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The Eat Well Cookbook: Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free Recipes for Food Lovers Paperback – September 1, 2007

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A follow-up of sorts to their Detox Cookbook, nutritionist Purser and food writer Snowball offer an assortment of gluten- and dairy-free dishes for restricted diets. Dairy-free dishes are fairly straightforward, substituting rice or soy milk in recipes for smoothies, soufflés and pudding. Dishes such as Swordfish Kebabs, Goan Fish Stew and Greek-Style Roast Chicken are rounded out with flavorful, vegetable-based accents rather than gluten-heavy sides. As those unable to eat gluten can attest, recreating wheat-based favorites can pose a challenge; in some cases the authors opt for pre-made gluten-free bread, as in French Toast with Fruit Compote, while in others (like Banana, Carrot and Walnut Cake) they advocate a from-scratch approach. The dishes' success likely depends as much on a cook's ability to source the ingredients as their preparation; happily, the authors provide a source for gluten-free products in the United States and their native Australia, and substitutions are suggested throughout. The book has a decidedly Aussie feel, from the use of "kilojoules" for "calories" to the use of native ingredients like Moreton Bay bugs, snake beans and barramundi. Given the relative paucity of books with flavorful takes on the limited-ingredient approach, credit is due for variety alone, though bread-starved dieters might be disappointed that more baked goods aren't offered.
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About the Author

Jan Purser is a naturopathic nutrition consultant, remedial therapist and meditation teacher. She has worked in the food and food-publishing industry for more than 20 years and has written six books on health, food, and meditation. She is currently the health and nutrition editor of Australian Good Taste magazine. Kathy Snowball is a freelance food writer and the author of numerous cookbooks and has worked as a food editor at Australian Gourmet Traveller and Australian Women's Weekly.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; 1 edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741148278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741148275
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,040,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Renee L Paolino on January 22, 2009
Format: Paperback
After you are finished giggling about the authors' last names, you might speculate that this cookbook has the potential to be, well boring. Just the phrase "eat well" conjures up an image of a block of tofu and maybe a big, empty hole where we would find foods we love to eat.

Get beyond all that negativity, my friends! The recipes from "The Eat Well Cookbook" are delicious; you won't feel as if you're substituting healthy for delicious. Case in point: "Butterfly lamb with roasted red vegetables & warm mint sauce". How about "Greek-style roast chicken with avgolemono sauce"? These recipes are very elegant and full of flavor. You can choose to make healthy dinners with meat -- not always present in "healthy" cookbooks. Trying to incorporate more meatless meals to your culinary repertoire? Try my favorite in this collection, "Moroccan lentil soup". This soup ends my search for the delicious spicy lentil soup that I enjoy at a local Moroccan restaurant (since the owner resolutely refuses to part with the recipe).

Though the front cover proclaims "lose weight and feel fabulous", this cookbook addresses other important health issues such as food sensitivities and allergies, how to live well and feel great, and of course, ways to reduce weight. To me, it all comes down to the question: Are the recipes in "The Eat Well Cookbook " delicious? Though I have not tried all the recipes, out of the two dozen or so I've tried, I am impressed with the up-front, well melded flavors of the recipes. You will not feel as if you're eating just to get healthy.

There are two more reasons I have made room for this cookbook on my shelf. The recipes are dairy-free and gluten-free. Now keep reading, please!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on November 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a terrific addition to my collection of over 100 cookbooks. The book is authored and published in Australia, so naturally features local (Asian) and immigrant (Mediterranean) influences/ingredients. I've only made a few recipes so far, all of which were excellent, and I'm tempted by many more. I highly recommend the Aromatic Beef Soup with Star Anise (pg 48), Chicken Laksa with Rice Noodles (pg 90) and, most recently attempted, Sweet Potato Frittata with Walnut and Herb Salsa (pg 124). I substituted pistachios for walnuts, and this salsa is absolutely sensational - intensely flavoured and a beautiful complement to the frittata, which doesn't actually 'need' the salsa - it tastes great as it is. The recipes are dairy and gluten free. I'm not - I bought the book on the basis of a great review in a NZ/Aus. food magazine, and after a good browse (pages are available online). I thought it might make catering for friends with food intolerances easier - but I'll be using this book a lot regardless of who I have over to dinner and highly recommend it. Bravo to the authors.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JAE42 on May 5, 2010
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This book looks like it has really delicious recipes. And it would be great if I was single with lots of money, and lots of time to cook. But many of the ingredients are specialty. Which means they are expensive and would require me to drive to a large city to find. I am looking for recipes that I can prepare for my two children (one on a dairy-free diet, and one on a gluten-free diet). They need plain, good food, prepared from inexpensive readily available ingredients. And I need recipes which are gluten-free AND dairy-free which this book does have, just not the ones I am looking for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mallory on January 31, 2014
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First let me start by saying, like the reviews below, this cookbook isn't for everyone. I disagree with the recipes being time consuming - they often look tedious but I have found I spend the same amount of time cooking as I have in the past. Some of the ingredients are difficult to find, and yes, it can get expensive if you are not used to cooking with these ingredients and do not have some already stocked. I am on a tight budget for groceries and I have made it work by searching out recipes ahead of time with similar ingredients and making mindful substitutions for items that are more difficult to find here in the U.S.

That all being said, here is why this book is a hit: each meal is complete and balanced. You feel satiated, while cooking correct portion sizes. I suffer from a number of inflammatory diseases and have a fairly strict diet and I haven't had to make any concessions outside of egg substitutes here and there. I have made the Herb Crusted Blue Eye, Crispy Snapper, High Fibre Bread, an egg dish where the name escapes me and a few others. On another note, generally when eating gluten or dairy free, recipe books will try to emulate those starchy fattening foods - all I have ever wanted are great recipes that also just happen to be void of things I cannot digest. This book has them.

Healthy eating is what I like to call a part-time job. This book is not for people who have limited time to sit down and cook. Personally it helps me relax so I force it into my schedule (and it has little room to spare). I have ordered this book for two friends and made dishes for others and all agree the recipes are delicious and balanced!
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