Lisa Samuel, in her debut cookbook Room at the Table: Gluten-Free Recipes, Stories and Tips to Share With the People You Love gives over 120 gluten-free recipes that celebrate the food she feeds her family and friends–nourishing, delicious food that makes you feel good when you eat it. Fresh, bright, simply prepared. Nothing too fussy. Food that is wholesome but deeply satisfying.
Room at the Table is filled with fresh takes on comfort food, from everyday meals you feed your family to the special meals you make when sharing your home with friends. There’s breakfast–from a savory Shakshuka to Flaky Southern-Style Biscuits to Fried Chicken and Waffles. You’ll find recipes for pizza, pasta and taco nights, including Gluten-Free Sourdough Pizza, Butternut Squash–Chicken Bolognese with Tagliatelle, and Sort-of-Barbacoa Tacos with All the Fixings. There are many vegetable-forward dishes, like Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Grapefruit, Pomegranate Seeds, and Dukkah and Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Green Tahini, Sunflower Seeds, and Zhug. There’s also dessert–from Everyday Cookies (vegan) to Bourbon Pecan Pie.
Lisa also offers stories and tips to inspire you to approach cooking and gathering with joy and grace, to know that people will remember not what you cook, but how you make them feel. Although, if they text you to ask for your cauliflower hummus recipe, that’s great, too.
My hope for Room at the Table is that this cookbook will sit on your kitchen counter and become dog-eared and stained with olive oil. I hope it’s the book you turn to for the everyday meals you feed your family, and for special recipes you’ll make for celebrations. I hope this book inspires you to approach cooking and gathering with joy—to help you offer yourself grace when seating your loved ones around the table. To know that people will remember not what you cook, but how you make them feel. (Although, if they text you to ask for your cauliflower hummus recipe, that’s great, too.)
Room at the Table is set in Lisa's dreamy gluten-free kitchen, where the reader can enjoy pizza and pasta, and every meal of the day. through her well vetted, delicious recipes. The book is full of gorgeous photographs and has an abundance of ideas for feeding a family all year, in simple times and celebration. Room at the Table is at once beautiful, functional, and a good read.
This handsomely photographed book offers gluten-free recipes developed by a registered dietician nutritionist. Author Lisa Samuels does include the likes of breads and biscuits, cakes and cookies, but the bulk of the recipes are for navigating everyday life when gluten must be avoided.
Samuels favors vegetable-based cooking and offers an appealing assortment of dishes such as roasted beet and citrus salad, fresh corn polenta, and herby, crispy falafel. These easily compliment meat courses such as chicken-zucchini meatballs, olive oil-poached halibut with eggplant and olive gremolata, and pulled pork barbecue sandwiches.
But if baked goods are your real motivation for seeking a gluten-free book, you can turn to browned butter cornbread, sourdough pancakes, chocolate pecan pie, and lemon olive oil cake.
Many recipes come with sidebar note on making ahead or riffing to create your own verisons.