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"...a user-friendly cookbook with satisfying recipes that are easy to prepare. Saving money is the icing on the (gluten-free) cake."


Nicole Hunn serves up all the recipes and information found in her cookbook in the friendly and inviting manor that has helped make her blog popular.

--National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

"Each recipe comes with a note on how much "Shoestring Savings" you'll rack up if you make Hunn's recipe rather than buying the food in the store."
--Portland (Maine) Press Herald

"I am totally thrilled to add this practical, timely and very good gluten-free cookbook to my collection." Gluten-Free Cooking, 2/11/11
“Hunn has assembled 125 recipes that say ‘make me, make me!,’ and all the reader need do is pick where to start…It is a user-friendly cookbook with satisfying recipes that are easy to prepare. Saving money is the icing on the (gluten-free) cake.”

Tucson Citizen, 3/28/11
“The featured recipes are easy to prepare and reflect a real variety of dishes. From Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares to an old fashioned Sourdough Bread, this is a cookbook that isn’t just for the gluten intolerant eater but also for those who simply like good food.”, 4/6/11
“[A] practical, timely and very good gluten-free cookbook.”

Book Review, April 2011
“With plenty of wisdom and easy instructions, Gluten-Free on a Shoestring is a must for any gluten intolerant health conscious cook.”, 2/20/11
“Nicole Hunn serves up all the recipes and information found in her cookbook in the friendly and inviting manor that has helped make her blog popular.”

Living Without, June/July 2011
“Hunn successfully tackles a chief complaint voiced by special-diet newbies: sticker shock. Her practical tips for shopping and cooking to save time and money are a gift to all of us who are paying too much for too little.”, 4/19/11
“The money you spend on the book will be saved by following Hunn’s great tips.”
Marin Independent Journal, 5/4/11
“Compiles [Hunn’s] best recipes and helpful hints on cutting costs, all in best friend blogger-style. Her tips to economizing are good reminders and handy for the working parent.”, 4/27/11
“I have never come across a book of such consequence to the gluten-free household as Gluten-Free on a Shoestring.”
San Francisco Book Review, May 2011
“Hunn has not only bestowed her readers with a complete cookbook…but she shows us how to save money, and time, on our meals…It’s well worth a bite.”

Curled Up With a Good Book, 5/17/11
“Opens up a whole new world for people with this particular diet restriction and does so with a writing style that is both assured and accessible. Those of us who don’t have a medical diagnosis requiring diet changes can benefit from the book, as well…In addition to offering an excellent resource for those who must go gluten-free, Hunn’s book gives everyone a map toward healthier eating without giving up those delicious foods we love.”
Midwest Book Review, May 2011
“From locating best values to meal planning and stocking a gluten-free pantry, this provides a range of foods from ‘scratch’ that can fit any budget. Highly recommended!”
January, 5/23/11
“Hunn’s approach is delicious, inexpensive and easy: no mystery at all. I’m betting that, for some wheat sensitive households, Gluten-Free on a Shoestring will be life-changing.”
Gluten-Free Living, Summer 2011
“Hunn is clever and optimistic. As you flip through the pages, it’s hard to avoid not feeling better about your gluten-free life. Plus, the recipes will inspire you to go into the kitchen with renewed energy and hope for the future. It’s well worth spending money to purchase Gluten-Free on a Shoestring. It will pay dividends in the future.”

Book Review, June/August 2011
“This book is written for real people, facing real economic issues, that can’t afford to dedicate a whole paycheck to groceries. It is a great resource for preparing whole foods at home and not spending all weekends and evenings in the kitchen.”
Westchester Family, June 2011
“A great resource for those just jumping in to the gluten-free world as well as well-versed veterans who are looking to slash those unnecessary grocery expenses.”
Shelf Life (Canada), August 2011
“It is the 125 recipes that make the book the most enjoyable, and if you are not part of the gluten-free world, then you may become a convert by book’s end…Get on the gluten-free bandwagon, finding ways to love these products, while at the same time creating recipes that are very friendly to the wallet.”
Treasure Valley Family Magazine, September 2011
“The recipes included are easy to prepare, explained in a friendly manner, and reflect a variety of delicious options.”, 9/6/11
“Even when she's telling you something you think you already know—like grow your own vegetables—Hunn adds an extra bit of information that takes the wisdom to another level.”, 9/12/11
“The tone of the book is friendly and supportive, and the recipes are very clear and simple to follow.”

Delight Gluten-Free, December 2011
“[The] perfect holiday gift book.”
Natural Solutions (website), 1/1/12
“[A] favorite cookbook of 2011.”, 1/19/12
“If you are like most celiacs and pine for baked goods but balk at shelling out the outrageous prices for store bought, this cook book might be just the thing.”, 1/18/12
“A great book loaded with easy-to-follow recipes for the newly gluten-free. Trouble-free on time and finances, this book is a great first step toward a new lifestyle that has been shown to clear up eczema, heal acid reflux, and even eliminate inflammation in a gluten intolerant system.”

Gluten-Intolerance Group, Winter 2012
“[Hunn’s] engaging writing style makes it seem like you have a good friend in the kitchen helping you along.”, 4/17/12
“A great starter book for anyone going gluten free who is also on a budget.”

About the Author

Nicole Hunn is the personality behind the Gluten-Free on a Shoestring blog, featured in the New York Times and MSN Money. She lives with her family in Westchester County, New York.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073821423X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738214238
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (508 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nicole Hunn is the personality behind Gluten-Free on a Shoestring (

In addition to her cookbooks and blog, Nicole has written about gluten-free eating for Parade magazine,, Living Without and Gluten-Free Living. Nicole has appeared on, Sirius/XM Radio, The Better Show, The John Tesh Radio Show and ABC News. She has also been featured in various print and online publications including The New York Times, Better Homes & Gardens, Parents magazine and Huffington Post.

Nicole's latest book, Gluten-Free Classic Snacks: 100 Recipes for the Brand-Name Treats You Love, shows readers how to make gluten-free versions of favorite snacks from brands like Hostess, Keebler, Little Debbie and many more.

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271 of 284 people found the following review helpful By frank r barbara on March 4, 2011
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Thank you, thank you!!! I have bought so many gluten free cookbooks and have had terrible results. Gluten Free On a Shoestring is very easy to follow..Nicole explains everything and makes it seem so easy to bake. I baked her Pound Cake and my husband (who does not need to eat gf) said he couldnt tell the difference. Nicole is witty, smart and clever. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet her and she was so informative, while being so down to earth. She understands that people dont want to eat gf foods that taste and smelly yucky. She understands that people want to be able to cook gf without a hassle, not to mention the cost of baking gf. I recommend this book to everyone that needs to be on a gf diet. Don't waste your money on any other gf cookbook. I look forward to her next cookbook and will certainly buy it! Thanks, Gina
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244 of 256 people found the following review helpful By AMY LYNN EVANS on March 27, 2011
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THIS IS THE MOST INFORMATIVE, INSPIRING, GLUTEN-FREE COOKBOOK I HAVE EVER OWNED!! Believe me, my shelves are lined with GF books. After being diagnosed with Celiacs Disease over 2 years ago, my head was in a whirlwind. From cover to cover "Gluten Free on a Shoestring" has taken the guess work out of everything! Nicole has done all of our research for us. From Online Coupon & Supermarket Web sites to Company Web Sites, her tips are wonderful & she tells us what to buy & from where. The recipes in this book are delicious, easy to follow, & don't require a lot of "odd flours" that are expensive! I have made RRP & plain Hummus(both oh so yummy), Ricotta pancakes(Delicious),Banana-Blueberry Muffins(To die for:O)Sweet potato Biscuits (ate these w/ Meatlove),Graham Crackers & Banana Cream Pie (Truly ambrosial~thought I'd died & gone to Heaven!!)Seeded Bagels (regular size is perfect for a sandwich),Spinach Pie( Am I in Greece?) As you can tell, I'm cooking my way through "Gluten Free on a Shoesting" & truly enjoying the recipes. I've purchased this coobook for my Mama as well. She cooks for me when I come to visit & is enjoying this book as much as I am. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU PURCHASE THIS COOKBOOK, IT'S THE ONLY GF COOKBOOK YOU'LL EVER NEED!!Thank you, Nicole for all your research, time, effort, & hard work so that others may live a delicious healthy Gluten Free life.
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224 of 241 people found the following review helpful By mela on March 12, 2011
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I am not a diagnosed celiac, but I was having extremely uncomfortable digestion problems that led me to an elimination diet. After just a few days of going gluten-free my body rebounded & ever since I have had normal digestion! I don't need a doctor to tell me I'm feeling better.

ANYWAY--I found this book at a store in town & spent the evening flipping through it & drooling at the seemingly simple, delicious recipes. I ran home & ordered it off Amazon as quick as could be. I am so glad I did. The book begins with lots of tips on how to save money & feel confident in your new gluten-free kitchen. From where to shop to what to buy, Nicole is full of wisdom for those of us living on a shoestring budget.

The recipes I've tried have been a success & her instructions are clear and easy to follow. The bread recipes are to die for & I am especially in love with the simple popovers which are pictured on the cover of the book.

Buy it. Try it. You won't be sorry!
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94 of 100 people found the following review helpful By L. J. on November 4, 2013
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Gluten Free on a Shoestring is both a guide to going gluten free on a budget, as well as a cookbook with 125 inexpensive but high quality gluten free recipes. Nicole Hunn is a well-known blogger and cook who focuses on reinventing well-loved recipes to be gluten free. The first two chapters of this book are dedicated to money-saving advice and tips for sourcing inexpensive gluten free ingredients and cooking in bulk to save time and money. These two chapters offer suggestions for food preparation and storage, how to stretch ingredients, and how to practice once a week cooking.

Gluten Free on a Shoestring starts at the beginning, with kitchen basics such as stocks, dough and crusts, sauces and small bites. Recipes gradually become more specialized, with breakfast and brunch, vegetarian meals and sides, and comfort food main dishes. The cookbook tackles recipes that are traditionally gluten-filled and adapts them to mimic the originals without the gluten. This cookbook also offers an impressive selection of breads, baked goods, and desserts, with an entire chapter dedicated to bread recipes and one to desserts.

Similar books I love:
Wheat Free Cookbook: 100 Delicious Gluten Free and Wheat Free Recipes to Boost your Health and Energy

The Everything Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cookbook: Includes Butternut Squash with Walnuts and Vanilla, Peruvian Roast Chicken with Red Potatoes, Lamb with ... Lattes...and hundreds more! (Everything®)

Favorite Recipes:
Spinach Dip (pg. #60)
Cinnamon Rolls (pg. #76)
Coffee Cake (pg. #84)
Dinner Rolls (pg. #98)
Potato Gnocchi (pg. #126)
Chicken Pot Pie (pg. #158)
Tortilla Soup (pg. #168)
Pound Cake (pg. #186)
Apple Crisp (pg. #224)
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100 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Amy Hall on July 8, 2012
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I would give 3.5 stars if possible. It would be a 5 star except for the major con, listed and explained below:

- very, very good basic recipes (tortillas, bagels, naan, etc)
- primer to gluten-free lifestyle
- a few good medium-difficulty items

- inconsistent directions (see comments below) between cookbook and website, for the same or similar recipes

I love Nicole's website and have successfully made several recipes from it to date. Her basics are pretty good, and very easy, less fussy versions of other recipes. For example, the bagel recipe doesn't have any eggs in it, so I have made two batches already and it's a VERY simple recipe. What I was looking for in a cookbook was a good collection of simple, straightforward, reliable gluten free recipes for the basics. Hers work.

HOWEVER - and this is a big however - some of her technique and other commentary is inconsistent between the book and her blog. For example, on her pretzel recipe, she tells you to chill the dough and roll it out "with wet hands." However, when she makes pretzel bites on her website, which uses the same dough, she comments that the dough is "very wet," and so she tells you to add a little flour - and not to wet your hands, but flour them. I tried rolling out pretzel dough with wet hands and was very sad with the results; I checked the website, curious to see pictures, and found out I was doing it wrong even while following her directions. In the same recipe, she tells you to dip the pretzels in a baking soda bath; on the website, you boil them - which as I'm looking at my pretzel bites I just made (from the book), would have been a very helpful extra step as they did not brown very well.
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