I like reading cookbooks. They always fill me with a new desire to make, or eat something new and delicious. I often sit on a sofa sometime before tea and browse a cookbook or two, critiquing the layout, design, grammar and sometimes the recipes as I go. Or I might take it to my room at night and lie in bed reading recipes instead of stacking up Z's.
I like gluten free cookbooks but they don't have to be that special gluten free kind of cookbook to be inspiring. - Or useful.
I was going to do a few quick reviews of cookbooks that I've loaned recently, but I got carried away with the first one. So this is just one library cookbook review - keep an eye out for more coming soon.
Imagine carrying this book through a big library?! In my shame I sandwiched it between Chopin's polonaises and some french cooking. Although it is a very old-ladyish thing to talk [or even think] about one's gut, I tend to indulge in that quite often. No reasons, not really. Apart from having a gastric disorder.
I expected to find more recipes in this book. But you know, I shouldn't be picky. It had heaps of information about possible gut disorders that I didn't want to know about.
Also, I was really annoyed when I saw this:
Ok, ok, I'm getting all freaky librarian about this. But I don't care how much you disagree with something, you don't need to deface a library book to get your point across! [I already knew it was rubbish by the way, just like young people can get arthritis.]
There was also information about coeliac disease, although it is quite limited. That's ok with me, I've read about coeliacs many times, but others may not have. I don't exactly agree that there are 'healing foods' for coeliac disease, there is just stuff that you can't eat. Lots of coeliac people are also allergic to other things. And if we're talking about the gut, it's best if GF people limit the starch in their diet too.
Also, when this book talks about ingredients it can be a little confusing. For instance, under "Wheat" it states that some people are allergic to the gluten in wheat and talks about pasta and couscous. Then this is what it says: "Rice or pearl barley can replace couscous." - Um, what?! Barley has gluten in it. Dumb.
Half of this book is just an average cookbook with normal recipes that are just not fried or full of fat.
Although I didn't find The healthy gut cookbook very helpful, I can think of some people I know that would learn lots from it.
I don't know, am I giving stars? Ok. 2 1/2 stars from me.