Friday, May 6, 2011

Must-Have Cookbooks

My Favorite Cookbooks:
Gluten-Free, Grain Free & Sugar Free

The following cookbooks are my top picks for my food library. The selection of cook books for people on the SCD or GAPS diets continues to grow.  When I began the diet I found it hard to search for appropriate cookbooks.  Some were gluten free, some were sugar free, some were grain free, but I was looking for cookbooks with all three qualifiers.  It's taken me some time to build my collection.  Making this diet work for me means only trying new recipes every once in a while so that I don't stress out or get overwhelmed.  It's taken me some months just to go through these few cook books.

I really value these books because of their useful health information as well as their variety of recipes.  It can be frustrating some times to always come up with meals free of carbs and pre-made ingredients.  I mean come on, who wouldn't get tired of frozen green beans and pasta sauce! These books encourage me to follow through with the diet.  Even as I'm writing this post I've added three more books to my amazon wish list.

Breaking the Viscious Cycle: Instestinal Health Through Diet by Elaine Gottschall
  • An intro to the SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) with basic but necessary recipes at the back of the book.  I've read it so much that the pages have fallen out. 
  • This is not necessarily a gluten-free cook book.  Some recipes call for vinegar, alcohols and extracts that people on a gluten-free diet would need to confirm safe before using.  For example, the maple syrup sauce uses maple syrup extract- which some times contains malted barley extract as a sweetener and is not gluten free. 
Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet by Raman Prasad
  • This is a fabulous cookbook!  These recipes are interesting, full of variety and complex flavors and are inspired by worldly foods.  When you tire of frozen green beans and pasta sauce, read this! 
Gut and Psychology Syndrome and Internal Bliss-GAPS Cookbook (2 Books)
  • Similar to Breaking the Viscious Cycle, these books explain the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) diet and have a separate cook book for GAPS recipes.  Useful! 
The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook by Elana Amsterdam and she just came out with a brand new cookbook! Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made with Almond and Coconut Flour.
  • I've said it before, but I credit Elana's Pantry for the confidence and know-how in changing to a grain and sugar free diet- in addition to eating gluten free.  Her almond flour cook book is full of tasty recipes and her cupcakes book is a must-have!
  • Just to clarify, Elana prefers agave nectar for its low glycemic index properties, and I simply switch it with honey in her recipes.  Some times her recipes call for SCD and GAPS "illegal" thickeners like agar agar, so I just try the recipes without those ingredients. 
Finally, Lucy's Kitchen Shop has an SCD cookbooks page.  There are some here that I have not listed, and actually had not heard of them until researching for this post.  I can't wait to try them! 

In addition to building up my SCD and GAPS cookbook library, I also make it a point to support other people baking gluten free:

Blackbird Bakery makes my knees weak.  The quality of the book is the best I've seen- it's sold at Anthropologie, which explains everything.  The recipes are better than any other gluten free cookbook, I guarantee it.  All are gluten free, but she does use grains and sugar.  I can't wait to modify some of these to make them grain and sugar free! 

Flying Apron's Gluten-Free and Vegan Baking Book is a wonderful idea.  Their bakery in Seattle, WA looks like a place I'd like to work!  Not only are they solely gluten free and vegan in the whole bakery (unheard of!) but they support the arts as well. 

BabyCakesNYC is so freakin' cute.  They have a new book out, BabyCakes Covers the Classics: Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes from Donuts to Snickerdoodles. I can't believe I haven't been there!  In my defense, I don't visit New York that often.  I'll be going this summer for a Yoga and Gluten Free Seminar that I'll be co-teaching (yay!) and I will have to visit babycakes. 

1 comment:

Karen said...

Thanks so much for the lovely write up, Mollie! I'm so happy to find your site and would love to help with any modifications you want to make to my recipes!