The much anticipated cookbook from the daughters of Emeril Lagasse has arrived! When I heard Jilly and Jessie Lagasse were coming out with their own gluten-free cookbook, I couldn’t wait to see what sorts of recipes they’d have inside. Growing up in a house with the infamous Emeril is bound to inspire some seriously delicious recipes, and I for one am anxious to try them out.
Jilly is diagnosed with celiac disease and Jessie has non-celiac gluten sensitivity, so they understand the need for great tasting gluten-free options. Imagine having Emeril for a dad and not being able to eat his cooking anymore! Lucky for us, they’ve adapted and shared some of the Lagasse family recipes (some of which are naturally gluten-free; others use gluten-free alternatives).
Before I saw The Gluten-Free Table, I thought of all the elaborate dishes Emeril prepares and was expecting complex recipes in the cookbook. I was pleasantly surprised, however, to find a nice balance of easy and advanced recipes. Entrees aren’t the only thing included in the cookbook either; the girls have recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, sides and desserts, too.
I was struck by how uniquely personal the cookbook seems. The foreword was written by Emeril and he talks about his family’s love of cooking and how the gluten-free diet changed everything. “I’ve seen food trends come and go during my years as a chef, but I’m here to tell you that this is no trend, folks; this is a serious reality for people living with gluten intolerance and celiac disease,” he writes. (Go, Emeril!)
Jilly and Jessie included their own introduction that is sure to inspire even those who don’t like to cook to get in the kitchen and whip up a delicious gluten-free meal. The Lagasse girls not only ensure their readers will be serving scrumptious gluten-free meals, but they also include tips and information about cross-contamination to keep those meals safe.
I made a post on the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness Facebook page about the cookbook coming out, and one person commented, “Run, don’t walk to get this book the first chance you get!” I have to say I agree. This cookbook is the whole package, complete with bits of personality, amazing photos, and recipe ideas that are sure to have people asking “What do you mean this is gluten-free?”
So, while I’m debating which recipe I’m going to test from The Gluten-Free Table, I highly recommend visiting the Lagasse girls’ website and checking it out for yourself.
Stay tuned for my review of one of these gluten-free recipes in a future Gluten-Free Hot Products post!