Weeknight Gluten Free Review and Giveaway


Weeknight Gluten Free:  Simple, Healthy Meals for Every Night of the Week by Kristine Kidd is a Williams Sonoma cookbook that I want to share with you today.

What I Like

One of the things I like most about this cookbook is that it’s full of large color photos.  If you’re a visual person who doesn’t like to make a recipe that you can’t visualize, you’ll like enjoy this book.

The cookbook contains a wide variety of recipes with chapters covering almost meatless, seafood, poultry, meat, and desserts.  It also covers tips for living gluten free.

Quite a few of the recipes have an international flare, such as sesame-ginger noodles with chicken and vegetables, Asian-flavored chicken with shiitakes and bok choy, easy mu shu pork, and Vietnamese beef and noodle soup.

There are also plenty of more traditional American recipes such as sautéed chicken tenders with peas and mint, oven “fried” chicken with baby spinach salad, and grilled steak and fingerlings with herb salad.

Another thing I like about this cookbook is that most of the recipes are naturally gluten free and do not use specialty gluten-free ingredients.  There are a few, particularly those that involve pasta, but even the desserts are fruit based and don’t rely on gluten-free flour.

What I Don’t Like

The photos.  I know, I said that’s one of the things I like, but photos can also be a hindrance for me personally.  Sometimes they just look too nice.  They don’t look like weeknight meals.  I see all those nicely styled dishes and think, “I could never make that,” or “my family would never eat that.”

That was my initial reaction, but after taking a closer look, I realized that most of the recipes are not difficult to make, and my family would eat many of them.

The variety of recipes.  I know, I said that was something I liked, but I said that because I think variety is important in a cookbook since we should eat a variety of foods, and many people like a variety of foods.

However, my family is pretty narrow in what they like, and except for Italian or Mexican, my husband does not care for international foods.  So for me, at first look I thought there were a lot of recipes I couldn’t use.  On second glance, though, I realized there is plenty to choose from, and there are a number of recipes my husband would like.  Some of the recipes I would probably tweak to suit our tastes, but that’s not uncommon.

Final Thoughts

You can purchase Weeknight Gluten Free  on Amazon.  The pre-order price (release date is April 16) is $16.92 which is a good price for a hardback book with large color photos.  You can also take a look inside the book on Amazon.  Take a look at the index if you want to get a better idea of the recipes in the book.

I think this book will help spice up anyone’s weekly menu, but if you’re unsure, try finding it in a library or look through it in a bookstore.


The Giveaway

One winner will receive a copy of Weeknight Gluten Free.  Here’s the details.

  • This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents 18 and older.
  • One entry per person
  • Enter by leaving a comment on this post.
  • The giveaway begins April 5, 2013 and ends on April  10, 2013 at 11:00 pm eastern time.

No purchase is necessary.  Odds of winning are based on the number of entries.  The winners will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email.  The winners will have 24 hours to respond.  If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.

Disclaimer:  I was provided with a free copy of the cookbook to review, but was not paid to write this review. The opinions in this post are my own.

About Linda Etherton

Linda has been gluten free since 2000 when I was diagnosed with celiac disease which propelled me into the world of gluten-free cooking and baking. I am convinced that gluten-free food can and should be delicious, and I never apologize for serving it.
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  1. Teri P. says:

    I would love to have this cookbook! Anything to make weeknight’s easier!

    • cheryl price says:

      Would love to have more recipes for Gluten Free, because I am so new to this.
      Being diagnosed just 6 months ago.

    • Margaret Mitsock says:

      Would love to get some new inspiration. Have been GF for over 5 years and am in a bit of a rut as far as my menus go.

  2. Kimberly Smick says:

    I would love to win this!! Always looking for new gluten free recipes!!

  3. Melissa Kolt says:

    Would love to win!

  4. Kelly Payton says:

    Weeknight Gluten Free would be a totally awesome book to win!

  5. Kathleen Benner says:

    I am always looking for simple, healthy gluten-free recipes! :)

  6. Love to collect new gluten free recipes for my family. Need to keep changing things up, or they’ll rebel!

  7. I would love a chance to win something like this. We are new to this way of eating. So this would be great!

  8. I am so excited for this cookbook…thanks for posting about it!

  9. Melissa McCabe says:

    I would love to win this! The dish on the front page looks amazing and would love to make it!

  10. Book looks like its worth looking into – especially for the international recipes!

  11. Barbara Neiberg says:

    We’ve been gluten free for a decade now and still get tired of our regular menus. So I’d love to win and get some great new ideas!

  12. Shelly Carpenter says:

    Looks great!!! We need this book :-)

  13. Heather11 says:

    I would love to win this! :)

  14. This looks like a great cookbook…and I can use all the inspiration I can get!

  15. Becky Minton says:

    Yay – looking forward to a Gluten Free cookbook!

  16. Barbara says:

    Just beginning to live gluten-free and would love to have this cookbook to help me!

  17. I just 2 weeks ago began my foray into a gluten free diet/lifestyle change. This would be great to win!

  18. Theresa says:

    This cookbook looks like something my family and myself would enjoy!

  19. I was recently diagnosed Celiac and am looking for some good GF recipes. This sounds like a wonderful start.

  20. I used to used Williams Sonoma cookbooks regularly but haven’t really used them much since going gluten free. I’m SO excited to see this!!!

  21. I am always looking for new recipes. This would be great!

  22. It’s a stuggle to find time to cook on the weekends with all the family and yard work to do, so I love to find good easy fast recipies. This looks so yummy!

  23. Tiffany M says:

    This cookbook looks great! I am really trying to find new recipes to keep the family interested in my meals.

  24. Victoria Graves says:

    Thanks so much for your candid review of this book! It sounds like it would be a great addition to any GF family’s cooking library. The pictures look scrumptious!

  25. Cori Cox says:

    Recently gluten-free & struggling to find recipes the whole family likes!

  26. Beverley Hulse says:

    I would love to “win” this as I do not yet own a Gluten Free Cookbook. Thanks for the review!

  27. T. Earp says:

    This sounds like a it would be a great GF cookbook to add to my small collection.

  28. It is challenging to plan ‘weeknight’ meals when everyone in the household works and trying to have GF new ideas. I’m the main cook (and the one needing to be GF) and would love new recipes to serve my family – especially with a cultural flair/flavor.

  29. Starting to make the switch. Sometimes my family doesn’t even notice :-).

  30. I would love to have this cookbook to use to have new recipes for my family and upcoming Family & Friend get togethers!!!

  31. Nicole Lucier says:

    I Love William Sonoma stores and catalogues and am excited they have entered the GF market! Their mixes are extremely pricy so I’m unlikely to purchase them but the cookbook looks fabulous!

    I love all the photos and it is what would entice me to buy it if I don’t win this giveaway!

  32. LaRue Johnson says:

    Everyday I meet someone new who has been diagnoised with gluten intolerance or celiac and they are so upset because they feel like they can’t eat anything. This cookbook would be great for me to help share the information and encourage them.

  33. Christina Weiss says:

    Looks like a great cookbook!

  34. Samantha says:

    I would love to win ts cookbook!

  35. This looks like a great book for anyone. Would love to win it!

  36. Stacy Fogleman says:

    This book looks great!

  37. We’re new to gluten free and it would be great to get some ideas to help my fussy family!

  38. I would love to win this giveaway!

  39. Susan Bass says:

    This sounds like a GREAT GF cookbook!

  40. This book looks good! My weeknight meals never look like the ones in my cookbooks… but the pretty pictures are motivating to me!

  41. I discovered I am gluten intolerant about 1 year ago and it’s been a fun journey over the past year discovering new recipes that are not only safe for me but appealing to my husband too! I would love to discover new recipes for weeknight meals.

  42. Angela S says:

    My family is a picky family as well. Dinner is always Gluten free since refuse to make more than 1 dinner :)

  43. Linda S. says:

    I’d love to win this for more ideas on gf recipes!

  44. KnitYeah! says:

    New recipes are always good to liven things up! Yummers!

  45. Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Typos on my first post!

    The cover photo looks delish
    and extremely appetizing,
    finding tasty gluten-free recipes
    is still so surprising!

    Winning this cookbook
    would make life a breeze,
    because we all know it’s tough
    when you eat gluten-free.

  46. Susan Kaliszewski says:

    I must eat Gluten Free and would love to win this cookbook from Williams-Sonoma

  47. shauna price says:

    I would love to win this, since I was just diagnosed with a wheat allergy.

  48. Valerie H says:

    Would LOVE a gluten free cookbook!! I’m new to gluten free and have to look up recipes online. How nice to have a book to refer to instead!

  49. I just recently went gluten free and LOVE to cook and bake. I have been at a loss – looks like a good cookbook to have in the arsenal! :)

  50. Joan Redeen says:

    Always good to have another cookbook from which to choose!

  51. Stephanie T. says:

    We eat most of our dinners gluten free, and it is so helpful to have new ideas.
    My husband likes to try new dishes and is so supportive with my restricted diet!

  52. Recent health problems have required me to eat a gluten free diet…this looks like a great cookbook for a dedicated foodie like me.

  53. Theresa C. says:

    I would love to win this book. I am always looking for new recipes to try. Thank you.

  54. Would love a new GF cookbook! GF 3 years and followed your site since I started:)

  55. Jodi Clemons says:

    Would love to win! Definitely need some new recipes!

  56. Khristina says:

    Would love this cookbook for our family, especially since our 6 year old was diagnosed with a gluten allergy!

  57. The cookbook sounds great! I eat mostly international and Asian food even tho I was raised eating basic bland American food. I hope I win this book! I struggle to cook things in the evening that are good reheated the next few days at work – some things like baked fish is not good reheated.

  58. Ramona White says:

    Always looking for more gluten free receipes!

  59. I would love a GF cookbook. I’m just starting my collection.

  60. Thanks for the review and giveaway. This sounds like a good book to have!

  61. Jennifer D says:

    This would be the perfect kick start to my lifestyle CHANGE!!! I have figured out that GF is the way of life I need to live for my body and my health, but I am SO clueless in the kitchen. I’d love to be able to really dig into this book an get a great start on a healthy new me. :)

  62. I just recently discovered your site and am learning sooo much from reading it.. Would love to win a cookbook! Thanks

  63. This would be such a help! Our teenage daughter has been diagnosed celiac and we’re still learning….sigh, so much to learn, lol!

  64. I’d love to win this. New cookbooks are always exciting!!

  65. Would love to win this cookbook since I’m pretty new to this way of cooking/eating and my tummy sure is glad I’ve switched over. Thanks ….

  66. debbie says:

    I would love to win this book! Anything to help my gluten free life!!

  67. Laura Koelzer says:

    Would love to win the cookbook. Always looking for fresh ideas. Thanks!

  68. Wendi Manning says:

    With 3 kids going different directions and 2 parents working different shifts, it is difficult to provide a quick, gluten-free meal everyday of the week! New ideas that are quick, healthy, and things my kids and spouse will eat are always on my “to-find” list. I would LOVE to get my hands on this book!

  69. Shannon Solis says:

    Recently diagnosed with Gluten Sensitivity and so grateful for all the wonderful resources that are available now. Would love to add Weeknight Gluten Free to the library!

  70. Katrina says:

    Anything to make a busy weeknight easier! Thanks for the chance!

  71. Melissa Russell says:

    sounds good!

  72. I would love to win this book. Both my 11 year old son and I have recently been diagnosed with gluten intolerance and I have been trying to incorporate more gf dishes at home that the entire family will enjoy. This would be a huuuuuge help!

  73. Alicia says:

    Looks like something I might have to have :)

  74. I would so love to win this cookbook! I had to go gluten free a couple of months ago and desperately need some gf recipes.

  75. I would love to try this cookbook! :-)

  76. Sounds like a great book!

  77. Michele says:

    Need to win this cookbook!!! I am gluten free and have to cook for 2 of the pickiest people in the world!!! I need some awesome recipes to help before I go crazy. Really, I’ve already pulled lots of hair from my own head out. :) Pick me :)

  78. Katie M says:

    I would LOVE to be able to have this to add to my kitchen! It looks like it would be a great help to any meal! :)

  79. Mary Sutliff says:

    I am new to being gluten free. For the last 6 months, I have been trying different things. Some I like and some I don’t. Still trying to learn to adapt my traditional recipes to gluten free. Would love this cook book.

  80. Cindy W. says:

    I love to find new recipes. Thank you for the giveaway.

  81. Tiffany Flynn says:

    that looks like a wonderful cookbook!

  82. Chaundra Catrone says:

    I always need ideas for simple weeknight meals. This would be great to have!

  83. Susan Reina says:

    Pick me

  84. I’ve just recently had to start a gluten free diet (never too old to develop food sensitivities, apparently!) and I’ve been searching for gluten free recipes high and low! This cookbook sounds great. Love the variety!

  85. I love cookbooks that have a lot of pictures :)

  86. Mary T says:

    International recipes? It would be nice to break out of our rut w/ some healthful, gluten free ideas. I’m in for the cookbook!

  87. I would love to win this book!

  88. Melissa says:

    I am the only one in my house who lives GF but I am always looking for those great recipes that we all can enjoy together and also to make my life a little easier to maintain.

  89. nosogirl says:

    I think I would like this cookbook, especially since you say it carries a number of international recipes.

  90. Jessica E. says:

    Looks like a cookbook I’d use!

  91. Deborah says:

    Would love to try the recipes in this book :)

  92. Mary Wikle says:

    I would love to get this cookbook, I am such a cookbook addict!

  93. Carol Gross says:

    This cookbook will greatly improve my weeknights. Thanks so much.

  94. I’m always looking for new gluten free recipes!

  95. Susan deBrigard says:

    Looking forward to trying out some new recipes!

  96. Michelle says:

    Simple, Healthy plus pictures!!! That’s exactly what I’m looking for!!! I don’t have any gluten free cookbooks and would love to get this. Thank you :)

  97. Gluten free is the way to go even if you are not sensitive at the moment it could happen anytime as it did for me. I have not invested in a cookbook as of yet but I feel it will help me and my journey to a wheat free life!

  98. Thanks for the giveaway!

  99. Always looking for new gluten free recipes for the family so that I’m not in a cooking rut. Thanks for the chance!

  100. I would share this gift with others, as I have several friends with gluten issues.

  101. Colleen M says:

    A new cookbook is always so fun to read! Would love to be a winner and find some new recipes!

  102. I’d love a copy! I love my thrift store find – a never-used William Sonoma bread machine :) We called them, and they even mailed us the manual, despite us telling them we got the machine at a thrift store and not at William Sonoma!

  103. Dianne Averitt says:

    It would be fabulous to win this cookbook! I find it challenging to figure out what to make for dinner. Sometimes all I need is a recipe or suggestion…on many occasions one ingredient contains gluten, such as cream of chicken soup. Our family lives on a tight budget so health food store prices are out of the question. Many of our ‘old favorites’ are out of the question….so new ideas would be wonderful. I would share with 6 other GF families – what fun!

  104. Thank you for this wonderful contest. I’m always looking for new and tasty gf recipes. And I love the books that have beautiful pictures of the meals. It makes me more inclined to make them (although they rarely ever look as good as they do in the book lol).

  105. Janis S says:

    The recipe on the book cover looks delicious. I’d love to win this book so I could try it.

  106. This looks amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

  107. Samantha says:

    I would love to win this cookbook!

  108. Devorie says:

    I love trying new recipes that entice my GF and not GF kids alike. Suppertime is definitely easier when one meal satisfies everyone’s tastebuds

  109. The cover photo looks soooo yummy!! I would love to win this cookbook!!

  110. This looks like a great book for anyone. Would love to win it!

  111. It would be great to have a gluten free cookbook. I have not had a chance to purchase one since being diagnosed with wheat allergy. I have had to purchase so many different and expensive food and ingredients. I have only checked out books at the local library. It would be great to have a gluten free cookbook. Thanks for the giveaway.

  112. This book is right up my alley! Simple and Healthy is just right for this family!
    Since switching to gluten free for one family member we have all reaped the benefits of GF cooking. The kiddos even love to help out when it is simple! :)

  113. tiffany says:

    My one year old son is on a gluten free diet and would love some easy recipes we could all enjoy

  114. Deb Gowlland says:

    Always looking for new recipes and ideas to add to my gf options! Would love to win this! :)

  115. William Sonoma is a good site for tasty recipes!

  116. Brandi Lock says:

    Any new ideas are always welcome when it comes to cooking gluten free. Thanks for providing us with dinner inspiration!

  117. With a newly diagnosed gluten-intolerant child I could sure use this cookbook!

  118. I would love to win!

  119. Danelle says:

    I would love to win this cookbook. I am new at gluten free and any extra help would be wonderful!

  120. I would love to have this cookbook! It looks like it would really help develop my gluten free dinner choices!

  121. Carissa Lundmark says:

    Would love to Win!

  122. I love to cook and always looking for easy gluten free recipes as I work 2 part times jobs, am a mother, grandmother and go to college full-time. I am the only gf person in our house but I do most of the cooking so the family eats gf 90% of the time and like most of the new recipes as much as I do. I am fortunate that my family doesn’t mind being the guinea pigs when trying a new recipe. I would love to have a gluten free cookbook of my own to have new recipes to try!

  123. Felicia says:

    What a beautiful cover! I’m so thankful that you reviewed this cookbook, it sounds like a good one to get. My 10 yo DD has to go off of gluten and citrus, waiting to see about dairy, so having some new delicious dinners would be a bonus for my family right now.
    Thanks for posting!

  124. Layne Hollowell says:

    Im new to this Gluten Free cooking and need all the help I can get..this books looks like it would be of great help.

  125. I’d love to win this

  126. Deanna Myers-Coppock says:

    Would love to win this cookbook. My husband is Gluten intolerant and I’m always looking for more gluten free recipes. I like the Gluten Free Homemaker website and look at it almost every day. I have found some very good recipes on the site.

  127. Hannah says:

    Would love to win this cookbook! I’m always looking for new recipes that I don’t have to adapt to fit my diet. :)

  128. Leslie says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book!

  129. Jeanne Misch says:

    We’re new to gluten free &I this would be extremely helpful. Have a grest week.

  130. I’m always searching for new recipes and making gluten free be even more enjoyable than anything i ate with wheat.

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