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The Gluten-Free Vegan: 150 Delicious Gluten-Free, Animal-Free Recipes Paperback – December 25, 2007
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Not so: mayonnaise, meatloaf, brownies--it's all here.
The author also limits recipes that use corn, soy, and sugar, resulting in food that is low glycemic index, allergy-free, vegan and gluten-free. Perfect, perfect, perfect.
Well, almost: many of the recipes have long ingredient lists, but they won't take forever, and they include recipes that can be cooked a month in advance and then frozen. (Your mother should have taught you not to freeze tomatoes.)
My only real complaint is the book's discussion of oats: the author says that oats don't have gluten, and so they are safe. Actually, oats contain avenin, which is just a different form of gluten; in a test tube, intestinal samples have an immune reaction to avenin; but, in live people, there are many fewer anti-gliadin antibodies (the bad stuff) in diagnosed celiacs who eat oats.
The problem is, some celiacs do fine on oats--and some don't. It's difficult to tell until the person in question starts to get sick again.
However, with that one caveat, this cookbook is way cool, and very, very useful. If you are willing to spend any time in the kitchen at all, this is well worth picking up.
The main course recipes use familiar, whole foods that you don't have to travel to a health food store to purchase. If you are accustomed to stocking a gluten free baking pantry, you will find the desserts do not need any special ingredients. The typical flours are used: sorghum, brown rice, tapioca, quinoa, and arrowroot.
Best of all, these recipes are EASY. Many are one dish meals (yea!) that go beautifully with a simple salad on the side. The deserts are sweetened with just the right amount of agave nectar (perhaps the only ingredient you won't have at your local grocer. However, it is available via Amazon.com). I'll wager friends and family members that are not Vegan or gluten intolerant will love these recipes.
Please note, if you are sensitive to nuts you need to look elsewhere. The vast majority of the recipes here use tree nuts. However, if gluten and animal products are your only foes, this book is a must have.
Highly recommended for everyone who loves flavorful and healthy whole foods.
Or perhaps you've been gluten-free for years, but are trying to feel even better, the kind of better that sometimes comes from trying a vegan diet. It happens. Then you turn to Susan O'Brien's The Gluten-Free Vegan and make the Corn Chowder on page 31, or the Pumpkin Scones on page 131, and say "I love you, world! I think I want to live."
Which recipes shall you try first? I fell in love with the incredible Thai Vegetable Soup, then had to follow it up with something Mom might have made--the Carrot Salad on page 43. Now I'm planning a feast with Yam Enchiladas with Pomegranate Sauce, accompanied by the Antioxidant Chili, concluding with Apple Pie Bars. Seriously, you can go wild with this healthy food, and never regret a thing. This is a great title to have in your VGF kitchen.
You meat-and-wheat-eating foodies out there need this book, too. Be broad-minded enough to consider that a delicious dish containing no gluten or animal parts still might really make you lick your chops. Besides, understanding your friends' food needs and preferences makes you a very wonderful, sympathetic and sexy host/hostess.
Though we are not vegan, I feel that feeding my family vegan meals is part of a healthy diet. Both of my sons were diagnosed with ADHD about 2 years ago so I put our family on a (healthy) GF /CF diet. The Gluten-Free Vegan is a perfect book for anyone wanting to eat a healthy GF / CF diet.
Our family's favorite recipes are: the Antioxidant Chili, Kale with Peanut Sauce, Mexican Quinoa Salad, Curried Apple and Cauliflower Soup, Super Antioxidant Salad, Zippity Do Da Coleslaw, No-Meat Meatballs, Pumpkin Scones, and the Apple Pie Bars! The author also gives a short ingredient guide in the beginning. Very Helpful.
Great Book! Great Buy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have grandaughter who is gluten-free vegan and comes often to visit. Made an excellant present for her for Christmas!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Delicious and easy to follow recipes. It's difficult to find Vegan and Gluten-Free options and when you do find them, they are very expensive. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cynthia
Good for anyone NEW to both gluten-free and vegan cooking and need some basics. However, recipes tend to require lots of ingredients. Read morePublished 7 months ago by DJS