If you have a friend who is celiac, or maybe you are trying to go gluten-free yourself, getting started on that journey is tough. It's hard enough having to figure out what you can and can't eat at restaurants. But knowing how to recreate what you used to eat on the daily—like bread, pasta, cookies, and cake—can be downright overwhelming. It does not have to be, though. If you find yourself lost in the gluten-free world, this article is for you. The compiled list of all the best gluten-free cookbooks is your map to find your way. You'll find tons of recipes, all sans gluten of course, to help you transition into this new way of eating. Oh, and did we mention they are all totally delicious?
Even if you don't have to follow a gluten-free diet, and are simply interested in cutting down every once in a while or seeing how your body responds with it, these cookbooks will be your friend. You'll be able to make the best muffins, crusty breads, grain bowls, and so much more, all without gluten. A lot of these dishes might even trick the unsuspecting regular gluten eater!
Regardless of their individual reasons, everyone who goes on a gluten-free diet is hoping to accomplish just about the same thing: a healthier lifestyle. Here's a comprehensive cookbook starter kit to help you along your gluten-free journey. Let's get cooking!
Ever since it was released in 2015, Against the Grain has been a trusted source for gluten-free cooking. Author Nancy Cain took on the gluten-free life after her son was diagnosed with celiac, and she was determined to help others in the same situation.
Before Nancy Cain, there was Danielle Walker—after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, she too went all in on the GF life and hasn't stopped making best-selling cookbooks on the subject since. Against All Grain is a good place to enter Walker-land: There are shopping lists, ideas for leftovers, and good, basic recipes.
Not only are Alanna Taylor-Tobin's recipes gorgeous, but they're also manageable in a way many bakers' are not. As far as the whole gluten-free bit? The Joy of Cooking's authors say Alanna has "rescued gluten-free baking from the pasty, gritty clutches of white rice flour!"
Before you scoff at a cookbook from a reality star, you should know that Kristin Cavallari's collection is the #1 best-selling book in Amazon's sizable "low salt cooking" category. It's also been approved by gluten-free queen Danielle Walker, who calls Kristin's recipes "delicious, inventive, and exciting."
Nicole Hunn considers something that not enough other cooks and cookbook authors do: Dietary restrictions can get expensive. Her book provides tips and tricks on how to keep your shopping list as cost-effective as possible while sharing tons of recipe ideas.
What's interesting about chef Marco Canora's book is that he's not strict about sticking to a gluten-free diet himself, though he explains he does try to mostly adhere to it at home. Still, almost every recipe is packed with super foods, and designed to be delicious and filling.
Here's your next Danielle Walker book: Celebrations is a good place to go once you've graduated from Against All Grain.
Anna Vocino's goal is simple but gigantic: She wants to make your life healthier and happier. What else could one possibly want? (Okay, those zoodles on the cover, to start.)
If you long for all the recipes that are filled with gluten—like fresh bread, naan, cookies, donuts, cake, etc.—but can't have them for dietary reasons, then this is the cookbook for you. Author Becky Excell takes you through over 100 recipes that'll trick any reformed gluten lover out there.
All those who go gluten-free miss bread at some point or another: This book pre-empts that nostalgia with a whole bunch of new, straightforward, and unmistakably bread-y recipes.
There's of course some overlap among today's popular diets, and gluten-free and paleo are among them. The marriage of the two is presented in the cutest (and yummiest) way by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong in a book so fun you'd eat whatever they'd tell to you by the end.
Allison Day's Whole Bowls is an excellent introduction to both gluten-free and meat-free cooking, should those be lifestyles you're looking to take on simultaneously. Plus, who doesn't love a gigantic bowl of heavily dressed vegetables?