I received this cookbook in the mail a week or so ago and thought I'd review it.
Gluten Free Every Day by Robert M. Landolphi. $16.99 (you can get it for $11.55 at Amazon.com)
First I'd like to say that Denise Chambon, did a wonderful job on the design and composition of the book. So many of the gluten free cook books I've seen lately have been just so ugly, but this one is really pretty. I usually like to see pictures of the food in the cook book, but if I can't have that attractive graphics are the next best thing. And the cover is beautiful...for a cook book.
Robert M. Landolphi has a culinary arts degree from Johnson and Wales University. He began cooking gluten free out of love for his wife when after a long illness she was finally diagnosed with celiac disease. His first chapter is on Gluten Free Basics, he explains the flours and starches in a very basic way, I've been gluten free for 4 years and I learned a few things. I feel like I have a greater understanding of which flours I can interchange with other flours.
He gives good directions to a beginning cook too, (or a good refresher). He explains how to zest fruit, carmelize onions, toast nuts.... lot's of good information.
He suggest alternatives to dusting and encrusting instead of flour, like Toasted Coconut Shrimp with Peach Marmalade Dipping Sauce and Hazelnut-Encrusted Salmon with Cilantro-Lime Creme....
There are many delicious sounding recipes, some are much easier than others, but none of them sound very hard. Some of them use specific ingredients, like Glutino crackers. I can't find Glutino crackers in any store around here, if I want them I have to order them, and well that's just a pain. I don't want to order a case, and I don't want to pay shipping. So that's out, and I'm sure people who live in Rural areas would have a hard time finding most of the gluten free specialty items.
I know many people who need to be on a gluten free diet also need to be on a caesin free diet and this cook book doesn't address those issues. Although this book doesn't include the nutrition facts for the recipes, most of them don't look like they would save you very many calories.