Review: Phil Vickery’s Essential Gluten-Free

Phil Vickery’s Essential Gluten Free is my favourite gluten free recipe book and really has lived up to its sub title and ‘revolutionised’ my diet. Every recipe I’ve tried has been a triumph so I can highly recommend this book. The range and variety of dishes will make you forget that you were ever an ‘awkward eater’.


The book is sensibly divided into the following sections:

  • Flours, pancakes, breads & pastries
  • Snacks, salads & sides
  • Vegetarian
  • Fish & shellfish
  • Meat & poultry
  • Desserts
  • Cookies, cakes & muffins
  • Spices, sauces & stuffings

Splitting the main meal section up is perfect for us so we know we only need to look in the Vegetarian section and not have to read every recipe to find one suitable for us. Here are some of the vegetarian dishes we’ve made from the book:

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Review: Deliciously Ella Every Day

I discovered Deliciously Ella’s blog last year and tried a couple of her stew recipes  and a recipe for vegan chocolate mousse. I liked that her recipes are all naturally gluten free, vegan, and refined sugar free. They are simple, healthy meal ideas and recipes that anyone can make and enjoy. I received this recipe book for my birthday and have enjoyed trying out some recipes. The book is divided into breakfast, snacks, salads, easy weekday dinners, big batch cooking, and simple sweets. Many of the recipes are quite simplistic, for example porridge and toast toppers, which is perfect for beginners but may be dissappointing if your an experienced cook looking for a culinary challenge. I look at these as meal ideas rather than follow them as step-by-step recipes so the book works for me.

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Review: Davina’s 5 Weeks To Sugar free

I bought Davina’s 5 Weeks to Sugar Free last year when I first thought about reducing my sugar intake. I knew that most of the recipes wouldn’t be suitable for our vegetarian and gluten free diet and I didn’t plan on following the 5 week programme but I wanted ideas for meals, snacks, and treats that don’t have any added sugar. I wasn’t disappointed. The book starts with useful information about hidden sugars and the benefits of cutting down and the recipes have proved easily adaptable to our dietary restrictions. I have been able to make lots of gluten free, vegetarian snacks and sweet treats using Davina’s book. The only downside is that the starters and mains section is very meaty; it would have been nice to have seen more vegetarian meals.

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Review: River Cottage Veg Everyday! Recipe Book

River Cottage Veg Everyday! should be in everyone’s cookbook collection whether you’re vegetarian or not. It’s not a vegetarian cookbook, all the recipes are suitable for vegetarians but many of them are side dishes which you could eat with meat if you wanted to. Everyone should eat more vegetables and this book is packed full of tasty ways to prepare and cook vegetables and how to turn them into wonderful, impressive dishes that would please even the most avid meat-eater. Many of the recipes use eggs and dairy products but over a third of the recipes are suitable for vegans.

The book is full of beautiful, appetising photos which make you want to instantly try everything.  The book is split into the following chapters: comfort foods & feasts; hearty salads; raw assemblies; hefty soups; bready things; store-cupboard suppers; pasta & rice; mezze & tapas; roast, grill & barbeque; and side dishes. I’ve not bothered with any of the raw assemblies and, being wheat intolerant, the bread and pasta sections aren’t for me but I love the comfort food and soup recipes and the store-cupboard section is full of great, cheap and easy meal ideas. Here are some of the recipes we love from the book:

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Review: Low-Carb & Gluten Free, Vegetarian Cookbook

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Celia Brooks’ Low-Carb & Gluten Free, Vegetarian cookbook is one of the first cookbooks we bought when we moved in together and has been a great source of healthy, simple meal ideas that suit our dietary needs. Celia Brooks is a chef and food writer who started this cookbook when working as a private chef for film director Stanley Kubrick and his family.

The book starts off with an introduction about eating a low-carb diet, with emphasis on the importance of eating plenty of vegetarian protein, healthy fats, low-carb vegetables and avoiding sugar. The recipes are then split into the following sections:

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