Special Diets on December 18, 2009 by

One last giveaway for the year and winners!

First and foremost, we’ve got some winners from Tuesday’s contest. Congratulations go to Libby who won Whole Grains, Every Day, Every Way by Lorna Sass and Joanna who won Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François. Thank you to all who participated in the contest.

I have two last cookbooks to give away for the year. These two books are undoubtedly helpful for those following special diets. What I like about these two books is that they’re filled with delicious recipes that anyone can enjoy, but make great reference for learning to cook for a friend or family member trying to follow a special diet. Nothing says you care like cooking up a special, gluten free dish that your loved one can indulge in.

A veritable treasury of delicious, vegan recipes.

A veritable treasury of delicious, vegan recipes.

The Vegan Table: 200 Unforgettable Recipes for Entertaining Every Guest at Every Occasion by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, author of The Joy of Vegan Baking. The title pretty much sums up this amazing book. Chock full of beautiful photographs and witty tips and tricks for vegan cooking and entertaining, we like this book because the recipes look easy to tackle and most ingredients can be found in your average supermarket. If you’re a die-hard meat lover, I cannot guarantee that this book is for you. For those of you looking to try something new won’t be disappointed.

1,000 gluten free recipes for everything from basic flour mixtures to Eggnog Bread Pudding.

1,000 gluten free recipes for everything from basic flour mixtures to Eggnog Bread Pudding.

1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes by Carol Fenster can safely be called Joy of Cooking for special diets. A close friend of the Mill, Carol has outdone herself with her latest book. She covers how to prepare everything from a basic muffin to Mustard-Sage Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Pear-Cranberry Compote. This book brings together all of the best in Carol’s repertoire- tips for what ingredients to use and where, how to convert your favorite recipe to be gluten-free and the basics of what the gluten-free diet is and why it is so important for some people. Beyond being mouth-watering, Carol’s recipes are easy-to-follow and understand. She has classified recipes that are vegetarian and quick-to-make for easy reference.

To enter for your chance to win one of these books, leave me a comment below and tell me which book you’d like and why you want to know more about that type of baking/cooking. Do you have a friend or family member on a special diet, or are you just needing more ideas for yourself. There’s no wrong answer! I’ll select a winner randomly from all who enter by midnight on Sunday, Dec. 20th.


Amber says:

The vegan book looks fantastic! I’m on a mission to prove that peak fitness and health is achievable on a supplement-free whole foods, vegan diet. I’ve lost 75 pounds, lowered my blood pressure and cholesterol and gone from couch potato to triathlete on a vegan whole foods diet. Not bad for a mid-30’s working mother.

sara says:

I would love to win either cookbook. My husband is vegan, so I am always looking for great recipes to make for him. My best friend is gluten free, so I would love to give her the gluten free cookbook.
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

Michele says:

Please enter me to win the 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes book. I’ve been slowly trying out new gluten free products. I seem to feel better when I limit gluten and am always looking for new ideas to help! Thank you!

Paulina says:

I’d like The Vegan Table… I’m a great fan of Colleen, the author. She has an amazing website, blog and podcast filled with resources for vegan living. What I really enjoy about her approach is that she’s coming from a very nurturing angle. She teaches you how to just be a happy vegan, cooking simple and healthy food.

Happy holiday season!

I am a new vegan and I would LOVE the Vegan Table. I actually saw it in the VegNews and was thinking about it! Thanks for the giveaway!

Kate says:

I’d love to win the vegan cookbook, to get some new recipe ideas when cooking for vegan/vegetarian family and friends!

Megan says:

I’d LOVE the 1000 Gluten Free Recipes, because I just tried to make sugar cookies this week and epically failed. I follow a very strict gluten free diet, but I am tired of paying head-over-heels for pre-mixed gfree sugar-cookie-in-a-box. Hopefully, I can stock up on Bob’s rice and tapioca flours and make them (and other delicious treats) from scratch with the recipes in this book.

Ashleigh says:

I would love both cookbooks, but particularly the gluten free since I am Celiac and many people in my family are on special diets for various reasons. I by Bob’s Red Mill flour galore and just recently got a hold of all-purpose gf flour and I am very excited to try it out. I love cooking and baking for my friends and family and would love to try out all 1,000 recipes! I also love sharing my gluten free findings and critiques online among my gluten free peers and would share every recipe I make!

I’ve also thought about getting better with adapting a vegetarian or vegan diet (although cheese is my weakness) and my sister is actually a vegetarian and is trying to stick to a more strict diet. Either book would be a great resources for myself, family and peers.

Best wishes and happy holiday to all!

Jennifer says:

I would love a copy of The Vegan Table! My husband recently became a vegan and has started preparing for a marathon. I’m struggling with providing a variety of vegan meals that both of us can enjoy. It’s been a little more difficult for me to make the switch. I find cookbooks to be really inspiring for helping with meal planning. Btw, I’ve stocked up on Bob’s Red Mill dried Great Northern Beans and have found a crockpot recipe for them that includes sun dried tomatoes and olives. It’s become a favorite!

Jennifer says:

I would love the 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes, because I have celiac disease and casein intolerance, plus I’m on a budget. Most everything I eat I have to cook from scratch, which while fun, often results in kitchen disasters. Of my limited library of cookbooks, most are regular books, so most recipes need to be adapted. (I don’t know what I’d do without your flours!) I could really use such a wonderful recipe book to help broaden my menu. No matter who you choose to win, I think both books are great gifts Happy holidays!

Libby says:

Dang! I’d go for the vegan one!

Amy says:

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue-
I’d love the GF Recipe Book, wouldn’t you?
Becoming a Celiac at age 33
Has done some amazing things for me…
No more fatigue and sickness is nice,
But what do I cook when I’m bored with white rice?

Bob’s corn bread, Bob’s Quinoa, Bob’s all purpose mix,
Have all come in handy when I’m in a fix.
But options are good;
and 1,000 are better…
So with that cookbook, I’d be a GF Go-Getter!

Jilly Bean says:

The Vegan book. My sister is a Veggie and her Hubby is Vegan. It’s very hard to find good cookbooks for Vegans. With that I might be able to cook something good!

Ricki says:

I’ve been baking with alternative flours and natural sweeteners for years, but have only recently begun to bake GF and would love to see the baking recipes in 1000 Gluten Free Recipes (even though I’m vegan–I’m sure there’s still much for me there!)

Nathan Jones says:

I would start my food blog with that vegan one. Snap, I might actually finally become a fat vegan (lifelong dream).

Grace Good says:

I’d love to have the 1,000 Gluten Free Recipes. I’m on a gluten free diet and only have one gluten free cookbook!

Char says:

I am interested in the gluten free book. I have had improvement in my heart symptoms since eating gluten free!

Bethany says:

Both the Vegan Book and the Gluten free book look fabulous. However, I am on the gluten free diet and am feeling tired of eating the same thing over and over. I’m trying to be creative but need a little help. Plus, my mom is also on the gluten free diet and loving it, so my whole family loves it when I come over and cook GF. I’m sure they would love me to try new things! I’m positive I would find that help in the 1,000 Gluten Free Recipe book.

April says:

I truly need the 1000 Gluten Free Recipes cookbook with a recently diagnosed wheat-allergic husband and a celiac nephew I’m at a loss for what to bake… and I love to bake! I’ve made do with your wonderful mixes but I’d sure like to be able to branch out with some confidence.

Rachel says:

I would really enjoy the 1,000 Gluten Free Recipes cookbook. I’m gluten intolerant and so my household and any guests eat gluten free and it’s always nice to have a few resources around to work from. I love trying new recipes and there’s sure to be some great ones in there. Thank you for hosting these giveaways! They are so much fun to participate in.

Michelle says:

The Vegan Table: 200 Unforgettable Recipes for Entertaining Every Guest at Every Occasion would be my pick because one of my best friends is vegan and she’s inspired me to look into eating more responsibly and healthily through a plant-based diet. Unforutnatley, my local library has ZERO vegan cook books so i’ve had to find my recipes online! Though nothin wrong with that, i’d love to have a cookbook to go to at home when i don’t want to turn on a computer! 🙂 Please grant me a x’mas present!!

mo bruno roy says:

I’m one of only a few vegan pro cyclocross racers and I’d love another cookbook to keep making delicious vegan food and prove you can be healthy, vibrant and athletic on a vegan lifestyle thanks!!

Nita says:

1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes, please! I spend way too much time converting regular recipes and would love to have a giant gluten-free cookbook to work from.

Allison says:

I’d like 1000 Gluten-Free Recipes, please! I’m starting my own local GF bakery, and I would love to gather all the knowledge I can about making really great GF food!

I would like The Vegan Table so I can surprise my vegan wife with a new recipe when she gets home from work one day.

Dren says:

The Vegan Table would be so helpful: I’m starting a vegetarian meal swap in January.

Lisa says:

The Vegan Table sounds like a great resource to have, especially because I haven’t had much experience with entertaining and I would love to be able to serve meat-eating guests some tasty vegan food!

Amy K says:

I like Amy’s poem up there! Like her, I was in my 30s when I went gluten-free (well, 30 exactly, and just a few months ago). Being GFree makes me and my gluten-intolerant son want to dance and write poetry too! I’d love to be entered into the drawing for Carol’s book. 🙂

elaine says:

I love the pizza recipe in 1,000 gluten free recipe’s book. My friend made it for me and I was astounded at the flavor and crispy texture. I have had my sights on that book for awhile.

Cheryl says:

My sister and her boyfriend are gluten-free and since they are living with me right now, mealtimes can be pretty challenging. It would be great to have 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes to make the process easier!

Jill H. says:

The Gluten-Free Cookbook for me…while no one in our family has issues w/ Gluten, several of DD’s classmates do..and I’d lvoe to learn more so we can have safe “treats” for all in her class.

Art B. says:

I would LOVE to win the 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes cookbook for my son. Before he was diagnosed with celiac disease last year at age 14, he was just learning how to cook. This year has been a huge learning curve for us and this cookbook would benefit him for the rest of his life!

Janet-Lee says:

I would love the Gluten Free cookbook – I have tried for a long time to go gluten free- but don’t seem to be able to come up with recipes that are good. And now Im at a point where I really need help. Thank you so much for considering me.

Margie Perez says:

I have started taking flaxseed meal and phyllium husks together. do you have phyllium husks

Sandy says:

My dad was diagnosed with Celiac in 1959 (a tough diagnosis, but they made it!)
I’m 62, and have had Celiac all my life. “The Joy of Cooking” is my favorite cookbook. You compare “1000 Gluten Free Recipes” to that. If I won the contest, I would have a gluten free alternative I would use daily!
I would also use the oats and oat flour to make some of the old Macedonian recipes my mom converted for my dad.
Thanks for the opportunity!

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