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The GFCF Experience Cookbook Review - The Everything Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cookbook by Carrie S. Forbes

Posted Sep 25 2012 9:22am
Fall is finally here! And while using a slow cooker is great year round, Fall seems to be the perfect time of year to dust it off if you haven't used it in a while.  I mean, what is better on a crisp Autumn afternoon than a bowl of fresh chili or soup or stew made in your slow cooker? 

How about a loaf of fresh bread.  Or a cheesecake.  Or a latte.  All gluten free, and all made in your slow cooker.  You can find recipes for these and more in the recently published Everything Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cookbook by Carrie S. Forbes, published by Adams Media.

I have known Carrie for a number of years now.  In fact, we pretty much started blogging about the same time back in 2007 - me here at the GFCF Experience, and Carrie over at the popular Ginger Lemon Girl .  I am honored to have gotten to know Carrie over the past five years and more honored to call her a good friend.  And as a person who loves to use his slow cooker, I have been anticipating the release of this cookbook ever since I preordered it back in March.

Carrie does a nice job explaining the facts behind gluten sensitivity and celiac disease and also how to start and maintain a gluten free lifestyle.  She also provides information on using the slow cooker - how should you choose a slow cooker?  Should you cook on high or low?  How should you plan your mealks around using the slow cooker?  And lots more useful information.

But what really impresses me about this cookbook is how Carrie shows off the versatility of the slow cooker.  There are over 300 recipes in this book.  Yes, Carrie does have a section on soups and stews and chilis, which to me are the slow cooker staples.  But there is so much more, ranging from breakfasts you can start the night before and have hot and ready and waiting for you when you wake up in the morning, to appetizers like pineapple teriyaki drumsticks, to nutty snack mixes, to casseroles, to meat and poultry dishes, like this simple chicken and dumpling recipe I made this past weekend.

Carrie also offers a section on kid-friendly meals like a french fry casserole or a simple hot dogs and beans.  Or how about some bread or dessert, made in the slow cooker?  Carrie will show you how to do that too.  There is also a section of meals that you can make using five ingredients or fewer, like a chorizo and potato casserole.  And Carrie even provides several recipes for drinks, from punches to teas to lattes.

Finally, in the appendices Carrie provides information on gluten free resources and resources for slow cooker equipment. 

One thing to mention is that while many of the recipes in this book are GFCF, this is not a casein free cookbook.  Carrie does mention on some recipes how to substitute to make it dairy free but make sure to use the appropriate CF substitutes you like when making a recipe that calls for dairy.

All in all, this is a wonderful cookbook to add to your collection.  I know I never realized that I could do so much with my slow cooker - and it's so simple!  I highly recommend this cookbook.

Now I can't wait to make some slow cooker bread this weekend!

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