Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Blog Tour/Review: Gluten-Free Made Easy by Christi Silbaugh and Michele Vilseck

Gluten-Free Made Easy, by Christi Silbaugh and Michele Vilseck
2014, 268p, Cookbook
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received copy from publisher for an honest review

“Gluten-Free Made Easy” is the perfect guide to your new lifestyle! Learn dozens of tips and tricks for avoiding gluten and over 150 tasty, simple recipes like Creamy Chicken Taquitos, Margherita Pizza, and even Fudge Chocolate Chip Cookies. Going against the grain has never been easier!

I've mentioned before that I'm actually not gluten-free but am interested in learning more about it and want to find healthier recipes for my family. I love this book! In the introduction, the authors explain their background. Michele has been eating gluten-free for ten years and, after her daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease, Christi has been developing recipes over the past three years. 

The FAQ section goes through what you can eat, what foods may contain gluten, where to find gluten-free products and much more. The Resource section gives tips and walks through the different flours and includes some recipes for making flour blends and mixes. They also discuss shopping and substitutions. Then they share their favorite products and helpful websites.

Next is the food! The recipes include breakfast, finger foods, pizza and pasta, main dishes, sides and sauces, soups and salads, bread and desserts. There are lots of recipes to choose from and they include tips along the way. The pictures are appetizing.

Because I don't normally eat this way, there were some recipes that I wasn't yet ready to try since I didn't have the ingredients on hand. Even skipping over those for now, there were still plenty to try. I enjoyed the Garlic Tilapia and Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken. They also share a simple Cucumber Tomato Salad which is yummy when you want to eat something healthy and you're in a hurry. I didn't get around to the Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls, but those sound delicious and is another easy recipe. I'm also wanting to try the Red Velvet Pancakes and much more when life settles down and I have more time to try new recipes.

This recipe book is packed with helpful information and yummy recipes! As someone that wants to eat healthier, it is a book I will use over and over in the years to come! If you are gluten-free already, it will be a valuable resource for you!

About the authors: 

Christi Silbaugh is the self-educated chef and author of three cooking blogs including: Mom, What’s For DinnerGourmet Cooking For Two and Zero Calorie Life. She writes for foodie media giants Glam Media and Federated Media and works for Fast Forward Events, covering food and wine events in San Diego. Since 2009, she has created and posted over 1,000 gluten-free recipes. She lives with her family in California.

Michele Vilseck is a mother, entrepreneur and health enthusiast. She enjoys creating in all of its forms including writing, cooking, artwork and teaching. She has been gluten-free for 10 years. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.


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