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The Pure Kitchen: Clear the Clutter from Your Cooking with 100 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes Paperback – August 29, 2011
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About the Author
HALLIE KLECKER authors the gluten-free food blog Daily Bites (www.DailyBitesBlog.com), where she shares her enthusiasm for cooking with whole, natural, unrefined foods. Through living free of gluten and dairy and emphasizing pure foods in her diet, Hallie has discovered that eating healthfully does not equal boring meals or a pantry stocked with hard-to-find ingredients. A former personal chef, Hallie received her Nutrition Educator Certification from Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts and her Personal Chef Certification from the Culinary Business Academy. She lives near Madison, Wisconsin.
Top Customer Reviews
As I flipped through The Pure Kitchen, I found myself drawn into every single recipe. No exaggeration. Not only do they all sound great, but they also have these wonderfully simple, "everyday food" ingredient lists. In fact, I could make more than 50% of the recipes right now, without even having to go to the store. For the other 50%, just two more flours and some fresh ingredients, and I would be covered.
Of course, I couldn't literally make all of the recipes (not yet, anyways), so I started with a selection of recipes that caught my eye ...
First up was the Thick & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies. They were definitely thick, chewy, delicious, and I will be making them again. However, this pb cookie version was different from most. This is a hearty, snack bar-like cookie that's sweetened with dates and maple syrup. I found them filling and energizing yet sweet enough to fix my husband's sugar cravings ... not an easy thing to do!
Next up was a double-whammy Pure Kitchen lunch. I went light with the Buckwheat & Olive Oil Flatbread and the Arugula & Fennel Salad. This was my first venture into baking with buckwheat, and we loved it. Though gluten-free, the bread had a wonderful texture and a simple earthy taste. I'm looking forward to experimenting with herbs and flavors in that recipe. The salad was brilliant in both appearance and taste. It was spiked with a double dose of orange, and paired with the bold flavors of balsamic and Dijon.Read more ›
That's what this book does. The recipes don't replace once processed food with gluten free processed food, it changes your eating habits to eating things that make you feel good from the inside out. I recommend it to anyone trying to eat and feel better.
What sets this book apart was that the author takes a "pure" or whole foods approach to the recipes which is different than many other GFDF cookbooks.I also enjoyed that there is a lot of information packed into the book in addition to the recipes. For a novice cook, especially one embarking on such a radical new food plan, this is essential. There is information on how why eating like this is helpful, organizing your kitchen/pantry, etc.
I have made several of the recipes including Curried Turkey Noodle Stew, Kitchen Health Cookies,and Black Bean and Quinoa Pattiies. I have yet to be disappointed. I have had other family members and friends eat these recipes despite the fact that they are NOT on the same eating plan I am and they have been surprised how good the food was.
This is a must purchase cookbook.
Every recipe I have tried has delighted us and I have yet to be disappointed or feel like I needed to change anything. It seems that every recipe has been thoroughly tested and perfected before being published. The recipes taste gourmet, but the amount of time and work required is reasonable. The ingredients she uses are interesting and easy to find versus using exotic hard to find ones. The wonderful flavors seem to come from her ability to use spices and regular ingredients in a fascinating way.
I am literally cooking my way through this book and I have never wanted to do that before with any cookbook I have bought. I have tried numerous recipes and loved them so much that I have made some of them several times already, because we loved the flavors. She uses a lot of anti-inflammatory spices like curry and coconut milk and they are delicious. I also like that she has both vegan and healthy animal protein recipes as well having some slow cooker choices. She makes cooking enjoyable and fun.
Some of our favorites are Slow-Cooker Indian Chicken with Quinoa and it is so easy to put together in the morning and dinner is ready in the evening. Her Asian Turkey Burgers are delightful and we love the Meatballs with Quick-Braised Collards.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hallie Klecker knows what she is doing! These recipes are just fantastic. If you want to eat healthy this is a great place to start! Awesome!Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've had this cookbook for about a year, and have made numerous recipes out of it. This is the BEST cookbook ever! I'm a vegetarian and just skip the recipes with meat. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mrs. Robin S. Guyette
Great recipes and easy to follow. Recommended by a friend that jsut want to eat healthy. Will buy this as a giftPublished on May 13, 2014 by Carolyn
As a family who eats gluten and dairy free, it can be a challenge to find recipes! I have young children, so the food has to appeal to them, not be too strange or exotic, and be... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by MercyMomma
I made the mistake of assuming (soooooo wrongly) that this book was not only pointed at folks who are Gluten Intolerant, but that
it was it was intended for Vegetarians, as... Read more
I've literally planned the menu for the last two weeks off of this book! I've done about 10 recipes so far and loved most of them except for the Nutty Almond Chicken. Read morePublished on June 12, 2013 by Book Face
Finally a book where I don't have to make my own substitutions for dairy, gluten or refined sugar. I'm not very good at improvising and Hallie does it all for me. Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by OMA28
Exceptionally well done; recipes are easy to make and so tasty. Everyone should eat this way! Hats off to HalliePublished on January 6, 2013 by Linda McIsaac
As with the author's previous title, the publisher and author still haven't got with the times and allowed a more Eco-friendly Kindle version of their book. Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by Andy S