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.
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.
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.