Although the restrictive gluten-free diet was developed specifically for those suffering from celiac disease, a digestive disorder in which eating gluten damages the small intestine, giving up gluten has become an increasingly popular wellness habit among those without the allergy. "Today, as many as one in three Americans avoids gluten—a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye—thereby eliminating grains and cereals from the diet," according to Lisa Mosconi, PhD, a neurologist and associate director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Considering the fact that only 1% of the population suffers from celiac disease and approximately another 6% suffer from other gluten sensitivities, these numbers are staggering. "For the other 93% of us, a gluten-free diet is not only unnecessary but can do more harm than good," warns Mosconi, potentially increasing our risk of heart disease and harming our brain's health by cutting out much-needed fiber from our diets.
If you do suffer from celiac disease or other gluten sensitivities, navigating the dietary restriction can be challenging, so we've found nine of the most comprehensive gluten-free cookbooks to help you steer clear of gluten-containing grains. Spanning a collection of science-backed recipes developed by a neurologist to a compilation of no-fuss whole-food recipes created by an award-winning food blogger, these gluten-free cookbooks are filled with recipes worth bookmarking.
Perfect For: Those looking for recipes supported by science-backed research. Neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, exposes the effects of wheat, sugar, and carbs on the brain and shares recipes specifically designed to reduce the risk of everyday conditions such as forgetfulness, headaches, and insomnia, as well as serious conditions like epilepsy, Alzheimer's, and ADHD.
Recipe to Try: Gruyère-Glazed Pork Chops and Cauliflower "Couscous"
Perfect For: Gluten-free dieters who've run out of dinner ideas. This cookbook offers a long list of easy-to-make meals that are far from mundane, complete with shopping lists for faster grocery runs, make-ahead meal options, and suggestions for how to make the most of leftovers.
Recipe to Try: Barbecue Salmon With Peach Salsa
Perfect For: Gluten-free comfort food lovers. From the creator of the popular food blog Yummy Beet, this gluten-free cookbook contains recipes for more than 50 hearty, healthy, delicious bowls along with an easy-to-follow "Whole Bowls Formula" for whipping up quick, everyday meals using ingredients you already have on hand.
Recipe to Try: Sunny Citrus Bowls With Orange Pomegranate Salsa and Lemon Cream
Perfect For: Those who follow Kristin Cavallari. In her first cookbook, the reality-television veteran demonstrates that following a clean diet can be easy and enjoyable. In True Roots, Cavallari divulges over 100 of her own tried-and-true (not to mention, delicious) gluten-, dairy-, and refined sugar–free recipes.
Recipe to Try: Zucchini Almond Butter Blondies
Perfect For: Anyone looking for healthy, no-fuss, whole-food recipes. The blogger behind the Saveur award-winning blog The First Mess, Laura Wright, shares over 125 beautiful, nourishing, plant-based recipes in her early anticipated debut cookbook.
Recipe to Try: Roasted Eggplant and Olive Bolognese
Perfect For: Gluten-free dieters who don't wan to give up comfort-food classics. Best-selling author, passionate home cook, and former television food star Melissa Hemsley presents 120 delicious plant-based recipes in her latest cookbook, Eat Happy, including healthier takes on takeaway favorites.
Recipe to Try: Breaded Chicken Katsu Curry
Perfect For: Anyone who owns a juicer. From the founders of Greenhouse Juice Co., a wildly popular Canada-based cold-pressed juicery, this cookbook contains 50 recipes for the brand's sought-after juices, milks, and tonics, as well as 50 plant-based recipes to be eaten with a fork.
Recipe to Try: Spicy Mushroom Tacos With Crispy Tempeh
Perfect For: Busy people. This award-winning cookbook is packed with approachable recipes, including one-pot meals that are perfect for time-crunched home cooks, and offers practical tips for how to stock a gluten-free pantry.
Recipe to Try: Kale, Butternut Squash, and Black Bean Chili
Perfect For: Gluten-free home cooks who love to entertain. In Natural Feasts, New York Times best-selling author Ella Mills shares plant-based recipes for entertaining friends and family, whether you're hosting a casual brunch or a fancy dinner.
Recipe to Try: Pea, Zucchini, and Coconut Risotto