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Cookbook Review: The Gluten Free Asian Kitchen

The Gluten Free Asian Cookbook- 
Oh how I love Asian food! When you have a gluten allergy or celiac disease like I do, many of your favorite Asian dishes can be difficult to find. Dumplings, noodle dishes and even your favorite sauces can be found in this lovely cookbook. The pictures are superb, making it even easier to follow these not-so-traditional but delicious recipes. Most aren’t too difficult, however, if you don’t cook with Asian ingredients often, the supermarket trip may be a new experience for you. We really enjoy Bountiful Baskets in our local area and they occasionally offer an Asian veggie pack which is a great time to get this cookbook out and start cooking!

The following is the press release for this lovely cookbook.

Just before the abundance of holiday cooking and feasting, it is simplicity that guides the menu.  For many families the question of what to serve for dinner the day before a holiday is answered with popular take-out options, like Chinese or Thai food.  But for anyone on a gluten-free diet, safe take-out is far from simple and many Asian favorites are not an option.  Asian food poses hidden challenges for the gluten-free diner or cook because essential condiments like soy sauce, tamari, and even oyster sauce and hoisin sauce can be thickened or sweetened with wheat.  In trying to dodge these roadblocks, it can be hard for the gluten-free diner to find even a simple stir-fry that’s safe to eat.  That’s why food writer Laura B. Russell’s recipes are something to be thankful for.  Her pre-Thanksgiving Kung Pao Chicken and Christmas Eve Pot Stickers are not only easy to make, but they are also gluten-free.
In The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen, Russell shines the spotlight on Asian cooking, focusing on the cuisines of China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam, and making them fair-game for everyone, including gluten-free cooks.  Along with sharing easy, approachable recipes, Russell demystifies Asian ingredients and helps readers navigate the grocery store so that everyone can enjoy popular dishes from some of the world’s best-loved Asian cuisines.
Beyond tasty meal-planning solutions, The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen offers a unique collection of appetizers for holiday entertaining. Instead of the usual cocktail party noshes—notoriously difficult for gluten-free diners—liven up the party with full-flavored dishes such as Roasted Pork Meatballs, Salad Rolls with Crab and Spicy Mango Sauce, Grilled Pork Satay, and Shrimp and Sweet Potato Tempura Pancakes. These party favorites have all of the goodness with none of the gluten.
Russell’s vivacious new collection of gluten- and dairy-free recipes never lacks in taste, texture, or temptation.  Beautifully photographed, The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen and its wide range of Asian dishes will be a welcomed addition to the menus and global tastes of today’s gluten-free cooks.  And it just so happens to make the perfect holiday hostess gift or stocking stuffer for your food-loving friends as well.

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