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Luxury Living: a Gluten & Lactose-Free Cookbook Review

Luxury Living: a Gluten & Lactose-  Free Cookbook Review
By Lindsey Goebel

For those sCookbook3earching for that balance of healthy, easy meals that are actually enjoyable (that’s all of us, right?), we have a new solution for you. Check out “Living Luxe Gluten Free,” a new recipe book by Michelle Lee. Lee draws on her Manhattan Beach, California roots to produce new, innovative recipes, which are free of gluten and lactose, but still full of flavor. Additionally, the author provides easy to read labels noting when recipes are paleo, low sodium, vegan and/or vegetarian. Each recipe outlines the level of effort, the approximate required “active prep” time, as well as the suggested wine pairing (perhaps the most important part).

The straight forward direction in this cookbook allowed us to try out a couple new recipes for a recent cocktail party, including the spinach artichoke dip (pictured). Rarely do we make a new dish when entertaining, but this recipe looked so easy and as expected, delivered as a crowd-pleaser.

Some of the sweet and savory dishes were also a hit among friends and family. Try out the French toast and oatmeal cookies (both pictured) for days where you have a sweet tooth.

We also expCookbook2erimented with some healthier options for regular “during the week” meals, including the chicken tortilla soup (pictured) and the lemon and garlic spiced chicken. While the soup seemed spicy enough to clear your sinuses, we are convinced the over-spicing was user error.

Lee began developing these recipes years ago when her husband developed a sensitivity to gluten and lactose. Many of the flavors created from these recipes were inspired by the couple’s travels to Cookbook3 (2)Europe and Asia, such as the Espinacas con Garbanzos and the Iberian Salmon Pasta. Others are plain old good American tastes to be enjoyed casually at a tailgate or with the kids.

There are more than 110 recipes for you and your family to try out. The cookbook was released last month and can be purchased for $30 on Amazon.com. To learn more, go to livingluxeglutenfree.com.

Disclaimer: A copy of the book was provided free of charge to the DCMCO for the purposes of this review.

Gluten-Free Jet Set’s Gluten Free Around the World project

We’ve all been there: on a trip away from home, with no idea where to find something safe to eat. For all of us struggling to eat gluten-free while traveling, get ready for the next trip to be a little easier. Anna Sonnenberg, who spoke on the DCMCO panel on traveling gluten-free last March, has just introduced a worldwide gluten-free travel guide. Over the next year, she’ll travel extensively to research and write a comprehensive guide to surviving gluten-free in major destinations around the world.

While this guide is for the over 40 million people who eat gluten-free for a variety of reasons, Anna is writing it from the perspective of a celiac. She knows firsthand how difficult, time consuming, and unhealthy travel can be for gluten-free eaters. And she’s determined to change that.

An avid traveler, writer, and food lover, Anna has flown around the world and back, all while eating gluten-free. She has extensive experience with every step of the process, from research to planning to communicating dietary needs with restaurant and hospitality staff in a variety of countries. Since the travel process itself can be the most challenging for gluten-free travelers, Anna will focus a section of the guide on airline special meals, safe train station options, and healthy ways to navigate a hotel offerings.

Anna and her Gluten-Free Jet Set team are crowdfunding this travel guide via IndieGoGo through October 5th. Visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gluten-free-around-the-world-travel-guide and click through to read more about the project’s goals, how much it will benefit you, your family, and your friends, and how you can help fund it (while pre-ordering a guide and claiming other perks for yourself)!

The DCMCO wishes Anna the best of luck with her project – we can’t wait to read the final product!

Cookbook Review – Gluten-Free on a Shoestring: 125 Easy Recipes for Eating Well on the Cheap – By Nicole Hunn

By Alyson Pignone

Simple, budget friendly gluten-free meals…sign me up! Nicole incorporates her own relationship to just about every recipe and finishes with the dollar amount in saEnglish Muffinvings.   There is something for everyone as she includes a wide variety of vegan and yeast free options. Breakfast brings Cinnamon Buns, Protein Bars, Quiche and Doughnuts, yes doughnuts! Like many cookbooks, the Bread chapter includes the staple muffin, sandwich bread and pizza dough recipes, but Nicole kicks it up a notch and offers ‘Saltine-Style Crackers’, English Muffins, Pita Bread, Puff Pastry and Flour Tortillas.

I was most excited to get to the dinner recipes which includes lots of wallet-friendly vegetarian meals like Veggie Burgers (.92 each) and Baked Falafel (.72 per serving). But, fear not, my carnivore friends, Nicole has also included Beef Taquitos, Chicken Pot Pie and Sausage Meatballs. And don’t forget dessert. There are Cheesecake Cookies, Chocolate Eclairs and ‘Ho-Ho Style Cake’! But the big finale is Chapter 8 ‘Make-Your-Own Mixes’, where is where we see a significant savings. Make your own Vanilla Cake mix costs as little as $2.33! She has Paleo-Oreos-with-7-minute-fillingeverything in this chapter, Pancake and Waffle Mix, Brownie Mix, Sugar Cookie Mix, Muffin Mix, even Scone Mix! Stayed tuned for the next newsletter where I will report back on my attempt to make some of Nicole’s recipes, I’m looking forward to the ‘Twinkie Style Cupcakes’!