When you’re diagnosed with Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity, one of the first questions you most likely ask is “what the heck do I eat?“. I personally am not an expert in the kitchen nor a fan of following directions, so I had some major cooking hurdles to overcome when I was diagnosed in 2005. 

This is where gluten-free cookbooks come to the rescue! Inside the pages, you’ll find not only gluten-free recipes, but information on cooking and baking with alternative flours, creative ideas for on-the-go gluten-free meals, and how to bake gluten-free bread that doesn’t taste like cardboard. Check out these five gluten-free cookbooks and get cooking!

Danielle Walker’s Eat What You Love: Everyday Comfort Food You Crave; Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, And Paleo Recipes

Features include:

  • Four weeks of meal plans for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Instant Pot, slow cooker, one-pot, sheet-pan, and 30-minute recipes.
  • Packed lunch chart with creative ideas for school, work, and lunches on the go.
  • Make-ahead meals, including freezer and leftover options.
  • Dietary classifications for egg-free, tree nut-free, and nightshade-free dishes, plus designations for Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS).

The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook: Revolutionary Techniques. Groundbreaking Recipes

Features include:

  • 180 foolproof recipes for all your favorite foods, minus the gluten.
  • Full-color photographs show you what the final recipe will look like.
  • Detailed information provided on ingredients as well as on how the use of two popular commercial blends will impact the final recipe.
  • Shares what works (and why) so you can successfully prepare lasagna, fried chicken, and fresh pasta in your kitchen.

By America’s Test Kitchen

The Gluten-Free Cookbook for Slow Cookers: A Delicious Variety of Easy Gluten-Free Recipes for Every Meal

Features Include:

  • 135 easy recipes that are completely gluten free, and completely simple to prepare. Made with busy families in mind.
  • This gluten free cookbook also gives you plenty of handy tips to take the stress out of cooking for your special dietary needs.
  • In addition to gluten-free, this cookbook notes what is dairy free, nut free, egg free, soy free, vegetarian or vegan.
  • Each recipe includes prep time, cook time, serving size, and creative serving suggestions.

by Rockridge Press

Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Baking Revolution Continues with 90 New, Delicious and Easy Recipes Made with Gluten-Free Flours

Features Include:

  • 90 delicious, entirely gluten-free bread recipes made from easy-to-find ingredients for gluten-free artisan bread.
  • In just five minutes a day of active preparation time, you can create delectable, gluten-free sandwich loaves, European Peasant Bread, 100% Whole Grain Loaves, French Baguettes, Crock Pot Bread, Caraway “Rye” Bread, Challah, and even fabulous dessert breads like Brioche, Doughnuts, and Sticky Pecan Caramel Rolls.
  • Revolutionary stored-dough method to yeasted and unleavened breads made without wheat, barley, or rye.

by Jeff Hertzberg M.D. and Zoë François

The Easy Gluten-Free Cookbook: Fast and Fuss-Free Recipes for Busy People on a Gluten-Free Diet

Features Include:

  • Quick and easy-to-prepare recipes designed to save you time by using minimal ingredients and kitchen equipment.
  • Gluten-Free Guidelines: Everything you need to know about how to prep and cook for your gluten-free lifestyle.
  • Recipes such as: Perfectly Fluffy Pancakes, Quick Drop Biscuits, Crispy Baked Chicken Fingers, Tuna-Stuffed Avocado Melts, Quesadilla Casserole, Cheesy Pizza Pasta Casserole, and Edible Cookie Dough.
  • Familiar Favorite Foods: Variations on the foods you want but can’t have that are just as flavorful and delicious as the originals.

by Lindsay Garza

What’s the first cookbook you used after diagnosis? Is there a gluten-free cookbook on your gift wish list? Share with the Hold the Gluten Community in the comments below! Interested in learning more about what grains contain gluten and which gluten-free alternative flours to use in your recipes? Check out this article!