In addition to blogs, a few of which I’ve listed in my sidebar, the internet hosts a wealth of knowledge to be found on the subject of gluten-free food, cooking, and life.
Livestrong has a staggering number of articles included in their gluten-free diet section, a number of which I’ve come across on my many Google searches.
Gluten Freely is a fantastic site I stumbled upon early in my research. It is a huge recipe source that incorporates widely available commercial ingredients, such as Chex cereal, Gluten-Free Bisquick, and Gluten-Free Betty Crocker mixes. In addition to the recipes, you can buy products online, read blogs and articles, and find all kinds of other information. I visit this site frequently and have already tried a number of their recipes with great success.
MyGlutenFacts is an amazing resource. It’s a huge database of gluten-free grocery items. It even goes so far as to indicate whether the product was prepared in a dedicated gluten-free facility, on a dedicated gluten-free production line, or on a cleaned production line. You can search by the different ratings, by brand, and by food category. Aside from that, there are recipes, timely articles and videos, and lots of other information. The only thing they ask is that you create a free account. Yes, free!
Better Batter is a wonderful brand of gluten-free flour and baking mixes. They can be found at specialty food stores across the United States, but if you cannot find it in a local store, you can order them online through their website. The creator of the company, Naomi, also frequently posts recipes and other fun stuff. When I saw her at the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo, she told me that Better Batter also offers mentoring.
Celiac.com’s Celiac Disease & Gluten-Free Forum is a great place to find the answers to your gluten-free questions. Mostly, I use this site to find out whether a certain food or beauty product I’m unsure about is gluten-free. Members often post email conversations or transcriptions of telephone conversations they’ve had with the company to answer whether or not their product is gluten-free.
Celiac.com has two great lists: one of ingredients that are safe to eat on a gluten-free diet, and another of ingredients that are unsafe to eat on a gluten-free diet. If you’re anything like me, your relatives and friends will appreciate having these lists on hand instead of having to keep asking you, “Wait, can you eat this? Can you eat that?” They’re also great cheat sheets for your own use.
Gluten Free Drugs is a website maintained by a clinical pharmacist that lists information about medications and whether or not they are gluten-free. If you take any prescription medications like I do, or even over-the-counter medications ocassionally, check out this site to make sure it’s gluten-free.
Good Old-Fashioned Resources (aka books!)
Easy Gluten-Free Baking and How to Cook Gluten-Free by Elizabeth Barbone are two essential resources in my kitchen. In the baking book, there are recipes for anything you could possibly imagine, from pancakes and muffins to cakes and cookies. And bread. Sweet, magnificent bread. Her other book is an excellent guide to the essentials of everyday gluten-free cooking, such as no-rise pizza dough, pasta dishes, and lots of other delicious eats. One thing I like is that the author does not use a flour blend for her recipes, rather she specifies the amounts of each type of flour for each recipe. She tests her recipes many, many times before publishing them so you know they’re perfect. I’ve made a few things from these cookbooks already, and trust me, if you buy only two gluten-free cookbooks, buy these two.
Gluten-Free Cooking for Dummies by Danna Korn and Connie Sarros is one of the books I checked out from the library right after my diagnosis. It’s extremely informative and it’s written in a casual way, so it feels like your friend is talking to you. This book includes recipes for homemade flour blends, and then the recipes incorporate those flour blends. I don’t find that this method works for me in general, but for a beginner, it would definitely be a good place to start.
Gluten-Free Girl: How I Found the Food That Loves Me Back…And How You Can Too by Shauna James Ahern is a great memoir by one of the most well-known and respected people in the gluten-free world. This book was the first thing I started reading after my diagnosis. The author is a true foodie who speaks about food in such a loving and delectable way that you can almost taste what you’re reading. The success she has had is a true inspiration to anyone on a gluten-free diet, and even for people who just love food. Also check out her amazing blog.
Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef is a gorgeous and elegant cookbook written by Shauna James Ahern and her Husband Daniel Ahern (who’s a professional chef, by the way). I got this book for Christmas a month and a half after I was diagnosed – what a great gift idea for someone on a gluten-free diet! This cookbook is filled with high-end, restaurant-worthy recipes that look incredibly yummy and are sure to impress. It’s a great resource for meals to serve while entertaining and for special ocassions.
Gluten-Free on a Shoestring by Nicole Hunn is a cookbook written by another blogger that focuses on the money-saving aspect of a gluten-free diet. She has lots of great ideas in this cookbook that are great for a beginner to start with. All her recipes call for premade flour blends. She usually uses Better Batter as her go-to blend, so keep in mind that if you use a different trusty brand, your recipe might not turn out quite as successful – I’ve had to do some experimentation with her recipes. Also check out her wonderful blog. This lady is a hoot!