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Starred Review. Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2007, author Peter Bronski (At the Mercy of the Mountains) adapted to a gluten-free diet with the help of his wife, Kelli, a professionally-trained chef. In this outstanding volume of 250 recipes, the duo shares tips, tricks and favorite dishes. Once readers have mixed up the six-ingredient Artisan Gluten-Free Flour Mix and purchased a handful of key ingredients (wheat-free soy sauce, gluten-free vanilla extract, etc.), they'll be off and running with worry-free Garlic Naan, Crepes, pies, pasta, and ice cream. While recipes are uniformly excellent, Asian dishes like Coconut Red Curry Stir-Fry and Chicken Pad Thai are particularly toothsome, and should be a real treat for those avoiding soy sauce (in which wheat is a common ingredient). Gluten dodgers will also be pleased with the Bronskis' handful of pizza recipes, including thin crust, New York and Chicago-Style Deep Dish versions. The duo seem to have thought of every craving and indulgence, serving up creme brulee and cocktails, too; it's also worth noting that plenty of recipes don't call for special ingredients at all (pork tamales, Porcini-Encrusted Scallops, Garlic-Lime Skirt Steak with Cuban Mojo, etc.). This volume's impressive breadth and straightforward instructions make it an essential, horizon-broadening tool for those off gluten.


“In this outstanding volume of 250 recipes, Kelli and Peter Bronski share tips, tricks, and favorite dishes . . . While recipes are uniformly excellent, Asian dishes are particularly toothsome . . . Gluten dodgers will also be pleased with the Bronskis’ pizza recipes . . . The duo seem to have thought of every craving and indulgence, serving up crème brulée and cocktails, too; it’s also worth noting that plenty of recipes don’t call for special ingredients at all . . . This volume’s impressive breadth and straightforward instructions make it an essential, horizon-broadening tool for those off gluten.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking by Kelli Bronski and Peter Bronski focuses on simple, from-scratch home cooking. Along with loads of easy-to-follow, family-friendly recipes, the Bronskis have also developed a gluten-free flour blend that truly tastes delicious (I can vouch for the apple pie!). A guide to navigating the supermarket, product recommendations, and gluten-free resources make this book a useful and informative addition to your cooking arsenal.”
The Oregonian

“An indispensable guide for the creation of tasty meals.”
Long Island Pulse magazine

“Flip through [Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking] and you'll find plenty of recipes that are not only beautifully prepared, but easy to cook . . . This book is an absolute must-have for anyone who wants to maintain a gluten-free diet without sacrificing taste.”
Exceptional Parent magazine

“Treat yourself to a delicious gluten-free culinary excursion for any meal of the day with Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking. Celebrating sweet and savory scratch-recipe traditions, Kelli and Peter Bronski feature a must-have treasury of recipes that anyone can savor. This book connects you with the true essence of artisanal gluten-free living. Enjoy!”
Suzanne Bowland, founder and executive producer, GF Culinary Productions, Inc./ The Gluten-Free Culinary Summit™

“Like no other gluten-free cookbook, Pete and Kelli’s Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking touches on the essential elements of why food, culinary culture, and family traditions are so important. What we eat is part of who we are. When a diagnosis of celiac disease or gluten sensitivity forces us to eliminate a key ingredient, preparing our favorite meals can become difficult and frustrating. This book reminds us that all we need are fresh, wholesome ingredients and a little creative guidance. Thank you, Pete and Kelli, for providing that guidance. The principles of good cooking, complete with mouth-watering recipes, are woven throughout the pages of this book. Oh, and they just happen to be deliciously gluten-free!”
Melissa McLean Jory, MNT

“Kelli and Peter Bronski have made more than an amazing gluten-free cookbook. They’ve made an amazing cookbook all the way around, gluten-free or not. This cookbook is about more than great gluten-free food. It’s about great food, period.”
Elise Wiggins, executive chef, Panzano, Denver, Colorado

Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking is a true delight. It’s filled with uncomplicated recipes you’ll want to make— whether you eat gluten-free or not. But, my favorite aspect is that the authors share their history with each dish . . . like homemade French fries using mom’s method; a unique scallop dish first tasted when dining out, now improved and shared annually with college friends; or a lemon syrup–infused poppy seed bread inspired by a vendor from the local farmer’s market. We all have those histories, don’t we? Great food is about so much more than the food itself. You’ll want this cookbook on your kitchen shelf, so you can create your own memories with these dishes.”
Shirley Braden, author/owner, gfe—gluten free easily blog, and leader, King George Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Group (KGGICG)

“Kudos to Kelli and Peter Bronski! I was impressed and, more importantly, genuinely entertained by Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking. Peppered with great information throughout—from world food trivia to essential kitchen advice—this cookbook reads as if an old friend is talking you through a cherished family recipe over the phone. Filled with intuitive, straightforward, and delicious dishes, the recipes will empower any passionate cook to create seasonal, healthy, and ‘from-scratch’ dishes with the added bonus of avoiding gluten. This is a must-buy for anyone who hosts frequently, and certainly a no-brainer for those following a gluten-free diet.”
Eduardo Porto Carreiro, sommelier/wine director, Grace restaurant, Los Angeles

“Whether you are new to the gluten-free diet or have been gluten-free for years, Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking is a must-have guidebook. Kelli and Peter Bronski share an impressive compilation of mouthwatering gluten-free recipes, as well as sage advice on successfully navigating and maintaining the gluten-free diet.”
Maureen Stanley, founder, Hold the Gluten blog and podcast

“Of the many cookbooks that I have received to add to our support group library, Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking is the first one that I sat down with and went through, cover to cover. That is partly because I found the format and the presentation so appealing, and also because the recipes just sounded so darn good. Like you, I love cilantro, garlic, and many of the other ingredients that you use in your recipes—and I appreciate that you don’t require too many exotic ingredients. I think you have a winner on your hands!”
Glorian Beeson, Gluten Free in San Diego

“A whole book of doable, mostly simple recipes that anyone can cook. They have all kinds of familiar foods in here that I always want to make but need a good recipe . . . You can make all kinds of goodies with this quite extraordinary cookbook. It would be great for anyone, but especially for a newly diagnosed celiac who may be struggling with menu ideas and how to make them on their own. Trust me, you won't be disappointed in this cookbook. It's worth having on your shelf just for the pastry dough recipe.”
Margo Andersen, founder, Off the Wheaten Path blog

“This book is inspiring, personable, friendly, and makes you want to cook. You’ll want to go to Peter and Kelli’s for dinner, too. Recipes are easy, and not intimidating.”
Steve Zeiden, Gluten Free Steve

“A cookbook with recipes that actually make me want to learn how to cook . . . The cookbook for those of us who might not know how to cook, but who want to learn.”
Jennifer Harris, Examiner.com

“Your cookbook arrived yesterday and I must tell you, IT IS GREAT! I love to cook and have over 100 cookbooks, and probably 20 gluten-free cookbooks, but yours is the best! I’m impressed with the variety of everyday foods made with fresh ingredients and the pictures—beautiful!”
Rose Cruikshank, RN, Augusta Gluten Intolerance Group

“I love how Kelli and Peter have taken international foods and shown how to make them gluten-free!”
Janet Heitler, Tampa Bay Celiacs

“Lots of good information—especially for new celiacs. Your recipes are outstanding!”
Jane Trevett, Greater New Haven Celiac Group

“The recipes that intrigue me most are the variety of pizza recipes . . . yes, I said variety!!! Get this . . . Deep Dish, Thin Crust, New York–Style, Chicago-Style . . . PIZZA!”
Gluten Free Foodies blog

“The snickerdoodle recipe reminds me of the ones I used to make before I had to go gluten-free. Yum!”
—Gayle in Wyoming

“This is a seriously good book. I love it! The tacos were AWESOME! Last night I made the chicken cordon bleu. Very good. The sauce was delicious.”
—Amanda in Hawaii

“I just made your mozzarella sticks. The kids loved them. [My husband] and I found them as good as any we had gotten at restaurants in our pre-gluten-free days.”
—Cheryl in Maine


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Experiment, The; 1St Edition edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615190031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615190034
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sara J. Lutz on January 18, 2010
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This is really a wonderful book. I'm not sure why I was so surprised to find this the case - I've read their website for months and always enjoyed their recipes and style of writing... but I think I had been so disappointed by some other gluten free cookbooks, that I was trying to not get my hopes up. Now, this and Carol Fenster's 1000 gluten free recipes are the first two books I reach for when its time to cook.

The flour blend works beautifully. My first attempt was their chocolate chip cookie recipe. I think in the 8 months I've had to deal with my celiac I have made 20+ recipes... and most ended up in the trash. Either tooth shatteringly hard, weird flavors, or a consistency more in keeping with Floam (the children's aerated play sand) than a cookie. Theirs? Chewy. Soft. Delicious! I have cookies again! I haven't been that excited about the thought of sitting down with a cookie and a glass of cold milk since I was 6.

Breads, soups, main dishes, desserts - all presented in a wonderful style. Great recipes, easy to follow - no weird ingredients that you can't track down! After months of not knowing what to cook - I can't wait to have friends over for dinner again. I don't have to worry that folks won't want "weird" food - its all wonderful. And just happens to be gluten free.
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Hi, I'm a GF cook and cookbook collector! In this video, I talk about why I think this book is probably not one you need to add to your cookbook shelf.
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When I see the words "from scratch", three thoughts immediately pop in to my head: way better food for sure, but probably more time and more effort. However these recipes are crafted to economize your time and effort AND provide useful tips and instructions that you can translate to all your food preparation to make it easier, faster, and guarantee terrific results. While these recipes are from around the world, they were written for the American kitchen. In fact many of the entrees can be prepared in the same amount of time it takes you to go and pick up take out! But most importantly these recipes are delicious and flavorful; full of variety and good nutrition. This book also offers a great deal of very helpful information on being Gluten-Free; not only the last places you would ever dream of finding gluten; but how to navigate the supermarket, set up your kitchen, and stock your cupboards. Artisinal Gluten-Free Cooking is fun to read - a book to be enjoyed and kept on your kitchen shelf.
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The first page I opened to was French Toast.

Really? Basically, here's how to make gluten free French toast - just like regular french toast except use gluten free bread! Whoa, artisanal, genius.

Here are some other not so terribly creative gluten free interpretations:

Home made gluten free "Artisanal" French Fries - (Deep fry some cut up potatoes.. you would never have thought of that, huh?)

Mashed potatoes (you get the idea... who doesn't already know how to make mashed potatoes?)

Roasted potatoes.

Grilled asparagus.

Rice (rice? Really? Does rice need to be in a cookbook, ever?)

Fruit punch. (In what way could you ever make fruit punch with gluten?)

And *my personal favorite* from this "artisanal cook book": a "recipe" for corn on the cob (um, let me guess... boil water, add ears of corn?)

Ice cream..

Roasted turkey...

I agree with some of the other 2* reviewers - this gluten free cookbook is mis-marketed as if it is a really chef-worthy cookbook, where it should be marketed as "So you can't have gluten and you've never cooked ANYTHING, EVER before." Maybe I should publish a gluten free cookbook - my first recipe is going to be cut up bananas.
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These are truly delicious recipes even for people who are gluten-tolerant. I am one of those people, and I have to say that this cookbook contains the best belgian waffle recipe I have ever had. The variety and little "tidbits" make it a fun and tasty cookbook. I also appreciate the way the authors have kept the from-scratch recipes simple enough that even a busy mom of a 2 year old can make.! I really look forward to exploring other recipes in the book, especially that mouth-watering lasagna on the front cover.
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I am a recent convert to gluten-free cooking and baking and I've been reading a lot of cookbooks lately, hoping to find good substitutions for some of the gluten-based foods I like to make.

The Bronskis' have written a decent, general cookbook; as a specialty cookbook, it is disappointing. Most of the recipes are gluten-free in the way that, say, Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone recipes are gluten-free. Grilled asparagus and tomato salsa are pretty much gluten-free by default, right? Why include basic recipes like this in a cookbook catering to a specialized audience?

If you don't want a cluster of cookbooks in your kitchen or you want to reach for a cookbook and know that the recipes are gluten-free, this is an adequate choice. As a cookbook for someone who doesn't cook often or is a beginner it is a good choice. For the experienced, there are better options, including Flying Apron's Gluten-free and Vegan Cookbook and The Gluten-free Vegetarian Kitchen.
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