This is actually an approach for those with special dietary requirement as a way of looking for inspiration for gluten free recipes for example, and means that you can continue to use those Italian or cake cookbooks, just in a different way.
An example is the tome that is The Silver Spoon – a collection of over 2,000 recipes from home cooks all over Italy. It covers the principles of practically every regional and local Italian dish – and although not an obvious choice for someone with Coeliac Disease, it has an astonishing range of naturally gluten free recipes. The recipes include cakes using potato flour, chestnut flour or ground almonds, plus staples such as gnocchi, meat dishes and risottos. Additional to these are the recipes where a limited amount of wheat flour is used, and could be substituted with a gluten free replacement such as buckwheat or gluten free blend opening up many more meals to try.
While there are some great gluten free cookbooks available, its great to get some inspiration from further afield, so take a look at your book shelves for ones that you may have considered useless and search out those recipes which are naturally suitable for you or are easily adaptable. For further ideas here’s a list of some lesser known books to get your mouth watering:
Guide to cooking with grains – great selection of gluten free recipes using unusual grains / seeds such as amaranth, polenta, buckwheat and much more. Plus there are some interesting new breakfast ideas taken from all over the world too.
Bill Granger – All the books by this author are inspired by his native pan Asian cooking which is often naturally gluten free when using for example tamarai instead of soy sauce.
Silver Spoon – Stacks of inspiration especially for those with a sweet tooth.
Anthony Worrall Thompsons Low GI diet – It seems a low GI diet is also great for those who are gluten free and includes recipes for cakes and breakfasts – an area always needing energy.
Alice Waters / Chez Panisse Cookbook – The Californian cooking style embraced by Alice Waters at her restaurant means much in her books are gluten free naturally.
Sally Clarke – Dazzled by the work of Alice Waters, Sally Clarke approaches her cooking in much the same style and her restaurant in West London are a delight for anyone with an allergy.