Monday, October 4, 2010

Wheat Free Recipes and Menus Book Review

Wheat-Free Recipes and Menus by Carol Fenster, PhD., is a great beginning book to get if you've just found out you're gluten-intolerant or suffer from celiac disease.  There are so many recipes I've been able to adapt, practice and master that my family doesn't have to live without the things they love.
The gluten-free donut recipe is a must and the french bread is a family staple.  But the greatest resource for newbies to this diet is the back of the book.  There you'll find substitutes for wheat flour, and how much you need for recipes, including a section on thickeners.  There's a two week meal plan for gluten-free dinners which is always helpful.  There are other categories as well, for specific meal planning such as,
  • Quick and Easy Dinners
  • Reduced Fat, Low Calorie Meals
  • Fish and Seafood Menus
  • Beef and Pork Menus
  • Poultry Menus
  • Southwestern Menus
  • Meatless Meals
This book is fantastic for people who want to see the endless possibilities to gluten-free cooking.  It's a simple matter of planning, substitution and creativity.  That last one comes with practice.

Wheat-Free Recipes and Menus has many sections inside:
  • Gluten-Free Breadbasket
  • Pasta
  • Grains and Beans
  • Soups
  • Salads and Sauces
  • Vegetables
  • Main Dishes
  • Desserts
  • Breakfast Dishes
  • And a great index of ideas in the back.
Carol Fentser is a world-renowned gluten-free expert.

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