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Beginner-Friendly Cookbook: Everyday Gluten-Free Slow Cooking by Kimberly Mayone and Kitty Broihier #weekendcooking

cover imageI received Everyday Gluten-free Slow Cooking by Kimberly Mayone & Kitty Broihier as a gift at Christmas, and have made several recipes from it. If you’re looking for beginner-friendly, gluten-free recipes to make in a slow cooker, this cookbook includes an excellent introduction to the gluten-free diet in general (reasons for it, precautions to take, stocking your pantry, etc.) and also to slow cooking in general (Slow Cooking 101). The authors also write about adapting your usual slow cooker recipes with g/f alternatives.

The authors outline many good reasons why using a slow cooker works well with maintaining a gluten-free diet or preparing meals for someone else who is. Another reason is that a removable crock insert can be washed in a dishwasher and usually doesn’t have scratches where trace amounts of gluten could be retained, or you could even buy disposable liners to be even more on the safe side.

Easy Vegetable Dal
The Easy Vegetable Dal was easy to make and delicious! I substituted white beans for the chickpeas because it was what I had on hand.

The cookbook has a good variety of family-friendly, basic recipes like Corn Chowder; Easiest Pulled Pork; Cincinnati Chili; and Mimi’s Classic Pork Roast and Vegetables with Gravy, but there are many that would also appeal to more adventurous tastes, such as Brazilian Black Bean Soup; Easy Vegetable Dal; Shrimp and Scallop Thai Curry; and Garlicky Salmon with Leeks and Wild Rice.

Tex-Mex Chicken on plate
Tex-Mex Chicken with Black Beans topped with feta cheese and cilantro! Yummy!

 

You’d expect plenty of meaty and vegetarian soup, stew, and chili recipes from any slow cooker cookbook, and there are many of them here, but there are also chapters for Breakfast and Brunch; Appetizers and Snacks; and Sweets. I haven’t tried any of those yet, but the Tex-Mex Egg Bake and the Chocolate Risotto are a couple of the ones I would like to try sometime when we have a crowd.

Serving dish of Classic Pot Roast with Potatoes
Classic Pot Roast with Potatoes was as easy as it sounds to make.

The recipes for the pictured meals are not available online, but check out the authors’ Gluten-Free Slow Cooking blog for several recipes you can sample and to see their style of cooking and writing. In case you’re thinking that it’s time to put the slow cooker away now until the fall, there are seasonal recipes for spring and summer posted there. I found a Ham and Navy Bean Soup recipe there to use up the ham bone and leftover ham that I put in the freezer after Easter!

photo of candied pecans cooling on pan
Just made these Candied Pecans this afternoon. Seriously addictive. Took only two hours in the slow cooker. This recipe isn’t online, but you can find similar ones.

There are no photos at all, which I don’t mind, but others might. (Most slow cooker meals aren’t very photogenic, anyway!) It’s a very nicely designed book, though, and stays open to your recipe, even near the beginning or the end.

Everyday Gluten-Free Slow Cooking
Mayone, Kimberly & Broihier, Kitty
Sterling, 2012
978-1-4027-8553-5
225 pp.
$22.95

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13 thoughts on “Beginner-Friendly Cookbook: Everyday Gluten-Free Slow Cooking by Kimberly Mayone and Kitty Broihier #weekendcooking”

  1. Your comment about slow cooker meals not being photogenic made me laugh. Oh so true. I’ve thought a number of times when opening the lid that it’s a good thing the meal smells so good because it’s not winning any prizes in the looks department! I’ll have to add this to my Christmas gift list. My cousin has Celiac’s and 2 kids so is always looking for family friendly meals that she can eat too!

    1. I think this cookbook works for families who have just one gluten-free eater, because the others could have different side dishes, but everyone could eat the same main course.

  2. One of our nieces has to eat gluten free and this would be a good cookbook for her family. The roast looks good. And chocolate risotto? Interesting.

    1. I haven’t made any of the desserts, but I just tried the Candied Pecans, and they came out great! Two hours in the slow cooker, and I didn’t heat up the house by using the oven. I was worried that they wouldn’t be crunchy, but they are!

  3. I like a cookbook with photos but it wouldn’t bother me to own one without, as long as there are good recipes.
    Slow cookers are great, especially when you work full time. Looks like a bunch of good recipes in this book.

  4. The ham and navy bean soup sounds really good, and that pic of the pot roast was photogenic enough to get the idea across, anyway it’s the taste that counts!

  5. This sounds like a good one! I am always looking for new crockpot recipes.

    You might also be interested in the cookbook I reviewed yesterday. It is a Paleo cookbook (which is by definition gluten-free since it excludes all grains) – lots of tasty recipes in that one, too, and many for the crockpot.

    http://bookbybook.blogspot.com/2015/04/weekend-cooking-419-cookbook-review.html

    Thanks for the review! BTW, that dal looks delicious!

    Sue

    Book By Book

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