For those with family members on gluten-free diets there
are several new cookbooks: The family-friendly gluten-free
(New Holland) is by Sarah King, who with her
husband Mitch owns the Gluten-free Grocer store in Auckland.
They and their four children have varying degrees of gluten
and dairy intolerance. They found buying prepared gluten-free
products expensive so Sarah King started experimenting with
making her own.
There are tips for meals and lunchboxes and lots of baking
recipes, many with dairy-free options. They range from
breads, pizzas and muffins to pies, tarts, biscuits, cakes,
puddings and sweets, with many old favourites like Afghans
and Anzac biscuits, lamingtons, pikelets, Christmas pudding
and hot cross buns.
Seriously good gluten-free cooking for kids
Books) by British chef Phil Vickery in association with Coeliac
UK is comprehensive, with recipes for babies and toddlers,
children and young adults leaving home, all of which can also
be served to adults as well - including the baby vegetable
purees as side dishes. There's an introduction explaining
coeliac symptoms and giving advice on diet.
Unlike the book above, which is all baking, the recipes in
this book are mostly main meals, sides, and snacks, with a
few baked goods and desserts. It would be a useful cookbook
for anyone with gluten intolerance in the family.
One of the super-grains people on gluten-free diets can
enjoy is quinoa (pronounced keen-wah). This grain, or more
correctly seed, originated in the Andes and contains all the
essential proteins as well as many vitamins and minerals.
Rena Patten's second book on the topic, Quinoa for
families (New Holland), includes recipes for various
varieties of the whole grain (white, red, brown), as well as
quinoa flakes and quinoa flour. They range from soups,
salads, vegetarian, meat, poultry, fish, dessert and baking,
to children's food like crunchy chicken bites, ham corn and
pea bakes and chocolate brownies.
A number of chefs who trained with Ruth Rogers and Rose
Gray at the River Cafe in London have taken that experience
with them as they've developed their careers. Jamie Oliver is
probably the best known, and locally we have Alison Lambert,
the Otago Farmers' Market chef. Another is British-born April
Bloomfield, who now runs the highly rated Spotted Pig and The
Breslin restaurants and John Dory oyster bar in New York and
has published her first book, A girl and her pig: Recipes
The recipes in this stylishly produced book are not
''cheffy'' but ones you can cook at home. There's Italian
influence from the River Cafe and some traditional British
food from her Birmingham childhood, like cabbage and bacon, a
suet-crust pie, or her take on curry. Some are simple, like
roast chicken with a ripe tomato, and bread salad with
anchovies and garlic to give a burst of flavour. A delightful
and practical book for those who like to explore interesting,