The Gluten-Free Good Health Cookbook
- Author: Annalise G. Roberts & Claudia Pillow
- Paperback: 299 pages
- Publisher: Surry Books (2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1-57284-105-5
- SMRP: $18.95
Because of possible tie-ins between gluten and health, I chose to review The Gluten-Free Good Health Cookbook. Its subtitle is The Delicious Way to Strengthen Your Immune System and Neutralize Inflammation.
I myself have had several gluten-free store bought products. The cereals, breads, and pasta I have sampled wouldn’t win any cooking contests. They taste different because their flavor and texture is different. Maybe some gluten-free home cooking ideas could improve the situation.
Foreword: ALERT – 30 million people in the U. S. A. suffer from gluten intolerance.
Introduction: WARNING – The medical profession treats symptoms not underlying causes.
The Short List (Chapters 1-4) is Understanding the Gluten-Free Good Health Diet. Some bits of information I found of interest include:
- 2 out of 3 adults and 1 in 6 kids are obese.
- Half of our calories come from refined wheat and sugars.
- Diet, hormones, and stress trigger inflammation.
- Artificial sweeteners affect hormonal levels and ineffective calorie burning.
Recipe Interlude (Chapters 5-9) included sauces and gravies; soups, chowders, chilis; vegetables and side dishes; grains; and fish and seafood. Its tips on Creating Your Own Convenience Foods were simple, economical, and time saving. I appreciated the section roasting, grilling, steaming and sauteing vegetables and recipe ideas for butternut squash gratin tomato, mozzarella, and grilled red onion salad. It linked chronic inflammation to grain and suggested getting fiber from vegetables, fruits and nuts, and whole grains. I even decided to try the recipe for Basic Roasted Fish Fillet.
Poultry and Meat Interlude (chapters 10-12) helped me understand terminology like grass vs grain-fed, organic, natural, and free range. I plan to try the recipes for chicken parmesan, turkey cutlet scaloppini, slow-braised pulled pork, strawberries drizzled with chocolate, caramelized grilled pineapple similar to ones I currently make.
Appendix A: Why Is Wheat Unhealthy? It contains gluten and can spike the body’s insulin.
Appendix B: Food Sensitivity–Problems include allergy, intolerance, both celiac and non-celiac genetic autoimmune disease.
Appendix C: How Does Gluten Sensitivity Increase Your Risk for Obesity? It changes blood cells.
Appendix D: Understanding Your Immune System: Diet, physical activity, toxins and stress, and genetics all affect it.
Appendix E: Understanding pH: Acidity (which can be neutralized by fresh lemon juice) causes medical problems.
Appendix F: Gluten-Free Baking: author tells about legal non-gluten all-purpose flour and bread flower, measurement, purchase and storage.
I recommend anyone concerned about a gluten diet consider reading this book. Its 140 recipes cover an entire meal course by course. Alas, The Gluten-Free Good Health Cookbook has no pictures! Personally, I appreciate color visuals in cookbooks. Its material explaining how to improve health and energy is understandable if somewhat repetitious. Its sauces and gravies section as a cornerstone to good menus excels.
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