Gourmet cook Susan O’Brien (Gluten-Free Vegan Comfort Food) ensures there is nutritional value in her gluten-free vegetarian recipes by including complex carbs such as teff, coconut, and almond flours. Her focus in this book is to make meals that the whole family will enjoy. They sound tasty (Quinoa Burgers, Coconut and Banana Waffles, Easy Spaghetti Casserole, Delicious Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding) and they are meant to be a part of the family’s sustainable lifestyle (eating organic, in season, or bulk foods).
At the beginning of the book, the author shares her favorite must-have foods (organic coconut oil, kelp noodles, mocha, and sauerkraut) and basic ingredients to include in a well-stocked pantry. The recipes are divided into Breakfast Dishes, Breads, Muffins and Scones, Soups and Salads, Main Dishes, Side Dishes, Desserts, and Snacks, Sauces, Pantry Staples, and Everything Else (like Anti-Inflammatory Green Smoothie) There are recipes for making your own nut milks and information the author has learned over the past few years about gluten-free foods. If a recipe is “quick and easy” it is labeled as such, and most recipes serve 4 to 6.
The recipes are easy to read (measurements in metric), but none of them are accompanied by a color photograph of the meal. The eight pictures that are included are all in the middle of the book (they are labeled, but no page numbers are given about where to find the recipe). Some of the recipes take about an hour to make (Moussaka, Roasted Cauliflower and Butternut Squash with Polenta) while others take about thirty minutes (Summertime Mixed Vegetable Curry, Grilled Vegetable Stack, Healing Miso Soup). The recipes appear in columns,
with the ingredients on one side of the column and the directions on the other.
There is a very casual yet personalized feel as you read through the author’s notes about each recipe (I first tried this recipe out on adults, and they loved it. Then I tried it out on my grandson, and he declared, “Too much spice!”). Families who want to try this diet, may be inclined to pick up this cookbook because the cover makes what’s inside look very appealing.