The Key to Gluten-Free Shortcuts and Savings
By Nicole Hunn
Lifelong Books, $19.00, 240 pages
“If you’re not as confident cooking gluten-free as you’d like to be…know that you can, indeed, feed yourself and your family well, on time, and on budget.”
“Gluten-free cooking and baking should not be precious or out of reach.”
Let’s face it, buying ready-made, gluten-free (GF) foods is outrageously expensive, not to mention the intimidation factor of trying to cook and bake without gluten at home. In her book Gluten-Free On a Shoestring Quick & Easy, blogger and author Nicole Hunn is on a mission to save you time and money. “This cookbook,” she says, “is about shortcuts.” Every recipe has a time estimate—all under 40 minutes—and most have included “Shoestring Savings,” the cost to prepare from scratch versus store bought. The ingredients she uses are family-friendly, none are exotic, and the recipes are short, 1- to 2-pages. It isn’t intended to be your sole source for cooking. Other than chapters for Meatless Mondays and Weekday Workday Dinners, the majority of recipes focus on baking to make items GF-free folks miss most: breads, breakfast goodies, and desserts. This isn’t a pretty, coffee table cookbook; there’s only a half dozen ‘centerfold’ foodie photos. It is practical, including recommendations for D-I-Y and pre-made all-purpose GF flours (the author recommends Better Batter) and an entire chapter on ready-made mixes for cakes, pancakes, brownies and so on.
Reviewed by Val Mallinson