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