Gluten and Allergen Free Cooking on Primetime Cooking Shows!

Whenever food allergies or gluten-free lifestyles are mentioned on TV it brings more awareness and justification to the lifestyles that millions of people, like you and me, are living everyday. Hearing the words gluten-free or allergen-free on TV, especially on cooking-themed shows, gets me so excited that “our” lifestyles are getting more main stream every day!

But just in case you are not glued to the TV set, the following summaries and links bring you up to date on the latest buzz and recipes that makes gluten-free and allergen-free living a prime time event! 


Top Chef Masters (Bravo TV)
In the August 5, 2009 episode the chefs were asked to cook for Zooey Deschanel who can’t eat any meat, fish, eggs, dairy, soy or gluten.   The result?  Recipes prepared by the celebrity chefs that look awesome and are fit for company or fancier meals. Many of the recipes are noted as being a challenge to prepare, and contain ingredients that may not fit the bill for an everyday supper. However, they all look super delicious! These recipes include:

Quinoa Pasta with Salsa Verde, Gremolata and Tomatoes

Spicy Grilled Eggplant with Lentil Salad and Cashew Sauce

White Gazpacho with Grapes and Vanilla Oil

Corn Tamales with Chile-Braised Beans, Braised Greens, and Glazed Mushrooms

Strawberry Champagne Soup – Strawberry Rice Ice Cream and Almond Brittle


Emeril Green Episode (Discovery Chanel)
Who doesn’t love a gluten-free pizza party? On July 16, 2009 another mention of gluten-free living and recipe development can be found on an Emeril Green episode, where he makes Italian specialty dishes for a newly diagnosed celiac and her husband. Emeril says he has just the recipes so that this couple will have a pizza party to remember. Some of these unforgettable recipes are:


Italian Salad

Gluten-Free Pizza Dough, White and Red Pizzas

Gluten-Free Pasta Primavera


Emeril Green Episode (Discovery Chanel)
Another mention of gluten-free living and recipe development appeared on April 27th, 2009 on another episode of Emeril Green, where he makes New Orleans favorites, san the gluten. The New Orleans Style Pecan Pie looks so good!

Gluten-Free Chicken Etouffee

Stewed Tomatoes and Okra

Skillet Cornbread

New Orleans Style Pecan Pie with Gluten-Free Crust


Martha Stewart Living / The Martha Stewart Show:
There are many mentions of allergen and gluten free recipes in the last year of Living, Martha Stewart’s magazine and cooking show. Make sure you check out the allergen-free Cinnamon Toastie recipe from BabyCakes in NYC, as well as these other noteworthy and yummy recipes including:

Gluten-Free Chocolate Layer Cake

Hazelnut-Vanilla Shortbread

Polenta “French Toast”

Allergen-Free Cinnamon Toasties

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7 Responses to “Gluten and Allergen Free Cooking on Primetime Cooking Shows!”

  1. Carol Asher Says:

    Thanks for the great recipes! Can’t wait to try some of them.

  2. Kim, The Food Allergy Coach Says:

    I get so excited when gluten and allergen free cooking is on mainstream TV! I missed that episode of Top Chef. Thanks for posting this!

  3. Suz Says:

    GF gone mainstream! I’ve read a rather critical article that people are going GF with no medical indications of need. But a recent study comparing blood samples of those in the military in the 1950’s and those of today showed today’s population was 4+ times more likely to be allergic to gluten. Whatever is going on, I’m glad showbiz is catching up!

  4. Betsy Says:

    Oh wow! Thanks for sharing. I didn’t even know. I will definitely be trying out those recipes!

  5. Esther Says:

    The desserts look soo good…anyone else having a hard time opening up the chocolate layer cake recipe? when I open it, I get the pecan pie recipe?

  6. Kathleen Reale Says:

    I went back in an re-linked the recipe for the Chocolate Layer Cake. Thanks for letting us know there was trouble with the link! Let us know if you still are having trouble!

    Enjoy and…

    Be Free!

  7. Says:

    Today, I went to the beach with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She put the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back!
    LoL I know this is totally off topic but I had to
    tell someone!

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