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Gluten Free Recipe Book Review

Updated on August 29, 2014

The Book I Am Reviewing Is On Amazon!

The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Fast and Healthy: Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free with Less Fuss and Less Fat
The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Fast and Healthy: Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free with Less Fuss and Less Fat

This is the third book Bette Hagman published. I haven't seen the other two, but, I'm going to find them as soon as possible. This one alone has numerous ideas, bulk flour recipes (three or four different kinds for different recipes) so you can make a bulk flour mix ahead of time and then create the recipes she provides later.

 

I've Been Gradually Gluten Free Until Six Months Ago

When I discovered I needed to eat gluten free foods I started approaching it gradually. I would buy things that didn't say ''gluten free'' on the package thinking 'this must be since it is oats' for example. I discovered, thanks to my daughter, gluten free labels are a must and I must go 100% gluten free to stop the problematic and painful symptoms of Celiac Disease.

I am so delighted to find this book. The author has written two additional books before she wrote this one. The series focuses on gourmet recipes for gluten free diets. She also has substitution options for vegetarian and dairy free diets.

The sections on breads, cakes, and desserts, is astonishing. I wanted to start shopping for ingredients right away. She provides step-by-step ideas for using machines (bread machine or large mixers) as well as making recipes by hand.

It is obvious she has many years experience and is sharing a lot of details I didn't think of before.


If Not Processed With Gluten Free Products

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Gluten Free Foods  
Might Be Gluten Free  
Never Gluten Free  
Fruits and Vegetables Raw
Check All Labels
Barley
Nuts
Corn
Wheat
Tapioca Flour
Rice
 
Be sure the label says ''gluten free'' or you may buy products which have been processed or grown with gluten items.

I Thought Gradual Gluten Free Was Enough

Over the years since 2010 when I first discovered I needed to find a new meal plan I didn't really take the time to do the research and find out enough about my intolerance to gluten. I've since discovered when I avoid all gluten I have less flare-ups and have longer remission. In fact, I believe the few flare-ups I have had can be directly a result of having gluten unaware.

There are many recipes which have small amounts of wheat products in them which unless I take the time to do all of the research I will miss.

Which is another reason why I am recommending this book. By reading each of the recipes and becoming familiar with the substitutions (compared to traditional recipes) I am learning more about the hidden gluten in foods I wouldn't have considered to watch out for.


By the Author of Gluten Free Gourmet

the Book Cover For "The Gluten Free Gourmet Cooks Fast and Healthy : Wheat-free and gluten free with less fuss and less fat"
the Book Cover For "The Gluten Free Gourmet Cooks Fast and Healthy : Wheat-free and gluten free with less fuss and less fat" | Source

There Are Two Page Screenshots...

Below is one of two table of contents screenshots I wanted to show you so you have a better idea how many sections are dedicated to the recipes most of us have surrendered to never enjoy again.

I was so amazed by the first page with cakes, breads, pies, cookies, pastries, and then another section for desserts, I would have bought this book just for those recipes. But you'll see she didn't stop there. As you scroll down to the second page of contents you then see where I began to learn a lot more about the source of gluten.

Page One Table of Contents

Book Table Of Contents
Book Table Of Contents | Source

Do You Or Anyone You Know Have A Gluten Free Meal Plan?

Which answer best describes you?

See results

More Recipes Than I Thought Possible!

To simplify, I have avoided breads, cakes, desserts, and breaded foods. Which honestly is not as easy to do. The cook book seemed like a step back into the bakery. With pages of recipes for some of the most delicious sounding treats!

Here are a few of my favorites I have on my list to try first.

  • No Bake Granola Bars
  • Light Lemon Cheese Cake
  • Biscuit Mix
  • Hand Mixing Breads
  • Cinnamon Raisin Nut Bread

As you can see, these are going to be treats I haven't had in awhile, and the first things I make from this book.


As You Scroll The Second Page...

This is the second page of the table of contents. I was surprised to see condiments, soups, and even bean dishes, until I started reading the recipes. I didn't put the pieces together until I saw just how many recipes are including ingredients which affect my flare-ups.

Now I can find out what to make, how to make it myself, and keep track much better without having to simply avoid things that do or might have gluten in them.

Until someone tells us we can not have certain things (bread for example) I didn't realize how much of something was in my diet. Pastas and breads have been missed the most. Now I can make my own gluten free pasta at home and enjoy the dishes I have gone without for so long.

I'm grateful to Bette Hagman for her diligence in this topic. She was diagnosed and determined not to settle for a boring meal plan. She worked hard, studied, tested, and has been so dedicated she has three books published beginning with her first recipe book in 1990, the sequel in 1993, the first fast and healthy versions in 1996, and the revision (as shown above) in 2000.

I would love to own the whole set one day.

Page Two Table of Contents

Book Table of Contents 2
Book Table of Contents 2 | Source

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    Judy, That is awesome! Thanks again for the update. My mind is at ease now. :-) We'll get through this! I appreciate you letting me know how it is going. Deb

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    Judy Filarecki 3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

    I got a few transferred today. The one thing found out is that images that are not showing because they were put in with html are really there. They are just hidden until you go in and edit and unclick the don't show button. That sure makes it easier than reentering all the pictures. Hope yours comes soon.'Judy

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    Hi, Judy.

    That sounds like progress! Thank you for the update. I still haven't seen any lenses coming into my account on HP. I'll keep watching. I might have time to start a new hub while I'm waiting.

    Deb

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    Judy Filarecki 3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

    Hi Deb,

    I switched to IE from Firefox and the ads show up perfectly. I think I have to clear my cache in firefox to correct the problem. The only html files for me that didn't transfer were pictures. Have a great day. I'll say a pray for both of us also.

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    Hello, Judy. I am glad to hear you have your lenses now! There may be answers to how the Amazon module is converting to hubs in the forum.

    I thought HTML would transfer from lens to hub, but, if not then I'll have a lot of things to piece back together because I did a lot of coded pages there.

    Thanks again. I pray this is a smooth transition for all of us.

    Deb

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    Judy Filarecki 3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

    I've just finished converting the Gluten Free cookbook Reviews, but it is not showing any of the Amazon link on the discussion of the Book. I'm not sure why, but maybe it takes some time for them to review them first. I'm going to check on it and see if it comes up through squidoo still. I can't wait until I get this all reorganized. the hardest part is that most of the pictures I imbedded with html did not transfer so I'm having to do that all over on each individual ones. "Lord, give me patience. Amen." Hope you transfer goes easily. Judy

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    Hello, Judy! That is fabulous! I'm glad you mentioned your Squidoo journey/gluten free journey. I'm looking forward to seeing your imported hubs and mine soon. I'll be sure to link to yours when they are related to mine. I have a few gluten free stories to tell. I have at least one other gluten free topic being transferred over. Bless You! Thank you for dropping by. Deb

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    Judy Filarecki 3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

    Glad to see you here. I was the gluten free contributor at Squidoo and have recipes and recommended cookbooks along with a journal of my journey over the past 20 month gluten free. I'm still waiting to get transferred to HubPages but hopefully soon.

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    I've added another Hub link to "Where I Find Gluten Free Information On HubPages" section. I found it today. ''Your Autistic Child May Be Gluten Intolerant--and More'' by Hubber @proactiveparents -- Jinni Bradfield

    "Researchers have found a definite link between Autistic behavior in children and being gluten and dairy intolerant." I hope you visit and tell me what you thought of it.

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    Hello Fay! Thank you. I hope it is helpful. Blessings, Deb

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    Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

    Sorry I couldn't answer your poll. I'm not on this type of food plan (but after reading this it wouldn't hurt), but my sister is. She has a hard time eating out which she does often due to traveling. I'm going to share this with her.

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    Thank you, RTalloni! I found your pinterest board. And followed you on HubPages. Great to connect with you. Thanks again for dropping by. I appreciate the share. Deb

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    RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

    Thanks much for highlighting this gluten free cookbook for us! Am linking it to one of my favorite GF recipes and on Pinterest board.

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    Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

    Hi Sherry! I think I saw your daughter's recipe. I'll go check to make sure. Thanks so much for dropping by. I think I can link to your hub from this page. I'll check.

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    Ibidii 3 years ago

    My daughter is gluten free and my first hub is about one of her several recipes. More to be published! It sounds like a great cookbook!