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Published on February 8th, 2013 | by Heather Carr


Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Quick and Easy – Cookbook Review with Pan de Bono Recipe


Scan the bakery shelf at any grocery store and you’ll see that gluten-free foods are not cheap. A lot of commercially made gluten-free baked goods don’t even taste very good. Nicole Hunn solves that problem with her latest cookbook, Gluten-Free on a Shoestring, Quick and Easy, with tasty, inexpensive food that makes it to the table fast.

The first chapter discusses gluten-free possibilities. The author lists her favorite gluten-free convenience items and commercially available gluten-free flour and flour mixes. She also includes a homemade gluten-free flour mix, which she uses in many of the recipes in the book.

Most of the recipes are vegetarian and some are vegan. Each recipe ends with a price comparison between the homemade version and the store-bought version. The exact amount of savings will vary according to prices in your area, but the savings is always significant.

One hundred recipes are split between six chapters:

Breakfast and Brunch – The most important meal of the day. The author adapts classic breakfast foods like biscuits, oatmeal, protein bars, and even doughnuts and makes the recipes quick and easy.

Breads: Quicker and Quickest – With the gluten-free flours and the gluten-free flour mix listed at the beginning of the book, baking breads isn’t so difficult. This chapter contains several sandwich breads, muffins, pita bread, crackers, pastries, and more. Try the pan de bono recipe from this chapter included at the end of this review.

Meatless Mondays – Hearty vegetarian dishes fill this chapter. Calzones, paella, burritos, and more.

Weekday Workday Dinners – These are classic family dishes that your mom probably made when you were a kid. Meatball soup, enchiladas, pot pies, and other familiar dinners are remade to be gluten-free.

Shortcut Desserts – What is dinner without dessert? Cakes, brownies, cookies, mousse pie – you can’t go wrong with this chapter. If you’re sad that Hostess went bankrupt, you can find twinkie-style cupcakes and ho ho-style cakes in here.

Make-Your-Own Mixes – Having the dry ingredients premixed for cakes, waffles, scones, and more can save a bit of time and reduce errors when you’re in a hurry.

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Heather Carr loves food, politics, and innovative ways to make the world a better place. She counts Jacques Pepin and Speed Racer among her inspirations. You can find her on Facebook or .

2 Responses to Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Quick and Easy – Cookbook Review with Pan de Bono Recipe

  1. Gerald Ortwein says:

    Gluten-free fad diets have recently become popular. A 2012 study concluded “There is no evidence to suggest that following a gluten-free diet has any significant benefits in the general population. Indeed, there is some evidence to suggest that a gluten-free diet may adversely affect gut health in those without celiac disease or gluten sensitivity..

    Have a good weekend

    • Tanya Sitton says:

      I agree with you that mostly it’s a marketing fad; and I find it super-annoying when food manufacturers slap ‘GLUUUUUTEN FREEEEEE!!’ all over foods that have never had anything to do with gluten, like iceberg lettuce (c’mon, guys, really?!)… but! for those who are actually dealing with Celiac disease or physical (vs fad diet) gluten intolerance, I’m glad there are so many resources for cooking without it — IF NEEDED. <--(that last part, I think, is key)

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