By Fireweed Botanic and Books

I really love to cook, and I am always looking for more ways to incorporate vegetables and other heathy food into what I eat. For people with food sensitivities and/or allergies (me!), it can be challenging to find books that are both delicious and have easy to make recipes. All of my cooking has to be free of gluten and dairy and I don’t have a ton of free time or extra money (who does?), so the recipes can’t be too time consuming or require lots of fancy ingredients or equipment. With all of those requirements in mind, here are some of the cookbooks I reach for again and again!

Whole Food Cooking Every Day: Transform the Way You Eat with 250 Vegetarian Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar

Amy Chaplin

$40.00 $36.00

hands down my favorite! It is a beautiful and creative book that makes me excited to eat, which sometimes is difficult with so many food “issues.” All of the recipes are gluten/dairy free, and don’t contain refined sugar (some recipes use maple syrup or brown rice syrup), but they taste so good. Her base recipes are simple, and then she offers several creative ways of customizing the recipes. If you have a reasonably well stocked gluten free pantry and/or access to a bulk section at a grocery store, you should be able to make the majority of her base recipes, and you can get the more complicated ingredients a little at a time. Plus, her food photography is just beautiful! You do need a good food processor or high speed blender for some of the recipes in the cookbook. I love the bread, muffins, and waffles – truly whole grain (like blending whole millet and buckwheat groats into bread!) and taste great. The dressings are so flavorful and intensely colored. She has a genius porridge recipe. I got excited about buying beets! You get the idea.

Yumuniverse Pantry to Plate: Improvise Meals You Love--From What You Have!--Plant-Packed, Gluten-Free, Your Way!

Heather Crosby

$24.95

The layout of this cookbook is genius! For each section, she gives you a recipe template, with lots of options to customize. Then, she gives you several examples of how you could use the template by providing recipes. I love the Banzo Bakes (using garbonzo bean flour) – sort of casserole like and very comforting. Some of the recipes are kind of fiddily and complicated, but overall I really like it.

Whole Bowls: Complete Gluten-Free and Vegetarian Meals to Power Your Day

Allison Day

$24.99 $22.49

I love putting food into a giant bowl and calling it a meal, so this book is perfect for me. Generally unfussy recipes, but sometimes require a little tweaking. She tends to create the bowls together as one recipe rather than mix and match recipes.

Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat

Melissa Joulwan

$29.95 $26.96

Her recipes are easy, flavorful, and use easy-to-find ingredients. They don’t use expensive ingredients and she doesn’t have paleo-ified versions of baked goods. I really like her recipes and they are reliably tasty! They nearly are all Whole30 compliant, if that’s your thing. She has a whole series of books, and they are all great!

Latin American Paleo Cooking: Over 80 Traditional Recipes Made Grain and Gluten Free

Amanda Torres and Milagros Torres

$21.99 $19.79

Confession: I make this picadillo at least once a month. Its easy, fast, and tastes amazing. Definitely give this book a try if you're craving gluten/corn free versions of your favorite Latin American foods!

Paleo Takeout: Restaurant Favorites Without the Junk

Russ Crandall

$34.95

This book is AMAZING. All recipes are gluten/dairy free versions of many kinds of takeout type food, including Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Indian, “American Favorites,” and more (recipe list on his website, Domestic Man). The recipes turn out delcious every single time, and the ingredients and directions are straightforward. I find the recipes to be more time consuming than he predicts, so I don't cook from it all the time, but honestly, the recipes are fantastic every time I try them.

Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine: + 175 Recipes for Optimal Health

Maya Klein and Ellen Goldsmith

$24.95 $22.46

Part cookbook, part introduction to Chinese Medicine food therapy - I really love this book! It has great charts, simplifies complex topics well, and (importantly!) has delicious, simple, realistic recipies. The recipes are organized by season, too, which I love!