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.

This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for more information.


  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. Debra says

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

  4. Melissa McCabe says

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

  5. Tony E says

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

  6. 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!

  7. Barbara says

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

  8. says

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

  9. Tracy says

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

  10. Erin R says

    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!!!

  11. Donna says

    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!

  12. Tiffany M says

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

  13. 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!

  14. Cori Cox says

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

  15. Beverley Hulse says

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

  16. T. Earp says

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

  17. Lois says

    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.

  18. Alexa says

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

  19. says

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

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. Pam says

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

  23. says

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

  24. HollyN says

    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.

  25. Angela S says

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

  26. Erin says

    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.

  27. Susan Kaliszewski says

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

  28. shauna price says

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

  29. 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!

  30. says

    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! :)

  31. 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!

  32. dawn says

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

  33. Theresa C. says

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

  34. Emily says

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

  35. Khristina says

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

  36. Terri says

    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.

  37. 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. :)

  38. Carol says

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

  39. Susan says

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

  40. Vicki says

    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 ….

  41. debbie says

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

  42. Laura Koelzer says

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

  43. 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!

  44. 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!

  45. says

    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!

  46. says

    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.

  47. 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 :)

  48. 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! :)

  49. 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.

  50. Chaundra Catrone says

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

  51. Kelly says

    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!

  52. 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!

  53. 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.

  54. nosogirl says

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

  55. Carol Gross says

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

  56. 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 :)

  57. says

    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!

  58. Andrea says

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

  59. Vicky says

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

  60. Colleen M says

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

  61. says

    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!

  62. 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!

  63. Karol says

    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).

  64. Janis S says

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

  65. 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

  66. Jodi says

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

  67. Diana says

    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.

  68. Carrie says

    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! :)

  69. tiffany says

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

  70. Deb Gowlland says

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

  71. Brandi Lock says

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

  72. Danelle says

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

  73. Beth says

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

  74. Debbie says

    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!

  75. 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!

  76. 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.

  77. 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.

  78. 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. :)

  79. Jeanne Misch says

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

  80. debi says

    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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