Cooking Light Gluten Free Cookbook Review and Giveaway

Giveaway Closed: Jessica from Allergic To Air won the cookbook. Congratulations!


I was recently sent a copy of the Cooking Light The Gluten-Free Cookbook to review.

I was excited about receiving a copy of this cookbook because I am very familiar with Cooking Light. I have owned several Cooking Light Cookbooks for years and I also subscribed to their magazine several years ago. However, I did not know that they had a Gluten Free Cookbook.

As I started looking through this cookbook, I was immediately impressed with the pictures and the layout of the cookbook. I love cookbooks with lots of pictures and the pictures are gorgeous in this book.

This cookbook is filled with gluten free baked goods and tips, but it also includes a lot of regular food that just happens to be gluten free.

A few weeks ago, I made the Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper and Cream Sauce. I added sausage to the recipe to make it a main dish and my whole family loved it. It was a pasta dish I could have served anyone.

I have several other recipes marked to try, including egg crepes with sausage and Cinnamon Raisin Muffins with Streusel Topping.

I have now been gluten free almost two years, and I have been amazed at the number of gluten free cookbooks that have been publishes since I went gluten free. Having cookbooks like this Cooking Light Gluten Free would have been so helpful when I first went gluten free. Yes, many of the recipes are normal food, that just happen to be gluten free, but having them in one place and knowing that they are safe to eat is so helpful during those months where you are trying to figure out what gluten free eating is all about.

Now, there are a few things that were a bit disappointing about this book. Overall, I really enjoyed the cookbook, but it was not your typical Cooking Light cookbook. Many of the recipes use mixes and prepackaged food and that is not something you usually see with Cooking Light. And many of the recipes are not really what I would consider light and healthy.

For example the pasta dish I mentioned above was very good, but it contained 1 cup of half and half and 1 cup of cheese. Now, you could easily use a low fat half and half and use less cheese, but if you follow the recipe as written it is not really what I would consider light.

And for those of you with nut allergies, I will mention that many of the recipes contained ingredients or mixes that you can not have. The book does not claim to be nut free, and many of them can be adapted, so this really is not an issue, I just wanted to mention it since I know many of you deal with nut allergies.

If you are new to gluten free though, or do like recipes that are quick and easy this book is something that I think you will enjoy.

And not only did Cooking Light send me a book to review, they are giving away one copy of the Cooking Light The Gluten-Free Cookbook to one of you.

To enter all you have to do is leave me a comment.

One entry per person please. Giveaway will end Saturday, September 24, 2011.

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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the Cooking Light Gluten Free Cookbook to review, but my thoughts and opinions are my own.

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures


  1. I’ve been gluten-free myself for almost 2 years. This book looks great!!

  2. Carol Guzman says:

    Just starting out being gluten free. I need help finding what foods I can eat and how to cook them.

  3. I have a friend who recently went gluten free! I would love to give the book to her if I win! She needs recipes!!!

  4. I am just coming up on 1 year gluten free. I cannot believe how much gluten was impacting my health – and how much better I feel since eliminating gluten from my diet. I would love to have the Cooking Light Cookbook — I have trouble coming up with tasty meals :)

  5. I have recently found out I have an allergy to wheat and am feeling much better eating Gluten free – I love reading your posts and recipies! I can use all the help I can get!

  6. nicole arsenault says:

    Hi Lynn! I enjoy your website. I am a dietitian and need good gluten free recipes for my clients :)

  7. I have been GF since May 2007 and have adapted so many recipes from CL’s magazines. It would be awesome to have this cookbook ~ sure would simplify things around here. :)

  8. Kim Sheehan says:

    I would love to win this cookbook for my mom who is GF. This book would be perfect for her to cook recipes that are healthy for her but are “normal” for the rest of us.

  9. Tina Markovich says:

    This book would be very helpful! We are just in the beginning stages of gluten-free cooking for my 6 year old and I struggle with finding good, healthy gluten-free meals that she will enjoy.

  10. I love Cooking Light! Have been wanting to try lower Gluten living and this would be a good way to start!

  11. Tracey Chippas says:

    We have been gluten free for a little less than a year now. I am always trying to find some good recipes to try. looking forward to reviewing it myself :)

  12. I am about to go gluten free. A cookbook like this would be so helpful.

  13. Heather Lovell says:

    This would be wonderful My home cooked GF meals are fairly limited, It is a work and progress and this would be great.

  14. Really love your blog and follow it regularly! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes that have allowed me to give up wheat so easily!

  15. I’ve been gluten-free for a few months now. Sometimes I can get so into look for “gluten-free” recipes that I forgot dishes that already happen to be gluten-free. This book would be a nice reminder of that.

  16. My daughter is gluten free and a cookbook like this woud be so helpful!

  17. Interesting. I’ve been gluten free since February and have noticed huge differences in my over all health (and am loving it!) but it can be hard to do while still making that mental adjustment. And family meals can get complicated if you’re the only one GF.. (hubby and step kids are still “normal” heh) Would love to have easier ways to adapt stuff that they won’t think of as immediately being GF.

  18. Nicole Kemnitzer says:

    I have been GF for almost a year….this looks great! I really need to find good meals my whole family can enjoy. I have two daughter who are GF too and they need to learn to cook this way.


  20. I love cookbooks! Having this would be nice, especially the recipes that are naturally gluten-free since only my husband has to eat gluten-free. Trying your peanut butter baked oatmeal today :)

  21. I was diagnosed with Celiacs over a year ago. Had the link to your site shared with me, it looks great and so does this cookbook! I’m looking forward to trying some of these tasty recipes you’ve shared.
    Gluten-free living is always a challenge, but it is made so much easier by people like you who take the time to share their knowledge and experience. Thank you!

  22. Very nice website! Appreciate the helpful tips and ideas.

  23. I love cookbooks with lots of good pictures, too :-)

  24. I love cookbooks and have a few friends that are GF. I would love to have more GF recipes.

  25. I would love to win this. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  26. This book sounds wonderful. I would love a copy. Thanks for all your great and simple recipes.

  27. Michelle Tribbey says:

    This looks like a good book. I would love to have it.

  28. Oh, that pasta sounds GREAT! Would love to try that recipe.

  29. I’d love to win this just to get inspiration in the kitchen. I’m trying to eat as much gluten free as possible for both the sake of my son’s developmental delays and for the fact that I found my own health seems to get so much BETTER when I’m on a gluten free diet.

    I also wanted to thank you for posting up the allergy recipes for nut free recipes. My son was just diagnosed with allergies to garlic and peanuts and the peanuts test was scary…it’s a miracle that the poor kid hasn’t had a TERRIBLE reaction to them (thank goodness I followed “mom instincts” and never gave him peanut butter because it just didn’t feel right to try it yet). So, basically between the gluten free thing, trying to get corn syrup and as much corn as I can really out of my son’s diet (his mood is better without it for some reason), getting garlic out of the diet (and holy cow garlic is in freaking everything!) and eliminating products that are contaminated with peanuts…I’m learning how to cook again I kid you not.

    So, anyway, this cookbook would be helpful *laugh*. Thanks for all your hard work with the site and for making this a great place for food nerds like me to hang out =D.

  30. This sounds great! I have been in a serious rut lately with our gluten free cooking and having some serious issues with our budget :(. Would love to try some new recipes!

  31. The book looks really interesting. Would love a copy!

  32. that cookbook looks great.

  33. Just found out I need to go GF…this cookbook would certainly help me!

  34. This cookbook sounds wonderful!

  35. Exciting! I really enjoy Cooking Light, I was hoping they’d make a gluten free thing sometime :)

  36. I would love to win this! I have been GF now for 5 years :)

  37. I used to love Cooking Light. I’m celiac, so I’d be interested to see how their gluten free recipes measure up. It’s disappointing to hear that many rely on prepackaged mixes though.

  38. My daughter has Chrones and needs GF. When her family is over for a meal I have a hard time cooking for her. I really know nothing about GF cooking, but would love to learn. It would maybe make them come over more so I can play with the babies. Thank you.

  39. I have a sister in law that has to eat gluten free! I would love to have a cookbook so that I could make things that she could eat.

  40. My 35 yr. old friend was just informed that she must follow a strict gluten-free diet & she doesn’t know where to start. I would love to present her with this cookbook so she has a go-to cookbook.

  41. My sis-in-law is gluten-free (& dairy, peanut free). This book would be so helpful to me to find easy, budget friendly GF meals to make for her.

  42. I am surprised that Cooking Light has a gluten free cookbook. Believe me that interests me a lot. My daughter and I are gluten free and taking non-weird food to social gatherings is always a challenge. Pick me!

  43. I have been gluten-free for a little over a week now. Boy could I use some help making choices! I am also avoiding yeast and eggs, and that makes most GF recipes I find not helpful for me.

  44. I’ve been GF since 2005, since being diagnosed with “IBS” and never getting relief. I have fibromyalgia and pulmoanry arterial hypertension, so being GF helps with those conditions.

  45. kim ledford says:

    I recently found out I have celiac and I have heard many stories of how people have gained weight since eating GF…this cookbook would help me to cook GF and light!

  46. Aubree burley says:

    My Mom has celiac and I would like to win this for her!

  47. cheryl leatherwood says:

    Love to win this book, many great ideas!

  48. Oooooooo, I would love this cookbook!!! :)

  49. Gwen Lehmkuhl says:

    My whole house went gluten free when my daughter was diagnosed with autism 2yrs ago. We are all feeling better and enjoying this new lifestyle and she continues to improve daily. It’s incredible what removing gluten has done for our family!

  50. I have a brother who has been in severe pain for approx. two years. He has had massive testing done by specialists still not knowing what is wrong. I sent him your site, Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures and he has started to see some pain relief by going gluten free. Doctor’s say he does not have Celiac Disease… but going gluten free seems to be helping. Your recipes are simple, normal and delicious. Thank you Lynn! Kim

  51. My family is not gluten free, but we have several close friends that are. I would love to have this cookbook on hand to help me think of recipes when they are coming over for dinner or when we take something over to their homes.

  52. My friend just found out she is allergic to gluten and is freaking out. I’d love to give this to her as a gift.

  53. kris kopsell says:

    My son-in-law is gluten free. He loves it when I make him things he can eat.
    I need to stay his favorite mother-in-law. We would love this cook book.

  54. Having just recently (one week ago) gone gluten free and being really into cooking, I have been on hot pursuit of recipes like these (either adapted to gf or already naturally gf in and of themselves). It would be wonderful to have them in one place and to stop dragging the laptop into the kitchen! I LOVE having REAL cookbooks!

  55. These recipes look like just the thing for our family. Two kids with wheat sensitivity. Thanks for writing about gluten free options and the contest is awesome too!

    ~The Gamble Family

  56. I just recently learned of your website as a place to find inexpensive meal ideas. I was so excited to learn that you also post gluten free recipes! I have been GF for almost 3 years and love finding new recipes. Thank you for posting the cookbook review.

  57. I’m sure we would have to make other subs because of our other food allergy issues, but a cookbook that already has the gluten free aspect taken care of would be awesome!

  58. That is amazing! I never knew Cooking Light had a gluten-free cookbook! Everything looks so yummy!

  59. Wilma Wadel says:

    My friend Wendy would love this.

  60. Rebekah Shaver says:

    We just switched to a Gluten-Free diet in February. Originally, it was just a change I was making, but as I did more research it seemed like something that would help 3 out of my 4 children as well. That decided, it was simply easier to go completely Gluten-Free than to try to keep cross-contamination or my 3, 5, and 6 year old from eating Gluten. So far, my hubby and my 2 year old do not seem to have any negative effects from Gluten, but Gluten-Free certainly isn’t hurting them! :) In fact, we have all enjoyed the benefits of our new Gluten-Free diet, such as fresh baked yeast bread! I was NEVER brave enough to try baking yeast bread before. But, paying $6 a loaf for GF bread or going without drove me to desperate measures, although it took 7 months to get to that point of desperation. 😉 The results of tweaking 2 recipes were GREAT!! In fact I can’t wait to make more bread tomorrow! I am ALWAYS on the lookout for new GF recipes to try and Cooking Light Gluten Free Cookbook would be a welcome addition to my collection.

  61. Anita Mulhall says:

    Lynn, I have been following your page for awhile. I am in the process of going gluten free. I have eczema on my hands and feet real bad and I have noticed if I eat gluten free that they are much better so I am working very hard on finding foods that I can eat.

  62. Jeanne Montgomery says:

    My son is on a lifelong gluten free diet. This cookbook would be great for all of us to make get togethers easier as well as everyday life for his family. I love your site and the gluten free info as well. Thank you Jeanne

  63. I have had digestive issues for nearly three years now and am finally going to give going GF a try to see if it helps. We also have a Celiac friend, so I would love to be able to make/share recipes for her. Many thanks for this giveaway!

  64. Yay! GF is becoming so much more mainstream! It is so exciting to see! Thank you!

  65. I clicked through by email, thinking I might enter the giveaway. I am glad I read the review, because I really am getting away from the habit of using packaged foods in my recipes.

  66. Awesome giveaway. You can never have too many cookbooks! :)

  67. I have been considering going gluten free for some time now, hoping it would help my health in several areas. I would love to have this cookbook to try. I am not concerned about the “Light” part, because losing weight is not a high priority for me, and I am not allergic to nuts so it sounds like it is perfect for me!! I have been following you for years in various forms, email, RSS, etc. I finally tried your Crockpot Salsa Chicken recipe (had to tweak it a little, no cumin in the house and had to 1/2 it) and it has been a HUGE hit with everyone who tries it!!! Thank you so much for all you do!!!

  68. We are gluten, dairy, egg and peanut free for my 2 year old daughter. I would love to win this cookbook.

  69. Would love this :)

  70. My daughter is gluten free so all of us eat gluten free at home to support her, plus it is easier with 3 little ones. I would love this cookbook to try some new recipes! Thank you!

  71. There is nothing easy about GFree cooking. It takes time, patience and practice. I do miss lots of foods but I don’t like being sick so it’s a no brainer really. I take any help I can get.

  72. Would love to have a copy of this cookbook!! It would make life so much easier to find these types of recipes!!

  73. The cookbook looks lovely! We are so blessed to have many great resources at our disposal!

  74. We are just beginning on this gluten free journey…food is fairly simple right now as I am learning what does and doesn’t work. We are beginning to crave something with a bit more substance and flavor so I would love to win this cookbook. Thank you so much for this give away!

  75. My son has Type 1 diabetes and Celiac disease. We are still searching for homemade recipes that are GF that he will eat (he is 16 yrs old!) This would be a great addition to our recipe books. Thanks for the chance!

  76. i would love a copy of the gluten-free cookbook…it’s hard finding good recipes…thanks

  77. Lynn
    my daughter just went gluten-free. she feels so much better. I have shared your recipes with her. They really help her. She would love this cookbook

  78. My daughter just went gluten-free about two months ago.She would love
    this cookbook to help to cook for her family.

  79. I have a friend who recently had to start eating gluten free due to a recent diagnosis. Would love to win this cookbook for her. I am referring her to your website & the allergy section.

  80. Deb Hallman says:

    I am doing a gluten free trial diet right now due to some medical issues. I soooo need this cookbook!