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14 Cookbooks Under 20$ To Make Gluten Your Bitch

Updated on February 06, 2017

Going gluten-free may be one of the latest trends when it comes to healthy nutrition, but many people don't just eliminate gluten from their diets based on a foodie trend statement. Between full-blown sensitivity and mild intolerance, thousands of people have to keep their distance from gluten as much as possible. Unfortunately, this protein is hard to avoid sometimes as it is found naturally in many everyday foods such as rye, wheat, barley and their byproducts.

However, food and fun go hand-in-hand. So, it's a total shame to stealthily store GF snacks in your pockets only to nibble on the sneak every time non-gluten bites hit the scene. Dear readers, take heart! If you are looking for a tasty and safe way out of this gluten maze, these 14 cookbooks can save you lots of dough while making gluten your bitch. Give your bored stomach a break with mouthwatering main dishes, delicious desserts and all-time classic snacks which are tasty enough to make you want to go gluten-free, even if you don't have to.

1. Gluten is my Bitch

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As an antidote to the tragic news that indulging in a bowl of regular pasta or glazed donuts comes with some unpleasant side effects, “Gluten is my Bitch: Rants, Recipes, and Ridiculousness for the Gluten-Free” is an out-of-the-ordinary cookbook every gluten-free kitchen needs to own. April Peveteaux, the mastermind behind this masterpiece, provides 40 comfort food recipes -plus 20 more if you decide to get your hands on the paperback edition- to help you transition into this GF side of eating. But, delicious recipes aside, this cookbook serves up a huge platter of snickers and laughter on how uncomfortable life can get if gluten takes charge and how you can turn the tables. Between eating out do's and don'ts, traveling as a gluten sensitive/intolerant individual and dealing with kids on a GF diet, there is no doubt that “Gluten is my Bitch” is one of the best gluten-free cookbooks out there.

2. The How It Can Be Gluten Free Cookbook

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When you are on a mission to lead a tastier gluten-free lifestyle, few things are more disappointing than tracking down the perfect recipe only to discover it requires countless ingredients, cooking tools you haven't even heard of before and way more prep time than your current hunger status can take. But, here is where “The How It Can Be Gluten-Free Cookbook” steps in and saves the day.

Gluten-free food can get a bad rap as being boring, bland and tasteless. This cookbook banishes this stereotype by schooling you on the science of gluten and breaking down the different GF grains you need to know. To set you on the right foot on this new culinary adventure, the cooks at America Test Kitchen introduce you to a flour blend every gluten-free kitchen needs to own. And this is when the fun begins.

Between baked macaroni and cheese for those lazy movie nights, mouthwatering waffles if you are a breakfast junkie and chocolate chip cookies to satisfy the sweet tooth, this gluten-free cookbook will make you forget all your eating worries.

3. The How It Can Be Gluten-Free Cookbook Vol.2

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We get it! It's super difficult to content yourself with a kale salad while others enjoy delicious barbecue foods which you are not even allowed even to sniff. So, if you are tired of store-bought gluten-free foods that taste like Styrofoam, “The How It Can Be Gluten-Free Cookbook Vol.2” deserves a spot in your kitchen cabinet.

With 190 easy-to-follow recipes for your favorite breakfast meals, desserts (we're looking at you, Cheesecake!) and comfort foods, this gluten-free cookbook is a game-changer. From coconut-cashew muffins (yum!) to chicken enchiladas, get ready to challenge your taste buds gluten-free style without making a discount on flavor.

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4. The Everything Gluten-Free Cookbook For Slow Cookers

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Are you team chicken Alfredo pasta or team bacon corn chowder? Well, who cares? No matter which combo hits the spot, “The Everything Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Cookbook” contains more than 300 GF riffs on your favorite dishes.

And because our cooking philosophy remains the same no matter the season (the easier to prepare, the better, right?), why not throw a bunch of ingredients into a slow cooker and let them do their thing? Nothing screams cozy and effortless like steaming all the right ingredients to perfection as you buy more time under the covers after a hard day's work. Ready to get your hands on a bucket of Barbeque Western Ribs to match that movie tonight?

5. Danielle Walker's Against All Grain

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This visually attractive gluten-free cookbook is even more impressive when you hear the story about the blogger behind it, Danielle Walker, a New York Times best-selling author who has been struggling with an autoimmune disease since the age of 22. In a true when-life-hands-you-lemons type of story, Danielle taught herself how to eat healthily without letting delightful flavors and lots of time slip through her fingers.

Against All Grains: Meals Made Simple” is a cookbook that rightfully lives up to its name. More than 100 simple yet delicious GF recipes help you celebrate your new-found lifestyle with a little help from rich breakfast options, out-of-the-ordinary salads, creative zoodle combos (veggie pasta is no joke!), mouthwatering desserts and much more. It's time someone taught us how to go “against all grain”!

6. Gluten-Free Classic Snacks

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Whether it is those yummy girl scout cookies or Hershey's Kit Kat Crisp Wafers, we all smile at the thought of our favorite childhood snacks. Sadly, the gluten-free renditions of all-time classic snacks like these were either out of reach or hard to find as we were growing up. However, we all deserve a trip down memory lane from time to time, even if it means we may put ourselves in a food coma.

If you are intrigued by the thought of indulging in the GF version of your favorite Nabisco Nilla Wafers or a couple of Hostess Twinkies, “Gluten-Free Classic Snacks: 100 Recipes for the Brand-Name Treats You Love” is a great place to start. All the non-gluten rockstar snacks from back in the day have nothing holding over our heads now!

7. Gluten-Free On A Shoestring

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“Let's go gluten-free!” That is a suggestion gluten-sensitive people have heard multiple times, but few actually know how to do it themselves – at least, not without spending lots of time in pursuit of the best gluten-free recipes. And even when you do find something to satiate your hunger without teasing your gluten-sensitive stomach, you still end up spending lots of dough. At the end of the day, it all sounds like a big yawn!

But, don't get discouraged just yet! The good news is that all of these doesn't need to be true – not since the “Gluten-Free On A Shoestring” cookbook hit the scene. Containing 125 gluten-free easy-to-follow recipes on the cheap, not only will this cookbook help you make gluten your bitch, but it will also save you a pretty penny down the line.

It's a total shame to stealthily store gluten-free snacks in your pockets only to nibble on the sneak every time non-gluten bites hit the scene.

8. Gluten-Free Small Bites

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Even though binging on a pack of potato chips equals to a crunchy, yummy earthquake right there in your mouth, it doesn't mean that there are no other equally tasty options for snacking healthily while on the go – especially when gluten restrictions could turn your eating schedule into a hot mess. Cheddar Hush Puppies, Pizza Pinwheels, Chicken Empanadas and Fried Pickle Chips are just some of the delicious alternatives Nicole Hunn shares with us in her most recent gluten-free cookbook, “Gluten-Free Small Bites: Sweet and Savory Hand-Held Treats for On-the-Go Lifestyles and Entertaining”.

Give the tastiest and easiest answer to those days when the best dinner option dangles between a cold, store-bought sandwich or an even colder bowl of leftover soup. From classic crowd-pleasers such as jalapeno poppers to family-friendly, bite-sized delights such as mini pies, this is definitely one of the best gluten-free cookbooks out there.

9. The Gluten-Free Bread Machine Cookbook

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What if we told you that you don't have to give up French toast and thick pizza crusts, even if your gluten-sensitive stomach says otherwise? Although making your own bread at home seems challenging, “The Gluten-Free Bread Machine Cookbook: 175 Recipes for Splendid Breads and Delicious Dishes to Make With Them” turns baking into a fun hobby. From sourdough-based treats to holiday bread recipes, this gluten-free cookbook is the ideal way to complement your meals with original bread delicacies without the hassle of kneading.

10. Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking

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Despite common belief, cooking up gourmet and artisanal meals doesn't require years of expertise. From shopping all the right ingredients as you cruise the GF aisle to cooking to perfection, “Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking: 275 Great-Tasting, From-Scratch Recipes from Around the World” is the perfect approach to ease your way into a gluten-free cooking mindset, especially if you are new to this world.

Between dishes inspired from international cuisines such as Pork Tamales or Tortellini and numerous “forbidden” snacks (think Carrot Cake and Blueberry Pie), the 275 recipes in this gluten-free cookbook prove beyond a doubt that having a gluten-sensitive stomach doesn't mean sacrificing your favorite flavors.

11. Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle

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What was your first reaction when you found out you suffer from Celiac disease? Certainly not to enroll in a pastry school! Jokes aside, that's exactly what Kyra Bussanich did as she didn't feel like letting gluten boss her life around. After lots of hard work and sheer dedication to the art of baking, she managed to earn the title of the first gluten-free winner of “Cupcake Wars”. And this is -more or less- how one of the best gluten-free dessert cookbooks out there came to life.

Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle” is the living proof that gluten-free sweet treats can taste just as good as regular desserts. Be it a Mexican Chocolate Baked Alaska or the rockstar of this cookbook, Persian Love Cakes With Cardamom Buttercream, Kyra knows how to hit the sweet spot without taking a toll on your gluten sensitivity or intolerance -or hers, for that matter.

12. The Gluten-Free Cookbook for Families

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Another cookbook that refuses to accept that gluten-free equals carb-free and for a good reason! We can't even begin to describe how hard it is for an adult to go through the gluten-free motions, let alone a child. That was the idea behind “The Gluten-Free Cookbook for Families: Healthy Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less”. As cooking for a family with diverse dietary needs is indeed a challenge, this gluten-free cookbook contains various recipes which are not only easy to prepare but also suitable for Coeliacs of all ages. Ready to dive in some of the most splurge-worthy GF meals you've ever tasted?

13. Italian, Mexican and Asian Gluten-Free Recipe Cookbook

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Whether you have embarked on the gluten-free voyage for quite some time now or you are relatively new to this world, a little guidance is always appreciated – especially when international flavors are thrown into the mix. From Italy's bite-sized delights and swoon-worthy Latin flavors to Asia's best dishes, “The Gloriously Gluten-Free Cookbook: Spicing Up Life With Italian, Mexican, and Asian Recipes” is your go-to cookbook for those nights when a boring rice cake just doesn't cut it.

14. The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen

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In a diet without gluten, international flavors often become extinct. Signature ingredients such as noodles, pasta and barley are off-limits turning every dish featuring them into a health trap. The Asian cuisine is one of the first to pay the price considering anything from dumplings to soy sauce contain gluten. In an attempt to turn things around when it comes to this cuisine and gluten, “The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen: Recipes for Noodles, Dumplings, Sauces, and More” expands your GF repertoire with delicious dishes inspired by the cuisines of Thailand, Korea, Japan, China and Vietnam. Be it Korean Green Onion Pancakes or Soba Noodles with Stir-Fried Shiitake Mushrooms, your gluten-eating friends won't even notice the difference.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for sharing these interesting titles on the gluten-free cookbook list. Very helpful and useful.

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      Kyriaki Chatzi 5 weeks ago

      Thank you for your kind words, MsDora!

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