Book Review and Giveaway: The Everything Guide to Living Gluten-Free

Update: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Michelle Senst, who won the copy of The Everything Guide to Living Gluten-Free!


Need a one-stop shop for all your gluten-free needs? The Everything Guide to Living Gluten-Free by Jeanine Friesen might be just the thing.

As you probably have seen, there are quite a few gluten-free books showing up on the market. (I own a great many of them!) How do you decipher what’s worth your money? Personally, I look to see what the author knows about gluten-free living. Secondly, I like to know whether they can actually cook. As much as I’d like to think those two qualifications were required for all books like this, a quick browse through the bookstore seems to reveal that is not always the case.

But when it comes to Jeanine, she’s more than qualified! Jeanine has been gluten-free since 2008 after being diagnosed with celiac disease, so she lives the gluten-free lifestyle day in and day out. What’s more, she’s always been one to play around in the kitchen. Her blog, The Baking Beauties, chronicles a multitude of amazing gluten-free baked goods, as well as other dishes. You’d never know they were gluten-free. I’ve browsed through and even made some of Jeanine’s recipes over the years. She was instrumental in helping me satisfy those baked goods cravings I had early in my gluten-free life. Her style is very approachable, and she makes a ton of crowd-pleasers. In short, this girl can cook.

So it’s no surprise she’s now the author of such a guide as The Everything Guide to Living Gluten-Free. In this guide, she takes you from the beginning steps of gluten-free living, describing what gluten is (even including primitive versions of wheat, such as einkorn and emmer, which I found interesting), what celiac disease is, other related disorders and diseases, and other reasons one might go gluten-free. There are beginning steps describing how to eliminate gluten from your diet, including probably the most daunting task to someone new to a gluten-free diet – how to reading labels. Jeanine gives detailed tips that make this process as easy as possible. She also discusses cross-contamination on various tools in your kitchen – a very often overlooked, but important topic. There are also travel tips, and even a section dedicated to gluten-free kids.

Of course, the recipe section is always my favorite part. This book covers all of the favorites – muffins, pancakes, soups, salads, macaroni and cheese, pizza, nachos, lasagna, meatloaf, pot roast, bagels, bread, biscuits, and of course, desserts such as cream puffs, banana cake, and cookies.

What did I decide to make?


You guessed it – cookies. For as long as I’ve been alive, I’ve always been a cookie monster. They’re my dessert of choice. I opted to make her Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, substituting palm shortening for the butter (and I used dairy-free chocolate chips).

Just look at those babies. Chewy and yet still a touch soft, these were definitely a treat. For one that rarely eats regular sugar, these were sweet to me, but my soccer team gladly added them to their (most definitely not gluten-free) homebrewed beer and pizza party weekend before last – and nobody could tell they were gluten or dairy-free. That’s the tell-tale sign of a good recipe – when the regular gluten-eaters are happy to chow down! Jeanine definitely wins with this one.

Want to win a copy of this soon-to-be-released book?

Here’s how you can enter to win – each one of these steps will earn you an entry:

1. Leave me a comment telling me your favorite treat you’d love to see made gluten-free.

2. Like Tasty Eats At Home on Facebook and leave me a comment here telling me you did so.

3. Follow Tasty Eats At Home on Twitter and leave me a comment telling me you did so.

4. Like The Baking Beauties on Facebook and leave me a comment telling me you did so.

5. Follow Baking Beauties on Twitter and leave me a comment telling me you did so.

6. Share this giveaway on Facebook or tweet about it on Twitter and leave me a comment telling me you did so.


That’s it! Lots of chances to win! This giveaway is open to all U.S. and Canadian residents 18 years of age and older. The giveaway will end on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at 11:59PM CST.

Best of luck to you all! If you don’t win, or you just can’t wait, you can pre-order your copy on Amazon today!



  1. Annette says

    Hi there:
    1. I would love a good hamburger or cheese bun make gluten free. I have tried several recipes, but haven’t found the Perfect One yet.
    2. I have liked on your facebook page.
    3. I liked on the Baking Beauties facebook page when I first discovered and loved her!
    4. I have shared this contest on facebook.

  2. Shari H says

    Caramel rolls … soft, fluffy, gooey, and with pecans on top, please! Bonus if they are somehow easy for a non-baker to make. I used to get the yummiest caramel pecan rolls after a long run with a friend at a local coffee shop – now I just stick with the coffee.

  3. Shari H says

    I just “liked” The Baking Beauties. Not sure I’ll make a lot of their things (trying to lose weight at the moment), but I love to read and learn.

  4. Genee Davis says

    I follow both you and Jeanine and so happy she has another cookbook out! I love, absolutely love every recipe I have tried because they taste so much like a “normal wheat” recipe!! So many recipes out there make it so complicated to try and bake, let alone cook gluten free, but she makes it so easy and great tasting!!!! <3

  5. Liz Radtke says

    I’d love to see Samoa’s from the Girl Scout Cookie line!!! I miss them sooooo much!! or any GS cookies :)
    I’ve made several of Baking Beauties recipes! They are easy to folllow AND always turn out!! We made her Hi-hat cupcakes this weekend. mmmmm

    I’ve liked Baking Beauties on FB as well as Tasty Eats. I’ve also shared the giveaway :)

  6. Rachel Blom says

    I’m looking for a yummy all-natural, no artificial colors, no artificial flavors, no preservative, gluten-free brownie recipe that is crispy on the edges and soft in the middle

  7. Liene says

    I’ve been trying to find a gluten free recipe that rivals the chocolate chip cookie recipe that comes on the bag… quick, easy and oh so yummy! Have tried a few but none that seem to cut it. Thanks for the chance!

  8. Lisa says

    I’ve shared the contest on the Canadian Celiac Association Facebook page (as Lisa Alexander – Jeanine will have to confirm as it is a closed group!)

  9. April says

    I would love to see a gluten free croissant that does not use huge amounts of added starch! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Jenni M says

    I’d love to see a recipe for a good tortilla!!

    Liked Tasty Eats at Home and Baking Beauties on Facebook and shared the link :)

  11. Carol Fehr says

    I would like to see a white bread reiceipe that is light and fluffy just like the bread in the bakery. I liked both Baking Beauties and Tasty Eats at Home. I follow both Baking Beauties and Tasty Eats and I shared this on facebook.

  12. Laurel says

    What would I like made gluten free isn’t really the problem anymore with so many excellent blogs out there. What I’d like made gluten, dairy, soy, legume, corn, psyllium, gum and egg free however would be some nice chewy bread. I have to say though that I have made Jeanine’s gluten free bagels using that criteria and they were amazing. But yeah, some nice sourdough or ciabatta bread – be still my heart.

  13. Lisa Lefebvre says

    already like and follow Baking Beauties on Facebook, and will do the same for your page. Would love to win this for my sister in law as she is a “book person” with NO internet and her hubby suffers from celiac disease.

  14. Michelle Senst says

    I would love to see a gluten free version of the rye bread they serve at Outback Steakhouse. I miss that so much. I also liked your page on facebook and shared this giveaway on facebook as well. I also have liked the baking beauties. I have been following them on facebook for awhile now. Ever since I found out I had to eat gluten free almost a year ago.

    • altawrites says

      Michelle – You won the copy of the book! I’ve sent you an email, but please send me your mailing address and we’ll get it to you right away! Congratulations!

  15. Kathleen says

    My husband says Rice Krispi squares. He’s struggled with celiac disease for over 20 years and would love this book.

  16. Carol Hill says

    I am new to GF having been recently diagnosed w/ celiac sprue. Love getting educated about a new life before me. I love baking, just ask my family! I have already “liked” Tasty Eats at Home and Baking Beauties and enjoy the posts. Thank you for helping me in my new “life”.

  17. Alison says

    So glad to have found your site. I just “liked” you on Facebook too. :) I’d love a recipe for GF m&m cookies!

  18. Caroline Konarzewski says

    How about some really good shortbread cookies that don’t completely crumble when you bite intom them.

  19. Michele Pearl says

    I would like to make cheese cake with a GF crust as a treat! I never eat it anymore because the cheese part usually has some flour in it and the graham cracker crust sure isn’t GF.

  20. Karen Thomas says

    I have liked your fb page and I also like the baking beauties fb page! Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. Colinda says

    I liked Tasty Eats at Home and had previously liked Baking Beauties on Facebook.
    I would love to have a good gluten free carrot cake recipe that’s not too high in fat!

  22. Mary says

    I already liked Tasty and just liked Baking Beauties (thanks!!) And shared on FB, this book would be such a help right now!!