Book Review: Gluten-free and Vegan for the Whole Family by Jennifer Katzinger

Recently I was fortunate to get a copy of Jennifer Katzinger’s Gluten-free and Vegan for the Whole Family recipe book. Our family is not Specifically Gluten-free so cooking and baking with some of these gluten-free ingredients was rather new to me, but I am very much up for the challenge and so far have enjoyed the recipes we have already tried.

Gluten Free and Vegan for the Whole Family recipe book

Jennifer Katzinger is the author of several Gluten-free and Vegan cookbooks including Gluten-free and Vegan Pies, Gluten-free and Vegan bread and Gluten-free and Vegan Holidays.

This particular plant-based recipe book Gluten-free and Vegan for the Whole Family, as the title suggests is family-friendly and allergy friendly. It contains 90 plant-based recipes from staples, breakfast, lunch, snack foods, soups, vegetables and salads, dinners and sweet treats. There is plenty of great recipes in this book, but my favourite ones happen to be part of the Snack and Sweet and Treats chapters such as her nut butter energy bars and raspberry walnut thumbprint cookies as they are fun recipes to get the kids involved. My eldest, who is 7 years of age loves to be in the kitchen and finds this book particularly beautiful and inspiring.

Some recipe examples;

  1. Staples– flat bread, nut milk yoghurt, herbed soft cheese, almond fetta cheese, vegetable stock, marinara sauce.
  2. Breakfast- four types of muffin recipes (banana, mixed berry, apple spice and carrot), millet prune porridge, blueberry oat pancakes.
  3. Lunch– Soba noodle summer rolls, black bean and chickpea croquettes, red bean burgers.
  4. Snack foods– red bean hummus, sweet potato and beet chips, kale chips, roasted chickpea.
  5. Soups– dhal soup, vegetable and bean soup, creamy broccoli bisque, cauliflower bisque.
  6. Vegetables and Salads– Pakoras, spinach salad, beet salad, sweet potato oven fries.
  7. Dinner– Shepherds pie, lentil tacos, pizza, kebabs, lasagne, Tamale pie, Black bean burgers.
  8. Sweets and Treats– Brownies, carrot cake, chocolate pumpkin seed brittle, oatmeal raisin cookies, peanut butter cookies, dark chocolate cake.

Visually this book is appealing, beautifully laid out and rather easy to follow. Many of the recipes also contain tips, which I always find helpful. There are several beautiful full-page photos throughout the book, however not all recipes have photos, which I would love to have seen as I am a rather visual person and like to get an idea how the food is meant to look. Recipe wise, many of the recipes are rather quick and easy, but some recipes take a little more time. I think there is a good balance of both in this particular book. Other than that, this is a great book, with lots of variety in the recipes and after reading it all the way, I was keen to track down Jennifer’s other recipe books.

If you have tried this recipe book or any of Jennifer’s other recipe books, please share your thoughts.


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