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Gluten-Free Cooking for Dummies

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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I wouldn't normally review a cookbook after having only made one recipe, but after reading through "Gluten-Free Cooking for Dummies" trying to decide which recipes to try, I was so appalled that I simply had to warn potential buyers of exactly what they'll find in it. There is heavy reliance on highly processed "convenience foods" like processed cheese sauce (aka Cheez Whiz), non-dairy whipped topping (aka Cool Whip), Funyuns, marshmallow cream (aka Fluff), boxed pudding mix, canned cream of mushroom soup, taco seasoning mix, canned bean dip, onion soup powder, fudge ice cream topping, etc. Yuck!

On page 294 the author writes: "Everyone on a gluten-free diet seems to be in search of a suitable substitute for condensed cream of mushroom soup for use in casseroles..." Umm, no. Plenty of people think condensed soup is gross and wouldn't be caught dead serving a dish like "Company Chicken" found on page 219 of this cookbook (chicken thighs smothered in cream of mushroom soup mixed with a package taco seasoning mix, shredded cheese, and sprinkled with crushed crackers). Ick, ick, ick!

Another culinary horror is "Broccoli Cauliflower Combo" (pg. 243): frozen broccoli and cauliflower covered with Cheez Whiz mixed with canned cream of mushroom soup and then topped with Funyuns. Sounds like something Honey Boo Boo and her family would eat.

Even seemingly sophisticated-sounding recipes like "Strawberry Almond Torte" (pg. 331) turn out to use Cool Whip. Seriously? It takes all of 5 minutes to whip up some heavy cream with a bit of sugar to make real Chantilly cream and that would make the recipe a million times more appetizing.

To be fair, the one recipe I have tried so far, "Cinnamon Breakfast Cereal" (pg. 129), was tasty.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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If you are a pretty mainstream American who's diet includes boxed and canned foods, a lot of processed foods, white bread, velveeta and american cheese, then this may be the cookbook for you.

However, if you try to eat fresh, local, sustainable, organic whole foods and avoid boxed mixes, canned foods, prepared meals and other processed convenience foods then this is not the book for you. I happen to fall into this category, so for me the book is disappointing.

My family has been eating gluten free for over 6 years so we've pretty much got the whole thing down. We're also soy free and mostly dairy free as well. In addition, we try to avoid the funky gums and binders (Guar gum, Xantham gum, Carageean, etc.) that are so common in most gluten free foods, such as gluten free breads you might find at whole foods and other organic style grocers. I also teach classes and consult for folks who have to switch to a gluten free lifestyle (which more often then not usually also includes soy, dairy, or other reactive foods as well).

I had been hoping this book would be a great 'one stop shop' for living gluten free, so was quite disappointed to discover how nutrient deficient many of the suggested recipes are, as well as the reliance on not only processed, packaged foods, but generally known unhealthy foods such as fake whipped toppings and canned soups (which almost always contain MSG, sometimes it's listed right on the label, but most often it's labeled as autolyzed yeast extract, yeast extract, or natural flavorings.

If you need to go gluten free and are seeking healthful recipes for doing so, my two most favorite cookbooks are:The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A okay addition to my gluten free library December 30, 2012
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I probably own at least a dozen gluten free cookbooks, and although I wouldn't put this at the top of my list there are some good recipes and helpful tips. Many of the recipes are either no-brainers (Mix-and-Match Salads) or use packaged foods that I try to avoid (Company Chicken), but some recipes were quite tasty--Roulade Canapé and Smoky Sweet Grilled Pork Tenderloin--and some look promising--Flatbread Wrap and Best-Ever Apple Cobbler. Sections where Ms. Korn was obviously trying to be humorous but it seemed like a waste of pages to me was "Converting the ingredients" and "Interpreting the instructions"--it just seemed a bit childish to me.

I think there are much better cookbooks out there, especially if you are just starting out on the gluten free journey.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars --Very Helpful and Interesting Book-- December 26, 2012
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Gluten-Free Cooking for Dummies is a wonderful book. It covers just about everything that the consumer needs to know about buying, cooking and eating gluten-free meals. People who can't tolerate gluten in their diets often have the following problems---which include headache, fatigue, gastrointestinal distress, depression, anxiety, joint pain, infertility, autistic behavior, ADD and ADHD.

There are four major divisions in the first part of the book 1. Preparing for your Gluten Free Cooking Adventures, 2. Mouthwatering Main Courses, 3. Dishes to Enjoy Before, After or Any Time, and 4. The Part of Tens which includes Comfort foods and ideas for cooking for children.

The second part of the book includes over 165 recipes. For baked goodies, sea food, vegetable dishes, pork, chicken, beef, lamb, and kielbasa dishes and of course soups and chowders.

As to be expected, some recipes are better than others, but since my husband has a lot of food allergies, we keep experimenting and have found many recipes to his liking in this book!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Gluten free cooking is new to me.
I can cook plain food but this gave me some ideas to try other approaches to the same natural foods. I do miss my breads though!
Published 4 months ago by trobert
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Awesome book, helpful, great reference that helps and teaches gluten free newbies. Wish that it included a few recipes, but I guess we can always buy a recipe book.
Published 5 months ago by Yakelin B.
5.0 out of 5 stars gluton-free cookbook for dummies
The person that i bpught this for is really enjoying the book. She has an aunt who is gluton intolerant. The person who has the book does a lot of cooking for her aunt.
Published 6 months ago by Georgia Ayres
5.0 out of 5 stars Great When You Have to Change!
This book is very good when you have always been able to eat most things and then a few problems come along and you find out you are going to have to change your diet. Read more
Published 9 months ago by M. L. Remling
5.0 out of 5 stars gift
My Grandaughter just found out that she is Gluten Intollerant so I purchased this for her to learn what and how to handle it, She loves this book.
Published 9 months ago by sgamez
5.0 out of 5 stars GF for Dummies
This explains a lot. Good recipes. Easily understood. Got one for a friend. Helps with weight lose. Very good book.
Published 10 months ago by Jude
3.0 out of 5 stars gf
great information and up to date as well. food and menu ideas are great and can convert for families.
what I did not like about it is nothing Aussi in it
Published 10 months ago by paulette Huggins
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informitive
I was recommended to buy this book when I first found out I needed for health reasons to go gluten free. I found it to be very informative. Read more
Published 11 months ago by jean vatnsdal
5.0 out of 5 stars good information
for starting on gluten free diet, this is a great book as is the gluten free for dummies. both a very informative
Published 13 months ago by Bev Downing
4.0 out of 5 stars Gluten Free Cooking
My wife has Celiac's, and finding and preparing tasty and safe meals for her has been difficult. This book has very good guidelines for GF cooking and recipes, allowing me to also... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dianne Schuman
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