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Jan 12, 2013 05:21 AM

Does anyone have the Robyn Ryberg cookbook?

I'm looking specificallly for her turkey or chicken burger recipe. If you have tried any of her other recipes, I'd love to hear about it because I borrowed the copy from our library but am considering buying it. I'm interested in the simple recipes, not ones that call for all sorts of fake flours, etc.

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  1. I picked up "You Won't Believe It's Gluten Free" by Robyn Ryberg used from an internet site for about half the retail price. I have tried her GF cornbread recipe that used mainly cornstarch, corn meal, and xanthan gum among usual baking ingredients. It was my first try using XG, and I was pleasantly surprised! It was light, moist and stayed tasty for the three days it lasted. I am looking forward to trying more of the recipes, because there are options on using different types of gf flours and starches for variations of the recipes.

    1. I ended up with "You Won't Believe It's Gluten Free" from Amazon by accident. I really wish I had realized the mistake early on, because by the time I did it was too late to return it and I personally think this book is useless. The recipes are unimaginative and simplistic, and most of the baked goods turn out leaden & oily. I don't know if the recipes just weren't tested sufficiently or if it's because the author doesn't have to follow a gluten-free diet herself or live with anyone who does, but her recipes leave a lot to be desired. So let's just say I'm not a Roben Ryberg fan.

      Having said that, I'm happy to paraphrase that turkey burger recipe you wanted...

      Combine 1 lb ground turkey, 1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream, 1 tsp dried dill, 1/4 tsp salt, and 1/2 small onion (finely chopped) in a bowl. Mix thoroughly, form into 4 patties, and cook on stove top or grill for 5 - 6 minutes on each side until no pink remains.

      I understand your desire to keep it simple, but the reality of GF food prep is that it's more complicated than conventional food. That doesn't mean you need to stock your pantry with hundreds of exotic, overpriced ingredients, but it does require certain specialty items including alternative (not "fake") flours.

      I'd suggest looking at "Gluten-Free Made Simple" by Carol Field Dahlstrom for easy everyday recipes. And for dishes that are a bit more special but still easy to prepare, try "Gluten Free and Easy" by Robyn Russell.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Thank you GHG. I have made her spicy roadside chicken many times, love that one. As for her baked goods, I only made one loaf of GF bread, and that was for my father-in-law. I would consider buying the book from you, or maybe trading, if you want to get rid of it.

        1. re: kmlmgm

          I'd totally do a trade - any books in particular you're looking to unload?

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            I'm not sure what you already have or would even be interested in. I've been donating so many of my cookbooks to the library. I have Faye Levy's International Chicken cookbook, 1000 Chinese Recipes, I'll check around if you let me know what your interests are.....