Sunday, January 18, 2015

Book Review & Giveaway: Gluten Free on a Budget (Plus Paula Deen Riding a Ham)

IT'S A BOOK TOUR YA'LL. 


...yelled Paula Deen as she rode her honey-baked ham off into the sunset. (Don't use your imagination because there is no way it will come close to this picture.) 

I KNEW the Paula Deen Riding things meme would come in handy one day. I just didn't think it would be four years later while writing a post about my friend Chandice's new book.. Ok brain, I see how it is. You do you. 

Chandice and I first met (in real-life) in September when she came to NYC to host a 'Celebrate Celiac' event.   

Since then she's created a book, which she somehow managed while also creating a human (baby Lucyella!). And running the #1 gluten free giveaway site Gluten Free Frenzy, and hosting events through Gluten Free Calendar, and contributing to Delight Gluten Free Magazine.  

I can't even keep a succulent alive. <insert crying emoji>.


Gluten Free on a Budget was written by Chandice and her mom, Tana, to support others on their gluten free journey. They explain that eating gluten free doesn't have to break the bank, and share recipes that you just KNOW they've eaten as a family countless times. It really is a peek into their lives, and their kitchens. 

Also helps that Chandice and Tana are quite possibly the sweetest, most welcoming mother-daughter duo, which comes across in their storytelling. When I was reading it I felt actual hugs. (Though the 'hugs' may have been from the blanket I was cocooned since my mom keeps the heat at a balmy 65.)

Here's what you can expect:

  • A number of helpful sections in the beginning that cover everything from stocking your gluten free pantry, to buying in bulk to save money, to packing fun, bento-box-style lunches. (Hello where were these when I was in elementary school! And middle school.. and high school.)
  • Countless recipes for every part of a meal, including gluten free remakes of family classics like fluffy buttermilk pancakes, chicken pot pie, cheesy chive biscuits, and brown butter snickerdoodle cookies.
  • Tana's tips: most recipes include a tip from Tana about choosing better-for-you ingredients (e.g. buying nitrate free sausage), or cutting costs (e.g. make your own buttermilk).  
  • Pictures with almost every recipe. This is SO important to me when picking out a cookbook. You eat with your eyes! 
  • Recipe forwards from Chandice and Tana sharing their family history with each and every dish.  

And here's a quick peek inside:


Like what you see? Click here to order your copy on Amazon, or enter the giveaway below. Or both! Go crazy! See if I care! (Eeeeep sorry some snark just crept out. LOVE YA GUYZ.)

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And just for good measure......

44 comments:

  1. The gluten free food item that I've splurged the most on is a collection of specialty gluten free flours (almond flour, GF all-purpose flour, coconut flour, etc.)

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    1. yep, those flours surely add up! no way around that haha

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  2. I splurge on all of the gluten free flours so that I can bake

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    1. do you buy individual flours, or a GF flour mix? I usually go with a pre-mixed blend, but curious to hear what others use!

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  3. I have splurged the most of almond flour.

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    1. ooo good one. what kind of recipes do you make with it?? pretty sure I have a bag sitting in my cabinet that I haven't touched in AGES.

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  4. I splurge on the gf bread off the shelf instead of making it myself

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    1. me too!! usually canyon or three bakers

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  5. gf rainbow cookies... I buy 5 boxes at a time when my supermarket has them in stock!

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    1. I have never seen such a thing! what brand are they?

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  6. I splurge on GF English Muffins by Food for Life - I have always loved English Muffins and missed them terribly when I went GF. Those suckers cost over $6 for 6, but they are still a treat I splurge on!

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    1. ME TOO. in college I ate one of the thomas english muffins every. single. day. good to know that you like food for life brand! I'll give it a go.

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  7. I just bought a $5 pizza the size of a salad plate. And it was good! I justified it by realizing while yes I could just MAKE my own pizza this was like fast food- which there is no GF fast food in my small town... so if I'd pay Burger King $5 for a meal (obviously not really) then why not buy myself a quick pizza.

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    1. HA been there, that's for sure. I've never regretted ordering a gf pizza no matter how stupidly overpriced :)

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  8. I splurge on Glutino gf English muffins and today I found Mission brand gf soft tortillas-bought 3 packages!

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    1. perfect timing - I've been looking for a gf soft tortilla brand to try! will give mission brand a go.

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  9. I splurge the most on Trader Joe's GF Joe-Joe's. Especially during the holidays when they come out with the Candy Cane ones…mmmmm

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    1. uuuhhmm a few months ago I ate an entire box in 1 week as 'research'.

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  10. O'doughs seeded gf bagels....they are awesome to make a breakfast sandwich with!

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    1. that's the first I've heard of that brand! looks like they carry it at a store not too far from my apartment. i'll have to give it a go.

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  11. I'm not sure what I'd splurge on...very slim pickins in my neck of the world (nowhere in the middle of Washington state).

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    1. oh man! I beat you get reaaaally creative cooking at home though..

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  13. I splurge on really good flour....and organic fruits!

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  14. When I disc Cate&Co in Napa California I just about handed over my wallet.

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    1. um I just checked out their website and I am actually dead of jealousy.

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  15. Sometimes cooking gluten-free food gets to pricey. I am happy to see a book addressing this with delicious-sounding recipes. I NEED this book!

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  16. I buy gluten free bread because if I would make homemade, I would eat the whole loaf hot. Especially if I add cinnamon and raisins and then drizzle with vanilla frosting. Splurging on frozen bread versus making homemade, saves me tons on calories and saves my waistline.

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    1. TOTALLY AGREE. keeping bread in the freezer stops me from flying through the whole loaf! I usually go for Canyon or Three Bakers

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  17. I splurge on good GF flour - every once in a while I want a good muffin or cookie:)

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  18. Gluten-free flours. Too many flour mixes out there that are JUST different enough to have you buy ANOTHER ingredient!

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    1. I hear ya! I've started using Cup4Cup for pretty much everything.. it's a bit pricey but I always get great results!

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  19. I splurge on gluten free flours especially coconut flour since I use so much of it.

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    1. oohhh what kinds of recipes do you make with coconut flour? I've always wanted to try it but never know quite what to do with it.

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  20. I would love to have great cookbooks to help guide me in 2015!

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  21. I'd have to agree on the GF flours! And I'm getting ready to splurge on some protein powder and Expandex to make some GF breads I've been wanting to try.

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    1. innnteresting, i've never heard of expandex - quite the funny name, but looks like it really works!

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  22. I think I splurge most on gluten free beer... I miss it so much!

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    1. uhhhh HOW are you the first person to say beer??! such a good answer! have you tried glutenberg yet? it's new and kind of hard to find, but definitely worth it

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  23. I splurge on almond flour which is so expensive.

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  24. I splurge the most on gluten-free pizza.

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