Amelia Cronic, whose husband, Drew, is a football coach at Reinhardt University, and her mother, Deberah Williams of Newnan, released their new cookbook, “Gluten-free with No Apologies” in March. The book promises “Southern-style and comfort food recipes — taste so good you won’t have to apologize that they’re gluten-free!”
Cronic is a former counselor and mother of three, including one child with special needs and multiple allergies and one who is gluten-intolerant, according to a release about the book.
She said in the release she launched a quest several years ago to provide foods that met her children’s’ nutritional needs and that also tasted good.
“When I began cooking and baking gluten-free, I had a hard time finding good recipes,” Cronic said. “Plus, I felt that each meal I cooked should contain both gluten and gluten-free foods. I was also taking gluten-free desserts to celebrations and events we attended so my children wouldn’t feel left out. I began apologizing to everyone for cooking this way, explaining why I had to make gluten-free dishes for my children.”
Cronic began developing recipes, always apologizing to her friends that they were gluten-free. Her friends reacted with surprise, often asking for her recipes and commenting that they would never have guessed her dishes were gluten-free. Cronic soon stopped apologizing for food that everyone was enjoying, she said.
Soon Cronic’s mother, Deberah Williams, a graphic artist and experienced book and publication designer, began helping her come up with recipes, including southern family favorites handed down from generations of amazing cooks. At this point people began recommending they collaborate on a cookbook, and the idea is now a reality.
With celiac disease becoming more prevalent, cooking with alternate grains, legumes and starches has grown in popularity, she said in a release, making “Gluten-free with No Apologies” a timely idea that is growing as an alternate health and lifestyle need.
In addition to helpful hints and tips for gluten-free cooking, the cookbook includes southern favorites and comfort foods, especially popular for celebrations and holidays. Recipes range from popular standards, including fried chicken and green tomatoes, to chocolate and coconut cakes, to desserts such as banana pudding, brownies and cookies, all made without gluten.
“Gluten-free with No Apologies” is for sale at Amazon.com. The print version is $18.99 and the Kindle ebook version is $9.99.
The authors are already at work on companion cookbooks including, “The No Apologies Gluten-free Summer,” and “The Gluten-Free Christmas.”
They are also available for speaking about their experiences in dealing with a gluten- and allergy-free lifestyle. For more information, visit www.NoApologiesGlutenFree.com.