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Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef

(book, Shauna James Ahern & Daniel Ahern)


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Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef shares Shauna and Daniel Ahern's unexpected courtship, from their first date to married life together, through stories about food. This cookbook features gorgeous photographs, guidance on cooking techniques, and 100 chef-tested recipes intended for the home cook — with an evocative, engaging voice seamlessly linking the stories and recipes together into one narrative.

Far more than just a cookbook, Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef  is an inspiring love story sure to give hope to anyone who believes that gluten-free food can't be devilishly delicious and seriously satisfying. Instead of distinct chapters, the narrative is divided into two sections — “At Home” and “At the Restaurant.” The first section is the story of the Aherns’ courtship; the second a day-in-the-life of the chef. Each recipe includes variations and serving suggestions, encouraging home cooks to make the dish their own. Helpful sidebars offer expert chef advice on topics such as the importance of mise en place, and selecting the right cut of meat.

The recipes are sophisticated and inspired, and of course, entirely gluten-free. Just a few of the incredible dishes you’ll find include:

 Pan-Seared Beef Tenderloin with Port Sauce and Balsamic Onions, the dish Danny made on the night he proposed to Shauna (the food was so good, how could she resist?)
 Blue Cheese Cheesecake with Fig Crust, a delicious interpretation of a dessert they discovered while dining out (and couldn’t indulge in because it wasn’t gluten-free)
 Bacon-Wrapped Pork Belly—a once-every-few-months splurge with rustic French flare
 The ultimate Potato Puree, a dish so simple yet so satisfying

And for those times when you just need a slice of bread or a big bowl of pasta, try their recipes for Crusty Bread That Even Those Who Eat Gluten Might Like and Fresh Gluten-Free Pasta (and then make Pasta with Anchovies, Lemon and Olives).

Combining tempting recipes with an authentic love story, Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef  is the perfect narrative cookbook for anyone who loves food — and a must-have for those who need to eat gluten-free.

For more about Shauna Ahern and her gluten-free eating, read her blog.