Being gluten free doesn’t mean flavour free. Finding alternatives to traditional flours can be experimental at best and a complete disaster at worst! I was excited to read Eat Happy Too, the second gluten free cookbook from Anna Vocino which includes sauces and pastries, cakes and biscuits which all traditionally rely on gluten.
I’ll be perfectly honest, this cook book contains a lot of meat dishes so I was a little disappointed that there weren’t more vegetarian and vegan recipes. Having said that, many of the meat substitutes available in supermarkets these days could easily be swapped. I did also wonder at the availability of some of the ingredients in the UK (the writer is US based): I’ve never spotted coconut nectar or spaghetti squash in my local shop…
I liked the way that many recipes offered dairy free or an alternative to make it so. This book attempts to reduce sugar but author Anna Vocino stresses that this book is not for those trying to diet. The cakes, muffins and cookies would all be favourites for my kids but the reduced sugar content makes me feel better as a mum too 🙂
There are the usual starters, mains and sweets sections as well as side dishes and sauces. There are also cocktails: remember these for your gluten free guests too!
I have highlighted a few recipes that caught my eye and I intend to try out: baba ganouj, lemongrass thyme cauiflower steaks, mango orange dreamsicles, cilantro green goddess dressing (I am obsessed with coriander so will be making this asap!)
The photos in the book are very tempting: they are bright and colourful and convey the message that gluten free food is interesting and delicious.
I think Eat Happy Too is a good source of culinary inspiration for all kinds of dietary needs and look forward to trying out some of these recipes with my family.
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Eat Happy Too: 160+ New Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low Carb Recipes for a Joyful Life
Publication Date: September 17th. 2019
Genre: Cook Book/ Healthy Eating/ Recipes
Anna Vocino is back with Eat Happy Too: 160+ NEW delicious grain-free, gluten-free, low carb recipes that are also free of processed sugars. Get back to cooking and retrain your taste buds to love food again. You’ll be shocked at how good food can taste!
Eat Happy Too has 160 more starters, mains, sides, soups, casseroles, slow cooker AND Instant Pot recipes, plus breakfast and a chapter to learn how to make sauces and dressings from scratch and not be stuck buying chemical laden versions from the grocery store. There is also a desserts chapter which has some SPLURGE recipes made from the finest ingredients, so that when you have something to celebrate, you can do it with minimal metabolic effect on your body.
Half of the recipes have dairy, half are dairy free, and most of the recipes with dairy can be made dairy free for those who want to limit their dairy intake. The book ends with a few lower carb cocktail recipes for those who want to play mixologist.
Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2002, Anna Vocino struggled to manage the effects of autoimmune disease and middle age weight gain while still being able to eat delicious and satisfying foods. In 2012, she started podcasting with Vinnie Tortorich and changed her way of eating to not only be gluten free, but also grain and sugar free. Her first cookbook, Eat Happy, is an Amazon best seller, and her audience made it very clear MORE RECIPES, PLEASE!
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About the Author
Anna is the author of Eat Happy and Eat Happy Too. Her cookbooks are filled with gluten and grain free recipes that celebrate her half Southern, half Italian-girl heritage. She hopes you enjoy every tasty recipe from cover to cover.
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