Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Gluten-Free & Vegan

I don't have a sensitivity to gluten (thank god), but sadly, lots of vegans (and omnis) do. And that means no conventional baked goods, no seminola pasta, and most depressingly, no seitan. That has to suck. Of course, you can create your own gluten-free goodies, but for many, gluten-free baking and cooking is a whole new world. Even people who are quite adept in the kitchen at creating gluten-containing foods may be clueless when no flour or other wheat products are allowed.

Enter The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking. I was asked to review this new book, and even though I'm not giving up gluten, I'm always up for learning something new. I've never attempted gluten-free baking and only ever tried cutting gluten during my annual 21-day January cleanses.

The first thing I tried were the Baked Chickenless Nuggets:

These little finger foods are made with pressed and marinated tofu. Instead of a flour breading, these are coated with a mixture of chickpea flour and crushed cornflakes. I've made lots of variations of tofu nuggets in my day, and these are pretty darn fantastic. Perfect dipped into a homemade agave-mustard sauce.

While this recipe really didn't branch out into new territory for me, there are several things I want to try that do. Perhaps most interestingly, there's a recipe for gluten-free seitan! What?! I didn't even know that was possible. That's like saying, gluten-free gluten. I'm actually cooking up a batch right now. But I'm not planning to blog about it until I use it in a chili on Thursday. So stay tuned.

Also exciting: Shepherdess' Pie, Drunken Black Beans (made with gluten-free beer), Multi-Grain Sandwich Bread, Savory Kale Chips with Hemp and Flaxseeds, and of course plenty of xgfx desserts. The Chocolate Chip Cookies, Mochi Cream Puffs with Vegan Pastry Cream, and Lemon-Yogurt Pound Cake are all on my to-make list.


climbinvegan said...

I actually bought this book when I discovered my potential intolerance to gluten. It's pretty helpful, but I knew most of what it talks about. The recipes are also helpful, but I rarely make treats like those chicken nuggets since they require so many ingredients.

I do enjoy the funny tidbits and jokes that are in these types of books.. makes reading a bit lighter. :) curious how your gluten free seitan turns out... best of luck!

bitt said...

whoa, new comment page, huh?

I am interested in this book being both GF and vegan. I am so interested in the seitan, I have never even had it, I think I went GF before it was invented. :-(

Caitlin said...

omigosh, i never heard of this book! i need to get it asap- it sounds fantastic! and those nuggets look so crispy and tasty!

xvavaveganx said...

I'm so glad you posted this! Unfortunately I do have a gluten intolerance and I've been looking for a gluten free vegan cookbook for a long time but for some reason I never came across this book in my searches. I've done ok on my own but it is always nice to have a go to book when you feel like indulging or not thinking for once, especially with gluten free baking. Thanks so much for the great review I'll definitely have to check this book out!

Sarah said...

My bro-in-law actually bought me this book for Christmas! I've only tried the waffles so far but they were really good.

Anonymous said...

Don't know if you already saw this, but I just thought it was cool...


Vegan Memphis write up in huffPo!
yay for publicity for Imagine!

Bianca said...

Anonymous, yep, I saw it! I actually ate at Imagine with Carolyn when she was in town. Yea!!!

Rachel @ Rachel in Veganland said...

this cook book review couldn't have come at a better time! I've recently discovered I have gluten sensitivity and have been cutting down on gluten in my diet. This book looks like it has some great GF recipes!