The Gluten-Free Cookbook Review

The Gluten-Free Cookbook Review
By The Cooking World, Editorial Staff
February 21, 2022

A Closer Look at The Gluten-Free Cookbook

Here we are for our third Phaidon Cookbook review of the month. Today we bring you The Gluten-Free Cookbook by Cristian Broglia.

The Gluten-Free Cookbook is a global guide to preparing and enjoying 350 inherently gluten-free and delicious recipes from over 80 countries instead of dishes that rely on gluten-free substitutions.

Cristian has been painstakingly researching, selecting, and testing the recipes included in this volume for several years from his hometown of Parma, Italy.

Although Italy, with its pasta, pizza, and pastry, does not seem like a place to start a volume on gluten-free cooking, this is exactly what prompted Cristian to begin his research.

The Gluten Free Cookbook

From Breakfast to Meat and Poultry to Desserts and Sweet Treats

In The Gluten-Free Cookbook, you'll find a great diversity of recipes. The book encompasses breakfast, starters, soups, breads and wraps, rice and noodles, salads, vegetables and legumes, fish and shellfish, meat and poultry, and desserts and sweet treats.

If there is something that this new book from Cristian doesn't have, there is a lack of diversity in its recipe. Throughout its pages, you'll find classics such as Shakshuka from Israel and Salmon Sushi Rolls from Japan, as well as many lesser-known regional specialties, including Injera from Ethiopia and Yuca Skillet Cake from Bolivia.

The book also features signature dishes from all over the world that one may not realize are gluten-free, including Sweet Rice Cake Balls from Korea, Spanish Paella Valenciana, and Grilled Pike from South Africa.

The Gluten Free Cookbook
Shakshuka. Photography by Dalcò Edizioni (p. 15)

A Book for Everyone

The Gluten-Free Cookbook follows the success of Vegan, Breakfast, and Spirited. It is the latest title in Phaidon's popular line of single-subject bibles with recipes from around the world.

Perfect for anyone who cannot eat gluten, but also for those seeking new and interesting dishes from around the world, or hosting for gluten-free eaters. This collection of recipes will lead home chefs to discover new cuisines, rich in taste and gluten-free by design.

The book is full of vibrant and colorful recipes, each identified with its country of origin and accompanied by a short introduction describing the dish's history, its place in the cuisine of a region, or advice on regional ingredients or cooking techniques.

Like it's usual in this series of books, recipe icons indicate whether dishes are Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-free, Nut-free, can be prepared in 30 minutes or less, and use five or fewer ingredients.

The Gluten Free Cookbook
Flourless Chocolate Cake. Photography by Dalcò Edizione (p. 401)

Final Thoughts

We have been looking for a book like this one for a while. Many authors/chefs tried to compline an exciting and vibrant collection of gluten-free recipes in just one place, but very few success as well as Cristian.

Draing on cuisines from around the world, The Gluten-Free Cookbook showcases delicious recipes that are naturally gluten-free, rather than adapted using ingredient subtitutions.


Whether you are looking for breakfast dishes, soups, main courses, breads, or desserts, you'll find easy-to-follow and approachable recipes In The Gluten-Free Cookbook.









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