August 19, 2010


Gluten-Free Cookbook Review & Giveaway

100 Best GF Recipes One of my favorite gluten-free cookbook authors is Carol Fenster.  I own several of her cookbooks and a few of my very favorite recipes come from those books, or were adapted from one of her recipes.  That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to review her newest cookbook,100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes.

The Book

With the exception of five new ones, the recipes in this book are taken from her book 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes.  The cookbook title says it all.  These are 100 of her best recipes and it is put into a compact affordable book with 30 beautiful color photos.  It’s a very nicely done color cookbook with the ingredients listed in red.  It also features icons next to recipes that are vegetarian, kids favorites, and quick to make.

Another feature I really like in a cookbook is variations on a recipe.  Many recipes in this book have a highlighted box at the end with a variation of the recipe.  The front of this cookbook has useful gluten-free information, Carol’s sorghum flour blend, and a description of gluten-free flours.  A couple of special features are a list of gluten-free, dairy-free brands for specific ingredients, and a list of menus that combine some of the recipes in the book to make a themed meal such as Elegant Dinner Party, Southwestern, or Weekend Brunch.

My Experience

Carol's soft pretzels Before doing this review I made a couple of the recipes that I hadn’t made before.  The first was soft pretzels.  They are something I miss at times, especially when I’m walking past an Auntie Anne’s Pretzel shop.  I have to admit, that I was disappointed in the result as a pretzel.  I did, however, think they make a good bread stick.  They just didn’t taste like pretzels to me. I even tried brushing butter on top. 

chive flatbreadThe second recipe I tried was Fresh Chive Flatbread with Dipping Oil.  I goofed a little by adding all of the olive oil to the dough, rather than saving 1 Tablespoon for sprinkling on top.  The dough ended up very thin and wet, and the bread was definitely flat and rather heavy.  Next time I will use the right amount of olive oil and hold back a little of the liquid.  It tasted good though, especially with fresh rosemary in the bread and chives on top.  I served it with the dipping oil as a side at dinner and everyone liked it.

The Giveaway!

I am offering one copy of 100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes to one winner.  You must be a US or Canadian resident to enter.  There are several ways to enter, but you must leave a separate comment for each entry.  Also, be sure I have a way to contact you.  The giveaway will end next Wednesday, August 25th at 11:00 p.m. eastern time.  Here’s how to enter:
There are five possible ways to enter, and you must leave a separate comment for each.  If you receive this post via email, please do not send me an email.  You must click over to the blog and leave a comment.

Disclaimer:  I was sent a free copy of 100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes, but the opinions in this post are my own.

This giveaway is now closed.

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I have just started eating gluten-free, so the cookbook would be a welcome addition to my kitchen!
Hi Linda, I retweeted your tweet about this giveaway.

Sounds like a good book. :)
I follow you on twitter. :o)
I have never tried any of Carol's recipes.........but I would love to!
I follow you on FB and I've never tried any of Carol's recipes. I feed my sweet hubby who is now gluten-free.
I subscribe to your blog. Love it!
I've tried a few of her recipes. I have the 1000 recipe version. It's sooo huge! It's amazing just as a regular cookbook as well with naturally gluten free recipes and things we don't think about like common steak, bbq, adobo sauces or spice mixes etc.
I have never tried her recipes but I would love to put the cookbook to good use!
I have tried some of her muffin recipes (banana, etc.) when I borrowed the 1,000 recipes book from the library. I'd love to own one of her books!
I liked you on facebook
I subscribe to your rss feed. =0)
I like you on facebook.
I have not tried one of her recipes. My niece has celiac and is learning to cook - this book would be great for her!
Thanks for hosting a giveaway!
I have not tried any of Carol's recipes but I love the section for breakfast, breads and muffin. I would try those first.

I subscribe via email.
I am a FB fan (like)
I follow in twitter.
Just saw this on my RSS feed. Love your blog!

TK Kenyon
Most recently, I tried her flour tortilla recipe.

I follow via RSS.

I have never tried any of Carol's recipes...but I'm always looking for more recipes. :)
I am a facebook fan.
I follow via RSS
Carol's pizza crust is amazing. I look forward to trying more of her recipes. I'm a little lazy about using all the different flours though, and often substitute my basic GF mix (Bette Hagman's featherlite mix). Thanks for the review.

"Doesn't Taste Gluten Free" on FB
I haven't tried any of her recipes. This is the first I've heard about her book. But now that I have 3, possibly 4 or 5 in my family with Celiac, I'm always looking for new recipes.
I follow you on twitter( my username is punkykittie) and retweeted, subscribe via email, and like you on FB and left a comment on the FB post. I would love to try this book. I've been GF for about a year now and Im always looking for good recipes :)
I would love to win this cookbook for my GF 5 year old. I haven't tried any of Carol Fenster's recipes, but it's time for my little girl to have some wonderful foods made just for her. She's always having to leave the good stuff out.
i follow you on twitter
Thanks Bev
I follow you on Facebook snd love your post.
Thanks Bev
I haven't tried any of these recipes but I am always looking for new good gluten free recipes!
I am a fan on Facebook!
My boys and me are just recently Gluten-free it would definately help to have a cookbook!
I am a new follower of yours on Twitter!
I follow you on Facebook.
I get your e-mails. Thanks for all the good information!
Just subscribed to your feed (= Hoping to win the cookbook for my sweet kid!
Tweeted about the giveaway!
I like you on Facebook. I haven't tried her recipes but if I'm not lucky enough to win your drawing, I will definitely check out her books.
Oh, my contact info:
Around 6 or 7 years ago I borrowed a friend's copy of Carol Fenster's book to try some of her recipes. The ones I tried were mostly breads, which were okay, but I soon began cutting back on my carbs, so I lost track of those recipes. I have her book on my "must buy next" list!
Just tweeted this: Check out the @gfhomemaker cookbook giveaway - Carol Fenster's 100 Best #GF Recipes #gfree #glutenfree
I do already follow you on Twitter ;-)
Yes, I do already "like" you on Facebook! Lots! :-0
I follow your feed! ;-)
I just 'liked' you on FB, though I thought I was already following you. LOL. Glad i am now!
Thanks, Linda, for so many good ideas that I've gotten from having subscribed to your blog. You're inspiring! :=)
I'm a twitter follower!
I haven't tried any of Carol's recipes but would love too!
I'm already a subscriber!
I have never tried any of Carol's recipes but did met her last year at the Denver CSA Vendor Fair, and again at a Denver CSA Meeting. She is a great gal, very down to earth and humble. Thanks for running the contest!

I've not tried her recipes but your review makes it sound great!
Have not had the opportunity to try her recipes, but would love to!
I already like you on Facebook and subscribe to your blog on my email. Would love the recipe book.

I got my email wrong in the previous anonymous comment. I love your facebook site and my email subscription.
I have not tried them, but would love to!
Twitter follower duckybunny
FB fan sarah linette
Google reader subscriber
I haven't tried any of Carol's recipe..but I can't wait to try some!
just liked you on fb!
Okay, got you now! On twitter and facebook.
i haven't found many gf cookbooks containing recipes my family and i really like so i'd sure love to give this one a try. i get tired of cooking the same tried and true meals. :)
I "liked" you on FB
I have tried adaptations of her recipes from various gf bloggers, always with good results!
Never tried any of these but would love to!!! Kayla Spicer
I have not tried any of her recipes, but I have a three year old who just started going gf in May. I love to cook and try new recipes, and I would love to try them. This would be an amazing gift for our whole family!!
I like you on FB! I definitely need to learn more recipes, I miss baking the most!
Count me in on this give-away! I'm always looking for new (and proven) gf recipes. I didn't know about this author before this post.
No, I hadn't tried any of the recipes, but I'm anxious to give them a go! Two of my sons have autism, and they do much better without gluten. No allergies present. The problem? I'm cooking for six, and the rest of us are fine with it. Some of us (especially hub) prefer the normal stuff. We can't afford to make two meals timewise, energywise, or financially. I'd love to find more recipes that may please everyone while benefitting my two sons!
I'm a RSS subscriber to your blog!
I love Carol's recipes, and keep a supply of her sorghum mix on hand at all times. She's got some great cookie recioes, and I'm a huge fan of the sun-dried tomato and kalamata focaccia. Soooo good! This book sounds awesome!
I love Carol's recipes, and keep a supply of her sorghum mix on hand at all times. She's got some great cookie recioes, and I'm a huge fan of the sun-dried tomato and kalamata focaccia. Soooo good! This book sounds awesome!
Also follow the blog :)
I would love to try her recipes!
I have not tried her recipes but would love to!
love your blog! Just liked you on facebook as well :)
My husband has to eat gluten free and I would love to try the recipes in this book.
I have never tried any of Carol's recipes but now I'm reading PP's kalamata focaccia comment and I must try it!!!
I already subscribe to your blog and I love it. I appreciate all of your knowledge as I am sort of new and so I'm learning.
Thanks again.
I want to get a copy of Carol's book but I would love to win it!
I both subscribe via email and like you on FB. Thanks!
Sounds like a great giveaway! I would love to try to make GF pretzels...
I subscribe via email.
I tweeted!
I like you on facebook, and I posted this on my facebook update!
Never used her cookbook before, but love experimenting with new recipes for my two gf kids. I'd love to try some recipes
Having just found out a couple of months ago of a my gluten allergy, it's been a challenge to find alternatives to the gluten filled breads and pastas I loved so much. I have yet to find gluten free ones that are indistinguishable from their gluten laden counterparts. But I keep trying.
I have not tried any of Carol Fenster's recipes, I hear they are very good.
I tweeted about your giveaway.
I am following you on Twitter.
I "Like" you on facebook.
I am subscribed to your e-mail.
I have not tried any of Carol's recipes, but if that picture of the flat bread isn't even as good as it is supposed to be, I want to try that one. I just about want to eat my computer looking at it.

I already follow you on twitter.

I liked you on Facebook. And, thanks for reminding me. I knew I was missing someone.

I already subscribe via RSS.

I like you facebook as comfy cook.
I follow you on Twitter as Sweetsav1
I retweeted your tweet about the giveaway to my followers.
I have cooked from Carol Fenster.
I follow you through my RSS feed smvalvo(at)gmail(dot)com
I subscribe via RSS.
I've never tried any of her recipes.

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