When I first went gluten free, I didn’t really know where to start – so of course I turned to the internet for information. There is definitely an abundance of information online, but it can be overwhelming at first.
In many ways, you have to learn to cook all over again when you go gluten free – especially if you have to eliminate other foods as well. I had to eliminate gluten, dairy, soy and egg whites, so cooking has been a definite adjustment. I’m finally starting to get the hang of it.
Baking has been the biggest challenge for me, but I’m finally starting to get a bunch of recipes perfected. Bread is one I’m still tackling.
I recently had the opportunity to review a copy of Gluten-Free Cooking For Dummies. I was really excited to check out the recipes and see what I could learn from it.
The book gives a good overview of why wheat probably isn’t good for anyone, and some positive messages about making the transition to a gluten free lifestyle.
They make some references to eating a healthy diet when you go gluten free, but unfortunately, most of the recipes fell short for me for a couple of reasons.
First, nearly all of the recipes call for eggs and dairy, so they’d need to be modified. That’s fine since I have become accustomed to doing that.
However, a lot of the recipes use ingredients that I don’t consider healthy or safe. A lot of the recipes call for corn oil (hello GMOs) or vegetable shortening (aka trans fatty acids). A lot of the recipes also call for junk food like cool whip, cookies and more.
I was really disappointed by this second point because there is already so much unhealthy information out there for gluten free recipes and gluten free junk food. I was really hoping for something better from this book.
The recipes could definitely be modified to remove these ingredients, but to have to modify out the dairy and eggs and well as the abundance of unhealthy junk ingredients is more than I would be willing to do.
You can read more reviews for Gluten-Free Cooking For Dummies on Amazon.com.