April 23, 2017 11:37 am Leave your thoughts
Feeling joyful? You might be if you read the new River Cottage gluten free cookbook. ‘This is a joyful book’, announces Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on page 6 – and it really is. Chock-full of wonderful photographs and sensible, tasty, gluten-free recipes, this truly is a book to put the joy into ‘free from’ cooking.
Too often, going gluten-free is seen purely as a negative move – rather like becoming a vegetarian used to be. But this book sees it only as a positive. Just as vegetarianism forces a cook to think of different sources of protein and different ways of cooking – thus probably expanding, rather than restricting a diet – so eating gluten-free doesn’t have to mean ‘giving up’ and sacrifice. Instead, in a ‘truly positive and life-enhancing step’, a cook can embrace the new ingredients and ways of cooking with them.
Overall, the book’s aim is to turn the ‘regretful no’ of giving up gluten into a ‘glorious, greedy yes!’
A joyful taster
Want a taster? Well, the author, Naomi Devlin, gives us prosciutto mini quiches (a great idea, with the quiche mixture held in little cases of prosciutto), squash risotto (rice, of course, is gluten-free: the squash gives it an amazing colour and flavour), and peach crumble – among many, many other options.
Naomi is clear about the ingredients you’ll need to make the very best dishes. A lot of these are naturally gluten-free: fresh fruit and vegetables, for example, and herbs and spices. Where she replaces standard wheat-based products, such as flour, bread and pasta, she uses a range of flours and grains, with other ingredients to help bind or thicken. She lists these all in a straightforward fashion, and the roles they fulfil, in her introductory section.
At the back of the book, Naomi recommends Naturally Good Food as a supplier of gluten-free flours, pasta, ground almonds, linseed and psyllium husk, among others. We’ve been providing gluten-free food to customers for years and have great expertise in it. We now supply a large amount of our gluten-free food in bulk too, to caterers and those who specialise in gluten-free cooking.
Click here to see our full gluten-free range – and have a ‘wander’ around the section: you’ll no doubt be amazed at what exactly you can buy that’s gluten-free.
‘Colourful, life-affirming, celebratory, downright delectable’: that’s how Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall described this book. Exactly the same can be said of good gluten-free cooking too.
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This post was written by Yzanne