Whether you’re new to a gluten free diet, have been diagnosed with coeliac disease or are just looking for more inspiration, it can be hard to know the best gluten free cookbooks to buy. As a blogger I’m very lucky to have tried-and-tested some of the best gluten free cookbooks out there, so I thought creating a post on them would be really helpful!
A coeliac disease diagnosis can be life-changing, but it doesn’t have to mean settling for boring food. Did you know one in 100 people in the UK are estimated to have coeliac disease, according to Coeliac UK? Imagine if all those people ate boring, gluten free food which made them miserable! With so many gluten free cookbooks out there, as well as so many blogs and other resources, there is simply no excuse NOT to eat fun food.
One of the biggest aims of my blog is to make sure everyone on a gluten free diet enjoys their food. I don’t want anyone to feel left out, or upset over foods they can’t eat. Instead I want anyone with coeliac disease to see they really can eat a gluten free version of most foods – it just sometimes takes a little creativity. So if you’re not sure where to start, here are 10 of the best gluten free cookbooks to try…
(Please note prices were correct at the time of writing in January 2020)
Hassle Free, Gluten Free by Jane Devonshire
Jane Devonshire shot to fame when she won MasterChef in 2016, and as her son has coeliac disease she is an expert on gluten free cooking. Her book, priced at £15.40 on Amazon, is the ultimate bible for anyone starting on a gluten free diet or newly diagnosed with coeliac disease. Jane was our ever first guest on the Oh Crumbs Podcast (listen here!) and we were bowled away by her knowledge. I can highly recommend this as a great gluten free cookbook to start with – and make sure you try the pizza base recipe! The book is endorsed by Coeliac UK.
Seriously Good! Gluten-Free Baking by Phil Vickery
This was the first gluten free cookbook I ever remember buying, and shortly after I attended my first blogger even with Phil and was starstruck! His recipes got me through my early coeliac days and while this book is now 11 years old(!) it still has some classic recipes in it!
Phil Vickery’s Essential Gluten Free by Phil Vickery
I remember buying Phil Vickery’s first ever gluten free cookbook in 2009, and this one (published in 2016) soon became a bible for me. The book is endorsed by Coeliac UK, of which Phil is an ambassador, which gives it extra credibility. I’ve followed many of Phil Vickery’s recipes in the past and always find them really simple with great effect. I’d definitely recommend this book as a staple in the kitchen. It’s priced at £13.99 on Amazon.
River Cottage Gluten Free by Naomi Devlin
I attended one of Naomi Devlin’s gluten free cookery days at River Cottage and have been an avid fan of her recipes ever since! If you’ve already grasped the basics of gluten free, Naomi’s book will absolutely transform the way you bake. She creates her own flour blends which, although it can seem like extra effort, is absolutely, 100% worth it! I’ve never tasted gluten free bakes like hers before and can highly recommend this book as Naomi’s knowledge of gluten free cooking is fascinating and genius. It’s priced at £14.41 on Amazon. (Pic by My Gluten Free Guide)
Honeybuns Gluten Free Baking by Emma Goss-Custard
If you’ve tried any of the Honeybuns cakes before, you’ll know why this book is absolutely essential! The Honeybuns cakes are delicious and this book is a bit of a bible for gluten free baking. There’s such a fantastic variety of sweet treats, you won’t even notice they’re gluten free. From biscuits and brownies to cakes and puddings. This book also uses a variety of gluten free flours, but it is certainly worth stocking up as you can make your own blends and keep them to hand for all your gluten free baking needs. Priced at £10.49 on Amazon.
The FODMAP Friendly Kitchen Cookbook by Emma Hatcher
If you’re on the low FODMAP diet, or are just gluten free but want some beautiful recipe inspiration, then check out The FODMAP Friendly Kitchen Cookbook by Emma Hatcher. Emma has so many recipes which are just beautifully-shot, and they’re also suitable for avoiding a variety of allergens. She proves in her recipes – from soups and salads to bakes and desserts – that you really don’t have to miss out while on a gluten free diet. Priced at £13.61 on Amazon. (Pic from Oh Crumbs Podcast!)
Honeybuns All Day Cookbook by Emma Goss-Custard
The second book in my Honeybuns collection is this All Day Cookbook by Honeybuns. It has more than 100 recipes which are gluten free, and lots of dairy free and vegan options too. This book has some great savoury options as well as bakes, and is lovely and colourful. I like a cookbook with lots of illustrations and vibrant food photos! Priced £14.99 on Amazon.
Delicious Gluten Free Baking by Howard Middleton
I think the gluten free world fell in love with Howard Middleton when he was on The Great British Bake Off, and his gluten free cookbook is perfect if you love baking! Howard is a real advocate for focusing on what you can eat, rather than what you can’t. He’s become a bit of an expert when it comes to gluten free baking and you’ll find plenty of sweet and savoury inspiration in his gluten free cookbook. Priced £16.99 on Amazon.
Eat Yourself Healthy by Dr Megan Rossi
I’m not usually a huge advocate for ‘diet’ type books but I do think this one is a goodun. Written by Dr Megan Rossi, the book focuses on gut health with lots of gut-friendly recipes. Perfect if you have a food intolerance or coeliac disease. There’s lots of helpful information and the recipes all look pretty tasty. I’d recommend a read for some healthier gluten free recipes. It’s a best-seller on Amazon and priced at £10.89.
Deliciously Ella with Friends by Deliciously Ella
If you’re after recipes that are both gluten free and vegan, then this could be the cookbook for you. I’ve made a few recipes from this Deliciously Ella with Friends book and they’ve all been tasty. I loved the pancakes and the garlickly black beans! This is definitely a good shout if you have multiple allergens or prefer a plant-based way of eating. Priced £14.22 on Amazon.
What are the best gluten free cookbooks out there?
Have you got a favourite gluten free cookbook I’ve missed? There are so many out there but I haven’t tried them all, so I’d love to know if there’s any not on this list which you’d recommend. Let me know in the comments and I’ll add them to this list. I’ll also try to keep this updated regularly as new titles come out.
You might also like to read…
New to coeliac disease or a gluten free diet? Here are some posts you might like to read which will give you some top tips and tricks!
- Commonly asked questions about being gluten free
- What is a ‘coeliac check-up’ and do I need one?
- So you’ve been diagnosed with coeliac disease – what now?
- Eight reasons to stay positive about gluten free life
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