Gluten-Free On A Shoestring: Cookbook Review

By | Feb 20, 2011

The cost of gluten-free food is just one of the many surprises that can come with learning the ins and outs of a celiac diet. Though it may seem overwhelming at first, once you become more experienced and informed it is not only possible to come up a strategy that helps balance your budget, but also one that will fill you and your tummy with a sensation of satisfaction. Fortunately, these days you are not on your won. In addition to the increasing availability and options provided by a growing gluten-free food industry there are also a fairly large number of gluten-free and celiac authors and bloggers happily sharing all they have learned with the community.

GlutenFreeOnAShoeStringNocole Hunn is one of these bloggers. Her blog, Gluten-free On A Shoestring, was featured in the New York Times and on MSN Money. She is also one of the featured bloggers in the Celiac Bloggers page on the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness’s website CeliacCentral.org. The success of her blog has lead to her very recently published cookbook and gluten-free guide by the same name. Though Gluten-free On A Shoestring will not be available for sale till March 1st, Da Capo Press generously sent me an advance copy for this review.

Nicole Hunn’s cookbook, Gluten-Free On A Shoestring, contains 125 easy recipes for eating well on the cheap. However, the book provides more than just recipes it is also jam-packed with strategies for living gluten-free easier and more affordably. The first two chapters focus on the basics, along with tips and tricks for saving time and money, and very useful guide on gluten-free shopping that includes where and how to shop for gf foods.

The remaining chapters are filled with recipes.  Though the recipes included in Gluten-Free On A Shoestring are easy to follow the dishes themselves cover a wide range of choices and difficulty level for every meal including breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snacks, treats and everything in-between. Along with the recipes, Nicole continues to provide tips and suggestions to help reduce cost and maximize the joy of each recipe. When every applicable, Nicole, also compares the cost of the homemade version of her recipes to the store counterparts, to show you the possible savings available. Almost as important as the content included in Gluten-free On A Shoestring is the way it is delivered. I am pleased to say that Nicole Hunn serves up all the recipes and information found in her cookbook in the friendly and inviting manor that has helped make her blog popular.

If you would like to find out more about this cookbook, along with a small preview of what you may find inside it, visit Nicole Hunn’s blog www.glutenfreeonashoestring.com.

3 Comments so far
  1. Lisa February 21, 2011 9:46 pm

    I’m so glad Nicole is out there for us that are newly diagnosed! Her’s was one of the first ‘blogs’ I went to after diagnosis and I’m happy to say that she responded quickly and positively to a question I had posted!
    I’ve cooked a couple of her recipes and they turned out great! One brought tears to my eyes it was so good and so much like what I was told I would never have again. The bonus… I could feel normal again and share great tasting gluten free food with my family that did not cost me most of my salary for the month to fix!
    Nicole is straightforward, caring, compassionate and kind and I’m so glad I found her and her blog. And I’m looking forward to getting her book!
    Congratulations Nicole!!!

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