The Big Gluten Free Cookie Giveaway
The Big Book of Gluten Free Cooking is available via Amazon as of August 28, 2018.The Kindle version is available here! If you haven’t peeked on Amazon at the “Look Inside” feature, do it! You can see the first couple of chapters and they are filled with useful information that anyone on a gluten-free diet will find immediately helpful.
I LOVE what my friend, Whole30 Coach Jacob, said in his Instagram giveaway of my book earlier this week:
“Gigi’s The Big Book of Gluten Free Cooking is exactly what you need if you’re just getting started on your GF journey, have been GF for years, or are anywhere in between. This book isn’t just recipes; Gigi’s personal story through her celiac diagnosis is extremely relatable (“Is ketchup gluten free?” should be on a tee shirt!).”
Visit Amazon for lots of positive reviews!
Why I Wrote the Book on Gluten Free Cooking
When someone publishes a book, of course they want it to sell, but until you publish your own book, you don’t understand exactly why. It seems obvious: to sell books, to make money. But that’s not it at all.
As a recipe developer for people with special diets, I want my work to reach as many people as possible to make their lives better at every meal. That’s because I’ve been there. I was once newly diagnosed with celiac disease after 25 years of struggling to figure out what was wrong with my health. I had a series of TIAs and was told I had a 10% chance of surviving. My gluten-free diet saved my life. But even after my celiac diagnosis and going gluten-free, there was more. First, an allergic reaction to peanuts. Next was soy. Then came the tree nut allergy.
My goal with the recipes in the book was to have a wide range of variety without the content being too disconnected. For example, a lot of people asked me if the book would be all plant-based since I eat a largely plant-based diet, or all sugar-free, etc. Those are important recipe development areas for me, and there are indeed many plant-based recipes as well as no-sugar-added ones, but those are not the focus. For this book, the idea was to be broad and approachable for anyone who needs to eat gluten-free.
That meant including recipes that are:
- Low or no added sugar
- Inclusive of meat eaters
While keeping ALL recipes free from:
- Tree nuts (you know, coconut is NOT a tree nut – get the facts here)
What about Dairy and Eggs?
Because many of you, like me, are dairy-free, I made sure only a few recipes require dairy (eight total) and that most (75%) are already egg-free or can be easily adjusted.
While they are not marked, of the total 160 recipes, 77 are grain-free with options for low carb, Whole30 and paleo diets.
In short, my overarching desire when it comes to my work with food is that I want everyone to be able to easily prepare and eat foods they love. I want you to be proud to share the dishes you make with family and friends, regardless of whether they are on a special diet or not. I want food to be pleasurable, nourishing and easy for us all!
Health Conscious, but Dessert-Loving, Too!
Oh, and in addition to all the health-conscious recipes I included in the book, I made sure to add in some decadent sweet treats, too! Whether you save sugar for a special occasion or bake a treat every week, there’s something for you to love in the dessert chapters. That’s right – two dessert chapters. One is Cakes, Cookies and More and the other is Naturally Gluten-Free Desserts. Something for us all!
The GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. Thank you to all who entered and congrats to the winners!