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Book review of Gluten-Free On A Shoestring by Nicole Hunn

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Book Review Gluten-Free On A Shoestring by Nicole Hunn

Gluten-Free On A Shoestring by Nicole Hunn

2011 copyright (c) Da Capo Press, all rights reserved

The Bottom Line

Nicole Hunn, author of Gluten-Free On A Shoestring cooks for a family of 5, including a son with Celiac disease. Nicole started blogging at Gluten-Free On A Shoestring where she offers up tips and family-friendly recipes designed to help other families eat well while sticking to a sensible food budget. Nicole notes that she succeeded in reducing her weekly food budget from $175 down to $100. Impressive!

Gluten-Free On A Shoestring includes 125 basic, family-friendly recipes, tips, lists and resources designed to help gluten-free cooks cut their food budgets while eating real food with real nutritious value. Nice!


  • 125 budget-conscious gluten-free recipes that emphasize home cooking
  • Recipes focus on basic family-friendly foods
  • Extensive how-to lists for building your GF pantry, shopping lists and finding gluten-free bargains
  • Lots of appealing recipes for easy global fare like "gluten-free lo mein" and "potstickers"
  • Money-saving comparisons included with a variety of recipes


  • Only 8 recipe photos included


  • Gluten-Free On A Shoestring by Nicole Hunn, published by Da Capo Press, March 2011.
  • Book contains 125 "Easy Recipes for Eating Well on the Cheap," 256 pages including index.
  • Text includes 8 full page, color recipe photographs.
  • Dozens of recipes for gluten-free staples including breads, rolls, crusts, stocks, sauces, favorite cookies and more.
  • Tips for finding money-saving gluten-free bargains online, at the supermarket and at warehouse clubs.
  • Recipes can easily be converted to "gluten-free / dairy-free" for those on "GFCF" diets.

Guide Review - Book review of Gluten-Free On A Shoestring by Nicole Hunn

Gluten-Free On A Shoestring author Nicole Hunn began writing about gluten-free "home cookin' in the new economy" at her popular blog of the same name.

Gluten-Free On A Shoestring will show you how to:

  • Plan and stock a money-saving gluten-free pantry
  • Find and use money-saving gluten-free coupons
  • Use supermarket and food company websites to hunt for bargains
  • Follow a once-a-week cooking plan to make basic gluten-free staples like gluten-free pizza and pasta dough, chicken stock and sauces which will be conveniently ready for a weeks' worth of meals
  • Follow a once-a-month cooking plan and freeze family favorites like gluten-free mac and cheese, gluten-free cookies, dinner rolls, breads and even potato gnocchi.
  • Turn gluten-free recipes into gluten-free / dairy-free (GFCF) recipes and more.

Nicole emphasizes that Gluten-Free On A Shoestring is not a "chefy" cookbook, but rather one full of basic, familiar comfort foods -- great news for parents of gluten-free kids that prefer simple foods over gourmand, unfamiliar foods and tastes.

A "commitment to cooking" is important to successfully utilize the myriad tips and lists included in the book, including how to stock a gluten-free pantry, shopping lists, how to order gluten-free ingredients online, shop gluten-free at your supermarket and how to save money shopping gluten-free at warehouse clubs.

If you don't enjoy cooking from scratch -- or don't have the time to cook from scratch you may find that this cookbook isn't for you. Since I love cooking, I am totally thrilled to add this practical, timely and very good gluten-free cookbook to my collection. I can't wait to try Nicole's gluten-free wonton wrapper and pot sticker recipes!

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