Although many are fed up with all of the gluten-free celebrity hype that has been taking over the headlines of gluten-free news, a recent headline may catch some attention. Emeril Lagasse, the famed restaurateur, chef, and TV personality, best known for catchphrases from “Bam!” to “Kick it up a notch!”, has been a supporter of the gluten-free community for over ten years for reasons very close to his heart – his two daughters. Both daughters were diagnosed with gluten intolerances back in 2001 and 2004, one of whom has full blown Celiac disease.
The women have been working together, along with the support of their dad, to write a gluten-free cookbook that brings all their favorite gluten-free meals and recipes in one book. In their new book, “The Gluten-Free Table: The Lagasse Girls Share Their Favorite Meals,” both Lagasse women have made it their mission to find gluten-free recipes that aren’t flavor-free or laced with a funky aftertaste. By using natural gluten-free flours – from almond flour for flourless chocolate cake to rice flour for pizza crusts – all of their recipes are homemade with real ingredients that are filled with the flavor their father has always depended upon.
Having grown up with a father best known for his Louisiana- and Portuguese-inspired cooking style, flavor has never been something for which either Lagasse girl was willing to compromise. With food as the cornerstone of every family event, the Lagasse’s had to find their way around a gluten-free oven to make sure no party left them feeling deprived. Gumbo, birthday cake, pizza, and even Johnny cake recipes are just a few of the gluten-free fare you’ll find in this new gluten-free cookbook, which will be sure to inspire you to do a little bit of improvising in your own gluten-free kitchen!
Check out Emeril and his daughter Jilly on Good Morning America, whipping up their favorite gluten-free pizza crust – you may find yourself mixing some up for dinner tonight too!