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Deliciously G-Free ; a cookbook review & give away

February 22, 2012

A few weeks ago I received Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s new Gluten Free Cookbook, Deliciously G-Free.  I had heard a lot about it so I was eager to look through it went it arrived.

Deliciously G-Free

Hasselbeck recounts childhood memories focused around food and how much it was a part of their family get togethers. She also mentions how difficult it was when she was first diagnosed and her ‘Mama’ could not understand why Elisabeth  would not eat all the foods that she had lovingly prepared, so Elizabeth would eat it to make her ‘Mama’ happy, knowing how ill she would feel afterward.

As Hasselbeck points out, food brings people together.  She found her diagnosis meant she could not ‘enjoy sharing this social element with others’.  She wanted to make foods that everyone could enjoy; thus her reason for the writing the cookbook.

Many of the recipes are down to earth, basic foods that are perfect for the new gluten free cook. The recipes are easy to follow and the ingredients can be found in most grocery stores or health food stores. She also has a great section on dealing with sharing a kitchen and how to avoid cross contamination.

Hasselbeck also writes about what to stock in your gluten free kitchen and explains some of the different flours that are used in gluten free cooking. A favorite of mine is her page of mixes that can be used in several of her recipes; each one will make several batches so they are nice to have on hand. I also really liked  the addition of the helpful tips along side some of the recipes .


Here is a video of Elisabeth Hesselbeck  talking about  her new book.


In the book you will find  100 classic recipes with gorgeous, glossy photos showing some of the wonderfully prepared foods.

This is certainly a  book I would purchase to give to someone who has just started their gluten free cooking journey;  it is a wonderful family friendly  Gluten free resource.

Read the excerpt from Random House  here,

Would you like to win your own copy of Deliciously G-Free?

Enter the giveaway to win a copy of Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s Deliciously G-Free cookbook. The contest runs until March 15, 2012
To enter, please leave a comment – let me know why you would like to receive this book.



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    1. Celiac disease is a prlooy understood digestive disorder that affects both children and adults. It is an auto-immune disease that affects the small intestine, and is the result of an intolerance to gluten found in wheat, rye and barley and products derived from these grains. There are no drugs or a cure for this disease. Only a diet free of foods containing gluten is effective in living with the disease and avoiding the symptoms which make celiac disease so troubling.While there are a number of gluten-free cookbooks on the market, Donna Washburn and Heather Butt have elevated gluten-free (GF) cooking from relatively boring, excessively healthful recipes to delicious, easy to prepare recipes made from easily obtainable ingredients. The book is well laid out, with good, sensible information on the ingredients required for safe gluten-free eating. The illustrations are well-done and colourful, and accurately reflect how the dishes look when properly prepared. All the recipes we have tried have been successful and tasty, but several stand out as exceptional. These include ciabatta (p. 38) an excellent substitute for regular bread, without the pound-cake texture normally found in other GF breads; the batter fried fish (p. 59); and the chocolate chip cookies (p. 160).The equipment and ingredient glossaries provide useful tips and important information for making the recipes successfully. The common sense approach to what is a serious dietary problem for many children and adults alike truly helps to demystify some of the more prlooy understood aspects of this disease, and makes it less of a chore and a lot more fun to eat well without wheat and wheat-based products.

  1. I would love Elisabeth’s new book! My husband has Celiac so we are forever looking for tips and learning how other people navigate their gluten free way.

  2. I’d love to have a copy of this book as I think Elizabeth Hasselback has done such great things for Celiac awareness. As well, I would like to review and share with my readers who are always looking for new recipes!

  3. I saw Elisabeth doing a demo from her book. She makes it look so easy and simple, which fits perfectly with my lifestyle. It will be a good book for my husband and I who have been looking for ways to “re-create” the basic/classic dishes/food.

  4. I’d love a copy of the cookbook because- like you, I have heard GREAT reviews and I am EXCTIED to try some of the recipes!

  5. I have a very good friend who was recently diagnosed with a gluten allergy I would live to give this book too. She’s always looking for recipes that she can make and as ad a tough time finding books that a good,

  6. I am always on the lookout for great GF cookbook. My son, who is Autistic, follows a GF diet and the benefits are simply to far to number. There are always new recipes waiting to me made and this book looks like it is packed with them. Would love to add to my cookbook library!

  7. I want to win this cookbook because I have two very good friends that have been diagnosed as celiac & I want to be able to cook things, especially desserts, for them when they visit me!

  8. I would love to have this book. Like you, I have read a lot about it. I have been gluten free and dairy free for about 3 1/2 years but only started truly cooking gf and df last Christmas. I am addicted to cookbooks and have been looking for recipes that I can use in my daily life. I am sure this book will be able to help me to convert my kitchen to a gf and df zone! Thanks Rossana!

  9. I have been trying some gfree recipes and saw elisabeth on rachael ray – the recipes looked easy and family friendly. Thanks!

  10. Thank you all for stopping by and posting your comments! Great to see all your wonderful reasons for wanting this book. 🙂

  11. I would love to read this book…I’m new to eating GF and need all the help I can get…Thanks for giveaway! 🙂

  12. I am a celiac who is married to a foodie!!! Oh the agony of fancy salads and very little choice. I have heard this book gives lots of tips as well as recipes!

  13. I would love this book if it does what it says, I have a few cookbooks and tried so many GF foods. My family and friends have tried many things for and with me, I have only found a few to which are as good as gluten variety.If I could find a book that was easy and allowed everyone to eat the same without noticing anything missing, I may need more than one book… but worth the price if it delivers. When is this book going to be available in Canada?

  14. I have been gluten free for a while, but still not very good at cooking gluten free. I would love some inspiration and ideas on how to do a better job.

  15. I would very much like to lessen the time my husband and I spend on the golden throne, also known as the toilet. One Celiac is tough, but 2 is really a whole other thing. I’ve lost one too many of our need to shit sprints. Thank you.

  16. I would like the book because I have Celiac disease, and I MUST live gluten free for the rest of my life. Good recipes would really help!

  17. Thank you to all that entered the giveaway, Bonnie has won the book! I will email you to get your information!
    Prize winner [comment #7] was drawn by random draw with
    Look for another great Gluten free cookbook giveaway shortly! 🙂

  18. I have recently been diagnosed with Celiac Disease and am finding it very difficult to eat out or cook for myself, having been raised in a similar household to Elisabeth’s. Food is the center of all family occassions and I would love to be able to introduce my family to something tasty and delicious while being gluten-friendly for people like me. It took years to figure out what the problem was, I am hoping it won’t take the same to find a decent way to still enjoy a family favorite, eating!

  19. I would love a copy of this book to figure out why I still feel so sick! I know there are hidden sources of gluten, but I just do not feel any better 8 months after being diagnosed.

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