, Recipes, and Ridiculousness for the Gluten-Free by April Peveteaux
Sometimes living gluten-free isn’t much fun, but April Peveteaux has managed to make it funny with this book titled, Gluten Is My Bitch. More than just recipes, she provides an honest and entertaining view into what a gluten-free life really means.
If you’ve just been told that you can never have that buttery croissant from the bakery down the street or share a pizza with your friends, this book can help you get through the hard time. In addition to her candid views on gluten-free living, Gluten Is My Bitch also includes 40 gluten-free comfort food recipes and – in the new addition – a bonus 20 new recipes to make even the most frustrated gluten intolerant person jump for joy. You’ll get an honest, real view into the challenges of maintaining a gluten-free diet in a pasta-filled world. This book also makes a great gift for someone recently faced with the mandate of going gluten free.
3. Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great by Danielle Walker
Danielle Walker may be a self-trained chef, but you’d never know it browsing through this cookbook called Against All Grain.
The Against All Grain book is a solid collection of delicious gluten-free recipes covering every dish you might need, from appetizers to desserts and everything in between. Full color photos accompany simple, easy to follow recipes that omit grains, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar without sacrificing flavor. Walker even makes bringing gluten-free foods into your family’s meals easy by including a children’s section: gluten-free versions of your kids’ favorite foods, plus some new fun options to try. Flipping through the book, you’ll be drawn to familiar recipes like slow cooker sesame orange chicken, shredded chicken tacos, and fettuccine alfredo, plus new recipes sure to make it into daily rotation, such as vanilla granola, blueberry preserves, and almond milk. Think you can’t have mashed potatoes? Try her mashed faux-tatos and hit that craving head on.
4. The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen
The chefs at America’s Test Kitchen know their stuff. They don’t just publish recipes and hope they turn out in your own kitchen. They test, test, and test again – recipes, techniques, equipment – to make sure your dishes turn out delicious every time as you’ll read in The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook.
The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook maintains ATK’s reputation for solid, informative, well composed cookbooks. They tested thousands of recipes to learn the secrets to making your favorite foods gluten-free. This book shares with what works and what doesn’t so you can successfully cook up lasagna, fried chicken, and fresh pasta; all gluten-free. What’s more, this book will help you re-learn how to bake gluten-free so your bread, cookies, and cookies are so delectable you’re non-gluten-free friends will beg for a taste. More than just recipes, this book starts with introducing you to the science of gluten, successful strategies for replacing wheat, troubleshooting suggestions, and evaluations of familiar brands of gluten-free products. Like most of their cookbooks, each recipe starts with an explanation as to why the recipe works as written, going over their test kitchen successes and failures that brought them to conclude this recipe will give you the best outcome. Each recipe also provides additional tips and variations to help you along the way. With recipes from breakfast to dinner to dessert – lemon ricotta pancakes, spaghetti and meatballs, and deep dish apple – this book is a must-have staple for the gluten-free kitchen.
5. The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook Volume 2 by America’s Test Kitchen
Just when you thought they covered everything in Volume One, America’s Test Kitchen is back with Volume Two of the How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook.
In this book, ATK chefs share their success in developing a whole-grain gluten-free flour blend that amps up up sandwich bread, waffles, crackers, and tarts. They also share how to make delicious pan pizzas, yeasted donuts, and lemon layer cake using their custom all-purpose flour blend. Volume Two, unlike Volume One, includes nutritional information for every recipe as well as dairy-free versions of more than half the baked goods. Their extensive testing on alternatives to milk, butter, yogurt, and cheese ensure you get a great tasting dairy-free dish. Building on the success of Volume One, ATK chefs share more innovative techniques and discoveries: oven proofing methods for better bread rise, foil collars for hamburger buns, and tips for crispy fried fish. You’ll get even more delicious recipes to build your gluten-free repertoire.
6. The Everything Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cookbook by Carrie S. Forbes
If you’re feeling like most gluten-free recipes are complicated and time-consuming, or if you’re just not a fan of cooking, this book is a great option for you. The Everything Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cookbook provides all the affordability and simplicity of slow cooker recipes while keeping with your gluten-free diet.
You may have noticed that some slow cooker recipes add noodles, flour, or something similar to help thicken the dish, which may lead you to believe slow cooker recipes can no longer be a part of your repertoire. Carrie Forbes proves otherwise with recipes like pull-apart cinnamon raisin biscuits, bacon corn chowder, chicken alfredo pasta, and blueberry cobbler. This book provides a wide array of gluten-free options, special slow-cooking tips just for gluten-free chefs, and guidance on how to successfully eliminate wheat from your diet. This book helps you stay on track with your gluten-free diet without spending the whole day in the kitchen.
7. Gluten-Free On A Shoestring: 125 Easy Recipes for Eating Well on the Cheap by Nicole Hunn
There is a belief that cooking gluten-free means investing lots of money into gluten-free grains, flour mixes, and processed foods, especially if you’re cooking for yourself and your family. Nicole Hunn’s Gluten-Free On A Shoestring book proves otherwise; that you can easily live gluten-free and not blowing your grocery budget.
Full color photos and easy to follow recipes for chicken pot pie, macaroni and cheese banana cream pie, and other delicious family favorites show that you can eat gluten-free go easy on your wallet, and not be stuck in the kitchen – all at the same time. In addition to her recipes, Gluten-Free On A Shoestring also provides pantry-stocking tips, advice on the best gluten-free flour blends on the market, and more money saving secrets. Grab this book to get the scoop on how to eat delicious gluten-free food without having to stretch your wallet. This book is sure to make it into regular rotation in any gluten-free household.
8. No-Fail Gluten-Free Bread Baking: Classic Bread Recipes for the Texture and Flavor You Love by Pamela Ellgen
Anyone familiar with gluten-free breads, especially store bought ones, knows that they leave something to be desired. If you want to change that, Pamela Ellgen’s No-Fail Gluten-Free Bread Baking book provides a go-to guide for foolproof recipes that taste and feel like the real wheat bread you used to eat.
More than just sandwich bread, No-Fail Gluten-Free Bread Baking shares over 50 recipes for bagels, pizza, flatbreads, baguettes, and more, all well-tested to ensure they’re delicious every time. Tutorials and a trouble-shooting guide for common gluten-free baking problems, you’re sure to overcome any past failures in gluten-free bread baking. Ellgen takes the time to define various types of gluten-free flour, explain the basic principles of gluten-free baking, and any special equipment you might need. Each recipe is also labeled to indicate other potential allergens, including dairy, eggs, and nuts. A big plus? These recipes stick to ingredients easy to find at your local grocery store, so you won’t be stuck searching for strange ingredients when you really just want to be home baking.
9. Whole Bowls: Complete Gluten-Free and Vegetarian Meals to Power Your Day by Allison Day
This award-winning cookbook Whole Bowls brings the success of the Yummy Beet food blog and its writer Allison Day into your kitchen to share delicious recipes for healthy, one-bowl meals.
Delicious at breakfast, lunch, dinner or anywhere in between, Whole Bowls shares 50 full-meal vegetarian, vegan friendly gluten-free recipes like, curried falafel and kale salad bowls, black bean bowls, oat risotto bowls, sunny citrus bowls, and carrot cake bowls. Each recipe demonstrates Day’s dedication to seasonal, real, fresh ingredients, accompanied by vibrant full-color photos. Day also includes an innovative, easy-to-follow “Whole Bowls Formula,” allowing you to build your own plant-based creation for quick and easy meals. Some components can even be made ahead of time, adding to the convenience of “whole bowl” meals (the recipe will share how many days in advance). If you’re looking for something different than a usual gluten-free cookbook, Whole Bowls is a solid option to bring exciting color and flavor to your table. You’ll be surprised how quickly it becomes a staple in your gluten-free kitchen.
10. The Big Book of Gluten Free Cooking: Delicious Meals, Breads, and Sweets for a Happy, Healthy Gluten-Free Life by Gigi Stewart
The Big Book of Gluten Free Cooking recipe book aims to help make your transition to a gluten-free life an easy one.
Starting with an overview of what gluten is, what foods to watch out for, and the many names and faces of gluten, Gigi Stewart provides a solid base with which to start your gluten-free cooking. From there, you’ll learn how to check nutrition labels and even get your kids excited about eating gluten-free. Finally, the recipes – 160 easy, practical, delicious recipes that make the gluten-free life seem simple and stress-free. Muffins, pizza, breads, and tacos, and so much more, will cover all your cravings without compromising your gluten-free requirements. Set to be released on August 28th, this follow up to Stewart’s successful book The Gluten-Free Solution (Volume 1), which provided a solid foundation for those new to gluten-free living. Make sure you have a spot on your shelf for what is certain to be a solid resource for gluten-free cooking.