Nov 052012

Having a family member with food allergies or intolerances such as celiac disease, nut and milk allergies or lactose intolerances can seem like a daunting task, but thanks to great cook books such as 500 Gluten-Free Dishes
by Carol Beckerman and celiac advocate Deb Wheaton, it has been made easier.

500 Gluten-Free Dishes is a part of the 500 Cookbook Series, which is designed in a user-friendly style with a wide array of recipes and colorful photos. There are 28 other titles in this cookbook series, and there is a cookbook need. 

In my family we have dealt with food sensitivities and intolerances, since the first time our oldest son had regular milk and developed an immediate rash, but again with proper recipes, cooking mostly from scratch and learning to identify hidden food triggers living with all of our sons’ food problems, as well as my husband’s lactose intolerance has become a way of life. 

Celiac disease is an incurable disease, and if left undiagnosed it can cause severe gastrointestinal problems, as well as other physical symptoms. Celiac disease is a severe intolerance to all foods containing gluten, which is found in wheat, rye and barley, and it therefore has a way of complicating lives tremendously. Issues such as cross-contamination is a big problem for people with celiac disease, and this makes cooking from scratch even more important.

500 Gluten-Free Dishes is a great resource for those who suffers from Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivity, but it is also great for anyone who has family members and friends who are unable to eat gluten. Gluten-free foods does not have to be complicated, and 500 Gluten-Free Dishes has plenty of gluten-free recipes, which can be easily made and served at a party. While ensuring that your menu includes a couple of gluten-free dishes may be an easy task, it can mean a huge difference for your guests  who are unable to eat foods with gluten in it.

Besides giving a brief introduction to Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, 500 Gluten-Free Dishes also provides tips on shopping, de-glutenizing your space, and it gives a comprehensive list of foods that may have hidden sources of gluten as well as those that are safe.

500 Gluten-Free Dishes Includes:

  • An introduction to Celiac disease
  • Tips for gluten-free lifestyle
  • Simple recipes for gluten-free flour mixes
  • Gluten-free breakfast and brunch recipes
  • Gluten-free appetizers
  • Gluten-free bread recipes
  • Gluten-free main dishes
  • Gluten-free desserts

One of the things that I have found extremely helpful in this recipe book, is the fact that each section includes a number of variations to each recipe.

A lot of the gluten-free recipes are based on rice flour, which I had a difficult time finding, as I did not have immediate access to a natural foods store, and I could not locate it in my regular grocery stores. It is possible to find rice flour online at sites like Amazon, so I could have waited. I decided to go ahead and try a couple of simple gluten-free recipes that did not need rice flour, and it turned out to be very easy to do.

Potato WedgesCheck out these simple spicy potato wedges, these are completely gluten free and make a great side dish for a main entree.



This Spicy Mexican Cornbread was also easy to make wiGluten free corn breadth ingredients that I already had in my pantry.










Buy 500 Gluten-Free Dishes

You can buy 500 Gluten-Free Dishes  at Amazon



Holiday Gift Guide

The 500 Gluten-Free Dishes recipe book and the 500 Recipe Book Series is a part of the Holiday Gift Guide here at Frugality Is Free, because it is a grea gift for those in the family who love to cook. This series has cookbooks for every taste, and the 500 Gluten-Free Dishes is a great gift for those with Celiac disease.



Disclaimer: The Frugality Is Free family received a complimentary copy of  500 Gluten-Free Dishes for the purpose of writing a review, no monetary compensation was received. Any opinions expressed above are based solely on our family’s experience with 500 Gluten-Free Dishes by Carol Beckerman and celiac advocate Deb Wheaton.

  4 Responses to “500 Gluten-Free Dishes Cookbook Review”

  1. Thank you – this is helpful as I’m beginning to think about the holiday and need gift ideas

  2. I’ve recently started paying more attention to the food I cook and eat. I might check this book out.

  3. We have a couple people in the family who have to watch what they eat… but these recipes sound like the whole family would enjoy them. Thanks!

  4. I would of loved to get this for Christmas! It’s never to late, I better give my family hints!

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