Interview on Gluten-Free Cycle with Once-A-Month-Cooking Author, Mary Beth

I recently had an opportunity to interview Mary Beth Lagerborg, one of the authors of “Once-A-Month-Cooking: Family Favorites” regarding the gluten-free section of her latest cookbook.  This is part one of the interview; I will post the rest, along with a free recipe from this book, later this week!

Q:  Mary Beth, what inspired you to include a gluten-free section in your latest book?

A: We have been asked many times over the years to include menu cycles for special diets. This is the one that really seemed to make sense, given the growing number of children and adults with gluten-intolerance.

Q:  What research have you done on your recipes to ensure that they are gluten-free?  What is your training in this area?

A: We composed the gluten-free cycle and then sent it to two consultants to help us adapt the recipes to be gluten-free. When the menu cycle was completed, we then had it tested by two women who are gluten-intolerant.

Q: Are the recipes that you’ve included “brand new” recipes or adaptations of “old favorites”?

A: Most are adaptations of “old favorites.”

Q: Are the recipes formatted to mix flours, Xanthum gum, etc. or are they more “simple” in their approach?

A: As I recall only one of the recipes calls for flour, and we used rice flour.

Q: Do the gluten-free recipes freeze as well as the “regular” recipes?  Are there special preparations that need to be made to keep the integrity and flavor of the gluten-free items?

A: The gluten-free recipes freeze every bit as will as the “regular” recipes. We made no special provisions for freezing them.

Q: Have you had people with Celiac or gluten-intolerance taste-test the recipes?  What was their response?

Yes, and they were pleased with them. Our goal was to find recipes that both the gluten-intolerant and other family members would enjoy, so that the family could eat the same meal together.

Thank you, Mary Beth!  I can honestly say that the meal I made already from this book was really, really good!  I can’t wait to try the others!  Readers, be sure to sign up for our mailing list (top of right sidebar) for your opportunity to win a copy of this book!  The winner will be posted next week, so be sure to sign up by Friday night!  Extra points for tweeting (use @kimsmith in the tweet), sharing with other social networks, etc.  If you help spread the word, leave me a comment and let me know!

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