I LOVE a good cookbook. Yes, I’m aware that this makes me sound like a grandma. But if we haven’t already establish my grandma tendencies around these parts, let me reintroduce myself. Hi, I’m Savvy and I go to bed before 9pm, wake up at 5am, love a good book and eat an early dinner daily. #grandmaforlife. And when it comes to cooking, I live for a good gluten free cookbook.
Now these days, there are SO many good gluten free recipes online. Some of my favorite bloggers have also made this list. But when I go looking for a gluten free recipe, I want meals that are easy to make, save me time or provide me with a recipe that I’ll use time and time again. This books fit that bill. So let’s get started friends. Snacks might be required for this one.
It’s been years since I picked up this gluten free cookbook by GP and it’s still one of my favorites. It’s also appeared in several blog posts because it’s that good. I like to think of this one as my staple recipe cookbook. Everything including how to roast a whole chicken in the oven, the perfect quinoa recipe, fried eggs with garlicky kale and the Thai chicken burger we make all the time came from this book. I will always remember being slightly confused by some of the food mentioned in this cookbook at the beginning of my wellness journey. So take heart if you find yourself feeling the same, you’re not alone. But I love this one so much I own a digital copy as well so I have it to reference if I’m cooking for friends when I travel. See? Obsessed.
When I really started to transition my diet to a paleo based lifestyle a few years back, I discovered Danielle. And as you can see by the numerous books that are on the list, she’s amazing. Against All Grain is the OG cookbook with some of my favorite “fancy” recipes that are actually quite simple. Crab and asparagus linguine, California chicken wraps and buffalo chicken salad are amongst my faves. Plus, she includes make ahead tips, pantry staples like taco seasoning and a basic guide to paleo grocery shopping.
I like to think of this as the gluten free cookbook I never knew I needed until I had it. You need chocolate paleo donuts in your life. You just don’t know it yet. Her crab & nori sheet wraps are a frequent lunch choice. And if you’re really just missing a comfort meal in your paleo life, I bet you can find a version in here. Like pop tarts. . . which I will be making as soon as I finish this post. 😂
In our house, this gluten free cookbook gets pulled out most often around the holidays. I’ve cooked Thanksgiving & Christmas from this gluten free cookbook for the last two years. It’s the best. Honestly, if the turkey wasn’t a 2 day event, I would make it more often. The brine recipe she uses makes it taste amazing. If you’re more of a year round holiday gal, Danielle has all the seasons covered. Her salmon quiche is also a regular breakfast choice in our house and is very easy to make. If you want to impress but have minimal cooking skills, this is a great one to keep in your collection.
Hi, yes. Have we mentioned how much I love my instant pot recently? Let me just say it again. I love it. I’m a big fan of batching my work/multi-tasking. Always. I’m a girl on the go and I need my life to work with me. So using my instant pot while baking something while also cooking meals on the stove is a regular in my house. Megan’s cookbook is the entire reason I bought an instant pot. It’s filled with tons of amazing, nutrient packed recipes that will help you enjoy eating healthy. If you have a picky eater, are a picky eater or maybe you just want to make healthy eating even easier in your life, I’d highly recommend this gluten free cookbook.
When Kelly’s first book came out, she offered a handful of recipes to go with her teachings. But with book two, she’s loaded them in. Everything from speedy lunch recipes to smoothies that will keep you energized for hours. One of the things I’ve learned as I’ve experimented with my diet more and more is how maintaining a lower amount of sugar per meal keeps my energy balanced. Kelly’s smoothies are a frequent breakfast choice for me. Plus, they are nutritionist approved!
One of my favorite things about using a cookbook written by someone outside of the US is that you get completely new food ideas. And with Madeleine’s book, you also get the advantage of having recipes that are in season. Not all of the recipes in this book are gluten free but she has an easy to follow system. You get recipes like homemade bread, greek salads and some simple oven dishes. In general, I tend to vibe more with those who approach healthy eating as something fun, easy and livable. And Madeleine’s recipes hit the mark.
As someone who spent several years invest in healing my hormones, Jessica’s story alone won me over. Her battle with endometriosis is sadly one that is far too common for women and yet not spoken about enough. One Part Plant is a vegan and gluten free cookbook with simple, delicious recipes that make wanting to eat more veggies fun. Her breakfast potato bowl is one of my go to recipes for any of my vegan friends whenever they need a brunch option. It’s easy and packed with loads of flavor. Definitely a staple choice in our house.
McKel’s blog turned full on wellness business was one of my first discoveries when I started my health journey. Her knowledge and ability to create tasty meals helped make being plant based and gluten free a lot easier. As far as I know, she’s only launched one cookbook. But it’s filled with nutrition backed meals that cover everything from immunity boosting to non-dairy milks to a creamy black rice risotto. If you’re really looking to up your health game, this is a great gluten free cookbook to add your collection.
I love when a cookbook is both resourceful and also has good recipes. The Love & Lemons Cookbook is almost like it’s own mini guide I go to when I need a random fruit/veggie question answered. Seriously, it’s built on the premise that you are looking for a specific ingredient rather than being divided into sections for breakfast, lunch and dinner. So handy, right?
For example, you’ll find everything from apple guacamole to apple crisps to apple slaw all in one section. For artichokes, you get an entire explanation of what the heck you even do to cook an artichoke because let’s be real, if it goes wrong, it hurts. Like one time mom tried to cook one and didn’t know that you snip the ends off. My dinner was literally stabbing me in the mouth.
I’m notorious for changing my mind mid week with what I want to eat which inevitably leaves spare ingredients chilling in the fridge. Thankfully, I can pull L&L out for some inspiration. Technically, this one isn’t a fully gluten free cookbook. But if you get options for swaps, I have no issues including it.
Do you have a favorite gluten free cookbook? Tell us in the comments below. For now, I’m off to the kitchen to make healthy pop tarts. Because they exist. And we all need them in our lives. Until next time. Xoxo, Savvy
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