It’s no secret that I LOVE to bake. What isn’t as widely known is that many of my recipes are light baking recipes: either lower in fat, lower in calories, with healthy add-ins, and/or gluten-free.
Cooking Light magazine is by far my favorite cooking magazine. I’ve been a subscriber since I was in college, around 1995 or 1996 — a long time. If you don’t already subscribe, here’s what you should know: their recipes are incredibly simple, with easy-to-find ingredients, and the results are almost always hearty, delicious, lighter dishes that you (or your guests) won’t even guess are lighter versions of their full-fat, high calorie favorites.
Now Cooking Light has published a beautiful cookbook for all of my gluten-free friends: The Cooking Light Gluten-Free Cookbook: Simple Food Solutions for Everyday Meals.
While the recipes are broken down by the standard categories: Main Dishes, Pizzas and Pastas, Desserts, and so on, what makes this cookbook stand out is the incredible Gluten-Free Kitchen section in the front of the book. In beautifully-designed, easy to navigate pages, Cooking Light shows you step-by-step how to create a well-prepared gluten-free kitchen. From a checklist of “what to eat (and not to eat)?” to a lovely 2-page spread of gluten-free grains, flours and starches complete with descriptions and photos, to a section on decoding food labels, the Cooking Light Gluten-Free Cookbook is the perfect go-to cookbook for all of the home cooks who either have Celiac disease, are gluten sensitive, or simply want to limit their gluten intake for various dietary and health reasons.
A couple of my favorites from this cookbook:
Smoked Salmon Crostini
Chocolate Hazelnut Meringues
The Cooking Light Gluten-Free Cookbook ($21.95 retail)