Many people have been changing their diets to gluten-free for a variety of reasons. I enjoy cooking from scratch and find that cooking gluten-free is not as difficult as many people assume. My husband and I began consciously eating gluten-free about a year ago for health reasons. We’ve found gluten-free cooking not only to be easier than people perceive, but tasty and healthy. We’ve noticed how much better we feel after eating our home-cooked, gluten-free meals. Click here for a list of grains with and without gluten. Here are some resources I’ve found helpful:
Nourishing Traditions: This is my all-time favorite cookbook because it’s all about making things from scratch which I am passionate about. It has an interesting section on grains, which will help you understand how grain digestion works. It also has a section on food allergies. I recommend this book to anyone & everyone.
Wheat-free, Gluten-free: This is a great resource when you want a treat or you’re really missing something specific, like chicken nuggets. It also has a vegetarian section.
Kids with Celiac Disease: This gives a full explanation of Celiac’s Disease with many helpful suggestions for the home. One thing I really liked about the author is that she emphasizes that once you get the hang of it, you realize that it’s not that hard to live gluten-free.
Special Diet Solutions: This is great for people who are avoiding gluten along with other foods such as dairy & sugar. This book has a lot of good information about allergies. Also there is a chart in the back which has the characteristics of different alternative flours which is very helpful in determining which flour would be best for what type of food you are preparing.
Don’t worry! It’s not as hard as you think! J
Jesse Lee Harmon is the bookkeeper/library assistant at the Oliver Wolcott Library and loves playing guitar & singing her songs, cooking, green tea, red wine, clear water & walking through New England woods in any season.