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December 15th, 2012

Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook: A Seasonal Vegetarian Cookbook ReviewGluten Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook by Leslie Cerier



Leslie Cerier’s latest cookbook Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook:  A Seasonal Vegetarian Cookbook is designed for the gluten-free, vegetarian cook or someone who is gluten free, but wants to add more plant-based, whole grain recipes to their cooking repertoire. Leslie is an organic chef. In fact, she’s known as “The Organic Gourmet.” She embraces what she calls “seed to table” cooking with recipes from her new cookbook like The Ultimate Classic Pasta Sauce and Quinoa and Shitake Pilaf. You can also find her Summer Pasta and Bean Salad recipe on Dr. Mark Hyman’s site.

Admittedly, I was not familiar with Leslie Cerier or her cookbooks prior to her contacting me, but when I read that she was teaching classes at Kripalu, I got excited. Kripalu is a world renowned center for yoga and health located in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. My gluten-free friends Melissa (Gluten Free for Good) and Jennifer love visiting Kripalu and rave about the retreat center overall, but they especially rave over Kripalu’s food and all the sessions they’ve attended. The fact that Leslie is a chef who teaches at Kripalu does indicate a certain level of excellence! Leslie will be teaching cooking classes at Kripalu; you can see her complete class schedule here.

home for the holidays, gluten free, holidays, gfe As this is our Home for the Holidays event, I asked Leslie to answer the following question:

What foods/dishes mean “home and holidays” to you? 

Leslie said:

“Eating with the seasons is key for me. For the holidays, since I am in New England, I recommend the following recipes [from my cookbook Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook]:

Shiitake Soup with Cashew Cream

Amaranth Corn Flatbread with Artisan and Local Grass-Fed Cheddar

Spiced Yams and Pecans

Quinoa and Shiitake Pilaf

Cranberry Cheery Sauce

Vegetarian Sushi (there is a whole chapter)

For dessert:

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Brownie

Honey Hazelnut Treats

Pear and Cranberry Crisp.”

This cookbook is Leslie’s fifth work. Previous cookbooks that she authored, co-authored, or edited are as follows:

Going Wild in the Kitchen:  The Fresh and Sassy Tastes of Vegetarian Cooking 

The Quick and Easy Organic Gourmet: Delicious Healthy Meals without Meat, Wheat, Dairy, or Sugar 

Taste Life! Organic Recipes 

Sea Vegetable Celebration

All of Leslie’s cookbooks are well rated on Amazon. One fan said that she loves Leslie’s “earthy style of cooking, full of hearty grains, gentle seasonings, and organic produce.”

You’ll also want to check out Leslie’s website; she has lots of info there as well as many more recipes (such as Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili with Tomatillos and Honey Hazelnut Treats). Melissa’s (Gluten Free For Good) review of Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook is also worth a read.  

One copy of Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cookis being given away, courtesy of the Leslie and her publisher.

To enter the giveaway: go to

~ Simply leave a comment telling us about your current favorite gluten-free, vegetarian meal.

This giveaway will end Monday, December 17, at midnight EST.

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