100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes Review & Giveaway

100 Best GF Recipes One of my favorite gluten-free cookbook authors is Carol Fenster.  I own several of her cookbooks and a few of my very favorite recipes come from those books, or were adapted from one of her recipes.  That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to review her newest cookbook,100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes.

The Book

With the exception of five new ones, the recipes in this book are taken from her book 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes.  The cookbook title says it all.  These are 100 of her best recipes and it is put into a compact affordable book with 30 beautiful color photos.  It’s a very nicely done color cookbook with the ingredients listed in red.  It also features icons next to recipes that are vegetarian, kids favorites, and quick to make.

Another feature I really like in a cookbook is variations on a recipe.  Many recipes in this book have a highlighted box at the end with a variation of the recipe.  The front of this cookbook has useful gluten-free information, Carol’s sorghum flour blend, and a description of gluten-free flours.  A couple of special features are a list of gluten-free, dairy-free brands for specific ingredients, and a list of menus that combine some of the recipes in the book to make a themed meal such as Elegant Dinner Party, Southwestern, or Weekend Brunch.

My Experience

Carol's soft pretzels Before doing this review I made a couple of the recipes that I hadn’t made before.  The first was soft pretzels.  They are something I miss at times, especially when I’m walking past an Auntie Anne’s Pretzel shop.  I have to admit, that I was disappointed in the result as a pretzel.  I did, however, think they make a good bread stick.  They just didn’t taste like pretzels to me. I even tried brushing butter on top.

chive flatbreadThe second recipe I tried was Fresh Chive Flatbread with Dipping Oil.  I goofed a little by adding all of the olive oil to the dough, rather than saving 1 Tablespoon for sprinkling on top.  The dough ended up very thin and wet, and the bread was definitely flat and rather heavy.  Next time I will use the right amount of olive oil and hold back a little of the liquid.  It tasted good though, especially with fresh rosemary in the bread and chives on top.  I served it with the dipping oil as a side at dinner and everyone liked it.

The Giveaway!

I am offering one copy of 100 Best Gluten-Free Recipesto one winner.  You must be a US or Canadian resident to enter.  There are several ways to enter, but you must leave a separate comment for each entry.  Also, be sure I have a way to contact you.  The giveaway will end next Wednesday, August 25th at 11:00 p.m. eastern time.  Here’s how to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me if you have tried any of Carol Fenster’s recipes.
  • Tweet about this giveaway, and leave a comment
  • Follow me on Twitter or tell me you already do, and leave a comment
  • Like me on Facebook, or tell me you already do, and leave a comment
  • Subscribe to my feed via RSS or email, or tell me you already do, and leave a comment

There are five possible ways to enter, and you must leave a separate comment for each.  If you receive this post via email, please do not send me an email.  You must click over to the blog and leave a comment.

Disclaimer:  I was sent a free copy of 100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes, but the opinions in this post are my own.

This giveaway is now closed.

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  1. Amy says

    I have just started eating gluten-free, so the cookbook would be a welcome addition to my kitchen!

  2. Emily says

    Hi Linda, I retweeted your tweet about this giveaway.

    Sounds like a good book. :)

  3. ~Donna says

    I have never tried any of Carol's recipes………but I would love to!

  4. ~Donna says

    I follow you on FB and I've never tried any of Carol's recipes. I feed my sweet hubby who is now gluten-free.

  5. Kathleen says

    I've tried a few of her recipes. I have the 1000 recipe version. It's sooo huge! It's amazing just as a regular cookbook as well with naturally gluten free recipes and things we don't think about like common steak, bbq, adobo sauces or spice mixes etc.

  6. akalife4me says

    I have never tried her recipes but I would love to put the cookbook to good use!

  7. cooperkelly4 says

    I have tried some of her muffin recipes (banana, etc.) when I borrowed the 1,000 recipes book from the library. I'd love to own one of her books!

  8. Kimber says

    I have not tried one of her recipes. My niece has celiac and is learning to cook – this book would be great for her!
    Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

  9. Thao says

    I have not tried any of Carol's recipes but I love the section for breakfast, breads and muffin. I would try those first.


  10. Anonymous says

    Just saw this on my RSS feed. Love your blog!

    TK Kenyon

  11. Anonymous says

    Most recently, I tried her flour tortilla recipe.


  12. Janelle says

    I have never tried any of Carol's recipes…but I'm always looking for more recipes. :)

  13. GFCarrie says

  14. truth says

    I haven't tried any of her recipes. This is the first I've heard about her book. But now that I have 3, possibly 4 or 5 in my family with Celiac, I'm always looking for new recipes.

  15. jaclyn sands says

    I follow you on twitter( my username is punkykittie) and retweeted, subscribe via email, and like you on FB and left a comment on the FB post. I would love to try this book. I've been GF for about a year now and Im always looking for good recipes :)

  16. Melissa says

    I would love to win this cookbook for my GF 5 year old. I haven't tried any of Carol Fenster's recipes, but it's time for my little girl to have some wonderful foods made just for her. She's always having to leave the good stuff out.

  17. SLColman says

    I haven't tried any of these recipes but I am always looking for new good gluten free recipes!

  18. Racheal says

    My boys and me are just recently Gluten-free it would definately help to have a cookbook!

  19. Melissa says

    Just subscribed to your feed (= Hoping to win the cookbook for my sweet kid!

  20. April says

    I like you on Facebook. I haven't tried her recipes but if I'm not lucky enough to win your drawing, I will definitely check out her books.

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  22. Pat says

    Around 6 or 7 years ago I borrowed a friend's copy of Carol Fenster's book to try some of her recipes. The ones I tried were mostly breads, which were okay, but I soon began cutting back on my carbs, so I lost track of those recipes. I have her book on my "must buy next" list!

  23. The Not So Perfect Housewife says

    I just 'liked' you on FB, though I thought I was already following you. LOL. Glad i am now!

  24. Pat says

    Thanks, Linda, for so many good ideas that I've gotten from having subscribed to your blog. You're inspiring! :=)

  25. GlutenFreeDee says

    I have never tried any of Carol's recipes but did met her last year at the Denver CSA Vendor Fair, and again at a Denver CSA Meeting. She is a great gal, very down to earth and humble. Thanks for running the contest!


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  28. Lewyville says

    I haven't tried any of Carol's recipe..but I can't wait to try some!

  29. Gypsy's Gluten-Free Ramblings & Recipes says

    Okay, got you now! On twitter and facebook.

  30. LAURA says

    i haven't found many gf cookbooks containing recipes my family and i really like so i'd sure love to give this one a try. i get tired of cooking the same tried and true meals. :)

  31. Kassia says

    I have tried adaptations of her recipes from various gf bloggers, always with good results!

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  33. Kristine says

    I have not tried any of her recipes, but I have a three year old who just started going gf in May. I love to cook and try new recipes, and I would love to try them. This would be an amazing gift for our whole family!!

  34. jcowling says

    I like you on FB! I definitely need to learn more recipes, I miss baking the most!

  35. kj says

    Count me in on this give-away! I'm always looking for new (and proven) gf recipes. I didn't know about this author before this post.

  36. Vindiciti says

    No, I hadn't tried any of the recipes, but I'm anxious to give them a go! Two of my sons have autism, and they do much better without gluten. No allergies present. The problem? I'm cooking for six, and the rest of us are fine with it. Some of us (especially hub) prefer the normal stuff. We can't afford to make two meals timewise, energywise, or financially. I'd love to find more recipes that may please everyone while benefitting my two sons!

  37. Stephanie says

    I love Carol's recipes, and keep a supply of her sorghum mix on hand at all times. She's got some great cookie recioes, and I'm a huge fan of the sun-dried tomato and kalamata focaccia. Soooo good! This book sounds awesome!

  38. Stephanie says

    I love Carol's recipes, and keep a supply of her sorghum mix on hand at all times. She's got some great cookie recioes, and I'm a huge fan of the sun-dried tomato and kalamata focaccia. Soooo good! This book sounds awesome!

  39. Janetta says

    My husband has to eat gluten free and I would love to try the recipes in this book.

  40. Lisa says

    I have never tried any of Carol's recipes but now I'm reading PP's kalamata focaccia comment and I must try it!!!

  41. Cathy says

    I already subscribe to your blog and I love it. I appreciate all of your knowledge as I am sort of new and so I'm learning.
    Thanks again.

  42. Tasty Eats At Home says

    Sounds like a great giveaway! I would love to try to make GF pretzels…

  43. Tasty Eats At Home says

    I like you on facebook, and I posted this on my facebook update!

  44. morah devorie says

    Never used her cookbook before, but love experimenting with new recipes for my two gf kids. I'd love to try some recipes

  45. Janet says

    Having just found out a couple of months ago of a my gluten allergy, it's been a challenge to find alternatives to the gluten filled breads and pastas I loved so much. I have yet to find gluten free ones that are indistinguishable from their gluten laden counterparts. But I keep trying.

  46. glugleglutenfree says

    I have not tried any of Carol's recipes, but if that picture of the flat bread isn't even as good as it is supposed to be, I want to try that one. I just about want to eat my computer looking at it.


  47. glugleglutenfree says

    I liked you on Facebook. And, thanks for reminding me. I knew I was missing someone.


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