8 of the best gluten-free cookbooks
Rise to the challenge of gluten-free cooking with these books. We picked the best for bakers, students, families, vegans and anyone dairy-free. You'll never feel like you're missing out again
If you've recently been diagnosed with coeliac disease, or you've been living gluten-free for some time, you may be feeling uninspired in the kitchen. It's time to change that.
We believe the key to eating well with a food intolerance is being armed with the right cookbooks.
Below, you'll find our favourites for families, students, bakers, vegans and anyone who's in need of a little gluten-free inspiration. They include helpful information on living gluten-free, tips on how to manage it and, of course, lots of fantastic recipes for everyone to enjoy.
Have a read then check out our top gluten-free recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. And don't miss our list of 20 foods you think are gluten-free but aren't. For more cookbook reviews, head to our cookbooks hub with all our round-ups, including best air fryer cookbooks, best slow cooker cookbooks or best keto cookbooks.
8 best gluten-free cookbooks at a glance
- Best for everyday cooking: Hassle-Free, Gluten Free, Jane Devonshire (£13.95)
- Best for gluten-free baking: Baked to Perfection, Katarina Cermelj (£26)
- Best for gluten-free families: Against the Grain, Nancy Cain (£29.99)
- Best for gluten-free students: Quick and Easy Gluten Free, Becky Excell (£20)
- Best for easy gluten-free recipes: Healthy Living James, James Wythe (£21.79)
- Best for vegans: The Complete Gluten-Free Vegan Cookbook, Justin Weber (£18.50)
- Best for gluten-free inspiration: Essential Gluten-Free, Phil Vickery (£21.79)
- Best dairy and gluten-free cookbook: The Everything Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Cookbook, Audrey Roberts (£14.99)
8 best gluten-free cookbooks to buy 2023
Hassle-Free, Gluten Free by Jane Devonshire
Best for everyday cooking
This is one of those trusty cookbooks everyone should have. Published in association with Coeliac UK, it's filled with 100 gluten-free recipes that can be enjoyed any day of the week. Whether you're cooking for yourself, making a simple supper for your family, or looking to impress dinner party guests, there's a dish for every foodie moment.
Inside you'll find recipes for nibbles, lunches, dinners, salads, soups and sauces, as well as a selection of tempting desserts, cakes, muffins and pancakes.
Baked to Perfection by Katarina Cermelj
Best for gluten-free baking
Take your gluten-free baking to the next level with this helpful cook's guide. The recipes are clearly laid out and approached from a scientific level, giving you a thorough understanding of how to get the best from every bake. You'll be baking your best bread, brownies, pastry, cakes and cookies in no time – all without gluten.
Whatever your gluten-free worry, Katarina will ease it with her expert tips and step-by-step photography. Concerned about your baguette crust? Not sure your birthday cake will rise? Or if your pie will crumble when it comes out the oven? This book is the answer.
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Against the Grain by Nancy Cain
Best for gluten-free families
When Nancy Cain's teenage son was diagnosed with coeliac disease, she struggled to find gluten-free baking mixes that weren't packed with additives and recipes that didn't leave her seriously underwhelmed. Her response was to get busy and create her own gluten-free breads, baked goods, pizza, pasta, pies, casseroles and other main meals, using only natural ingredients.
She turned to clever alternatives, like buckwheat flour and brown rice flour, to make wholesome bakes for her family and that's what you'll find in the pages of her book. From red velvet cupcakes to potato and rosemary bread, the recipes are made with real foods and they range from beginner to experienced cook. If you did want to progress your gluten-free knowledge, this would be a good place to start.
Quick and Easy Gluten Free by Becky Excell
Best for gluten-free students
Gluten-free queen Becky Excell does it again with another fantastic book filled with 100 easy-to-follow recipes that just work. She takes the fear out of gluten-free cooking with her speedy, fuss-free dishes. From 30-minute fakeaways, quick lunches, easy suppers and sweet treats, there is something for everyone. Plus, Becky includes veggie, vegan, dairy-free and low-FODMAP recipes, as well as instructions on how to cook with a slow cooker, air fryer or other kitchen kit.
For anyone left feeling stumped in the kitchen, this book will ignite your passion for cooking and teach you the ways of making delicious meals without gluten.
Healthy Living James by James Wythe
Best for easy gluten-free recipes
Despite the title, this book isn't as much about 'healthy living' as a healthy way to approach food. James encourages using natural ingredients to make satisfying dishes that will nourish your body and soul. His recipes are approachable, using bits of kit and ingredients most of us already have in the kitchen or can pick up from the local supermarket.
James makes it possible for anyone with a gluten and dairy intolerance to enjoy all the comforting classics. Try his mushroom stroganoff, fish curry, cheesy gnocchi bake and meatball marinara sub – you'll be happy you did.
Essential Gluten-Free by Phil Vickery
Best for gluten-free inspiration
Phil takes his Michelin-star skills, plus a few wholesome ingredients, and uses them to create gluten-free dishes that everyone will love. His book is a treasure trove of inspiration for every cook – it's a great one to keep on your shelf for whenever you want to add a new recipe to your repertoire. There are lots of delicious ideas you'll be bookmarking to come back to again and again, such as his empanadas, pasta, cookies, Yorkshire puddings, choux pastry and pancakes.
The Complete Gluten-Free Vegan Cookbook by Justin Weber
- Available from Amazon (£18.50)
Best for vegans
Who said being vegan and gluten-free has to mean missing out on the best food? Justin Weber's book shows there's a world of variety out there, all you have to do is cook it. The recipes include popular classics like vegan chilli, black bean burgers and cinnamon rolls, and fun new dishes like carrot cake doughnuts and hummus pasta.
Whether you're fully vegan and gluten-free or you like to include free-from recipes in your diet every now and then, this book will give you plenty of ideas to try.
The Everything Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Cookbook by Audrey Roberts
Best dairy and gluten-free cookbook
There are 300 recipes in this sizeable cookbook by popular American food blogger Audrey Roberts. She aims to help not only those with intolerances but also anyone looking to lose weight, feel more energised or live a little healthier. It's a must-have kitchen staple that's filled with family favourites, such as casserole, and interesting recipes you may not have tried yet, like fish tacos.
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