Bette Hagman - Celiac Cookbooks
My copies of her cookbooks are well-worn, with post-it tabs throughout the book on favorite recipes. Her cornbread was the foundation to my yearly Thanksgiving stuffing. Nobody knew it was “gluten-free.” She passed in 2007, so there is no website of her recipes to see, no Pinterest page to follow. If you’re lucky enough to find one of her 7 cookbooks, stroll through its pages. Her love for food and for humans is evident on every page.
Jules has written multiple books and also does podcasts. This is why she is a gluten-free cooking resource for so many. I appreciate that she is cognizant of food allergies other than her own. One of her many cookbooks is entitled Free For All Cooking. This cookbook includes 150 recipes that also make modification for dairy, soy, egg and nut sensitivities. She prides herself that they’re not just safe, but EASY as well. Living with food sensitivities is hard on its own, cooking shouldn’t have to be as well.
Her website has an extensive list of gluten-free recipes and tricks. The one I found most helpful was her Gluten Free Apple Pie in a Bag. The trick of cooking your apple (or any fruit) pie in a bag is that it keeps the crust from drying out while still cooking perfectly. Rip the bag open the last 10-15 minutes to get that golden brown color. Hints like these will make her one of your favorite gluten-free cooking resources for years.
The other great thing about this website is that the recipes are scaleable. Only 2 of you for dinner? You can reduce the number of serving sizes. Making dinner for a large crowd? Scale the recipe up to 50 and feed the neighborhood. (You may have to adjust the cooking times if you do.) So many “regular” recipes are easily converted to gluten-free simply by subbing the necessary ingredients. **Note - This website is a collection of recipes from various people, so make sure to pay attention to reader reviews. ‘
Even more important it teaches the basics of cooking. For example, there’s a whole post about how to cook spaghetti squash. Or how to cook rice. Or how to peel garlic. If you’ve been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, and now have to cook for the first time in your life, this is a site you need in your repertoire.
What Are Your Favorites?
If you have celiac or a wheat allergy, what are your favorite gluten free cookbooks or resources? Please share in the comments!