WIN-It-Wednesday: “The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen” Cookbook by Laura B. Russell

Oh how I miss my Asian foods. Dumplings, Crispy Spring Rolls, Mu-Shu Pork, Potstickers, Kung Pao Chicken and more. Since going gluten-free my take-out orders at my local Chinese restaurant have been bland. At best.

“Steamed Chicken and Veggies, please”,  I say with a forced fake smile while ordering my Chinese take-out each week… or should I say Chinese fake-out each week. Come on… really? Who am I kidding? I really, really miss good Chinese and other Asian dishes with all of the flavorful sauces and ingredients that add a burst of flavor and element of surprise.

This is why my fake smile was replaced with a real-life, honest-to-goodness,  ear-to-ear smile when I received an advanced copy of the new cookbook, “The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen – Recipes for Noodles, Dumplings, Sauces, & More” by Laura B. Russell. Talk about good fortune!

This cookbook is a keeper. As soon as I received it I immediately started reading each and every page oohhing and aahhing over each recipe and every scrumptious photograph. By the time I was at the last recipe – I had tabbed over 2 dozen recipes to make myself.

It’s no ancient Chinese secret that Chinese food, as well as Japanese, Korean, Thai and Vietnamese can be jammed packed with gluten and dairy containing ingredients. However, Laura B. Russell does an excellent job of demystifying the most common ingredients used in Asian cooking, as well as supplying tips and tricks to navigate the grocery store; helping find replacements for gluten and dairy ingredients; and ultimately assisting celiacs and dairy-free folks the chance to enjoy Asian cuisine once again.

All these delicious reasons and recipes are why I am thrilled that this week’s WIN-It-Wednesday on is sponsored by Laura B. Russell – the author of  “The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen – Recipes for Noodles, Dumplings, Sauces, & More”.

How can you win?


Reply to this blog and tell us what Asian dish (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai or Vietnamese) you miss the most since going gluten and/or dairy free. (Me? Potstickers!)

A total of FOUR (Yes… 4!)  BeFreeForMe members will be selected to win the “The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen – Recipes for Noodles, Dumplings, Sauces, & More” Cookbook. Two (2) winner will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 11:59 PM EST, and two (2) more winner will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, August 17 and Tuesday, August  23, 2011 at 11:59PM. SO – make sure you enter to win two times!

Good luck, believe in good fortune… and as always,
Be Free!

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115 Responses to “WIN-It-Wednesday: “The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen” Cookbook by Laura B. Russell”

  1. Nicole @ Special Diet Creations Says:

    I miss egg rolls the most, but potstickers are a very close second!

  2. Angie W. Says:

    Postickers! Potstickers! Potstickers! My husband (who can eat gluten) was craving them so much that he bought them and ate them in secret so that I wouldn’t feel sad. It didn’t work. This book would be awesome so that I could make some that both of us can eat!

  3. Jackie Coughlan Says:

    Since going gluten free, the Asian dish that I miss the most is Fried Sweet and Sour Chicken and Egg Rolls.

  4. Rachael Says:

    I miss egg rolls with a passion!!!!!!! Not to mention the yummy dumplings.

  5. Juliana Says:

    I miss the crab cheese wontons, and having lots of choices in what you order.

  6. Lori Niver Says:

    My daughters miss spring rolls.

  7. sarah Says:

    There is no way that I can narrow down what Asian foods I miss the most. Sushi, potstickers, eggrolls, and crab rangoon are some of the things I find myself missing the most.

    P.S. Love this weeks give away!!!

  8. Janet W Says:

    So many things to miss….. the one that comes to mind instantly, though, is cream cheese wontons. Lemon chicken, potstickers, egg rolls, yum!

  9. elicia a Says:

    I miss Japanese white bread that our family calls crack bread cause it’s so good. Being part Japanese and Korean and GF I really miss a lot of things, but mostly making gyoza with my siblings.

  10. Ali Says:

    I miss everything…I LOVE Asian cuisine! I guess if I had to pick one thing, it would be egg rolls. I can’t wait for this book to come out!

  11. trace Says:

    I miss pot stickers, egg rolls, general Tso’s chicken, chow mein, and the crab sushi rolls at our local sushi house. They use imitation crab…not GF. What I really miss the most is just being able to go into the restaurant, order from the menu, and relax with my family.

  12. Christina Says:

    I so miss Combination Fried Rice!!!

  13. Denise C. Says:

    I miss egg rolls, dumplings, and the different sauces that make everything so delicious.

  14. kelly Says:

    Sweet and Sour chicken!
    I love Pad Thai but have been able to find it GF:)))

  15. Brenda Shoemaker Says:

    Holy cow where to even begin 🙁 chinese food is AMAZING I could eat it ALL day everyday! I miss general Tso’s, egg rolls, sweet and sour chicken, I miss it ALL…my kids do to its been a very difficult adjustment and we r still VERY new to the gluten free diet.

  16. Kathi B Says:

    I miss potstickers and chicken lo mein. My middle son requests the potstickers for his birthday every year and I’m not able to join in the celebration because I haven’t been able to find a good recipe to make some.

  17. cb Says:

    I miss fresh fortune cookies ! Also the rolled crepe-like crumbly cookies. *sigh*

  18. Christine S. Says:

    Egg rolls and potstickers are the two main Asian dishes I miss. With an Asian son-in-law and Eurasian grandchildren, I’m always being challenged to stay gluten free.

  19. Crystal Says:

    Lets see, I would have to say EVERYTHING!! I love the noodles, I love egg rolls, dumplings, and Orange chicken, but I have found that Asian cuisine is the best choice being gluten free, they have many options that do not contain gluten.

  20. Danielle Bateman Says:

    I really miss crunchy yummy breaded orange chicken and sesame chicken

  21. Eileeen Sanders Says:

    I miss egg rolls and pot stickers the most.

  22. cheri kelly Says:

    i miss potstickers and egrolls the most oh and fortune cookies are a big one too

  23. Shannon Says:

    My husband is GF and misses everything…but mostly the Sweet and Sour Chicken and Crab Rangoons!

  24. Theresa Shafer Says:

    General Chow’s chicken was how I used to measure if it was a good Chinese restaurant. Now….bland. sigh. I am so looking forward to this book.

  25. Heather ML Says:

    I desperately miss peanut butter chicken, general tso’s chicken, and potstickers. mmm….my mouth is watering just thinking about it! Oh, oh, and crab rangoon. But I can’t have dairy either so that one has no remedy I’m afraid.

  26. Chelsie Says:

    I miss the dumplings and sweet and sour chicken!

  27. Heidi Says:

    I miss Crab Rangoon, pot stickers , fried rice and moo-shu pork!

  28. Serena Says:

    oh.. noodles! how i have missed you.

  29. Rachael Says:

    I miss the fried rice at the local take-out. They use a special addicting sauce with barley malt.

  30. Cassandra Says:

    I would love to win this.

  31. Christine A. Says:

    There are so many things I miss but the one I miss the most is cheese wontons!

  32. Lisa Vance Says:

    wonton soup. I definitely miss wonton soup!

  33. Beth Says:

    What do I miss the most? Where do I begin…….BBQ ribs, beef teryaki, pork fried rice, spring rolls, beef and broccoli, chicken fingers…….really the whole menu! I have made the General Tso’s chicken recipe that I got on your great website and it is delicious but so much more work than picking up the phone and ordering take out!!! I do have to say that PF Changs gf menu is very good but not the same as the take-out joint close to home (and not as cheap either!).
    Thanks for this weeks great give-away!

  34. Jane Says:

    The one goodness I never can have when out eating Asian food is the sweet ending of fortune cookies. I love them but now I only get the fortune and miss out on the joy of the cookie. It is just not the same.

  35. Christina Says:

    Egg rolls and wonton soup! Thanks for this opportunity to win this cook book. I can’t wait to try these recipes.

  36. Clarice Says:

    Dumplings and sweet & sour chicken!

  37. Dyana Says:

    I’m not sure what I miss the most, general tso’s chicken, chinese pizza, sweet and sour chicken….
    What a great idea for a gluten free cookbook. Would love to try making these dishes.

  38. Venessa Says:

    I miss egg foo young with the yummy gravy.

  39. Misty Says:

    I miss spring rolls and the fortune cookies. I loved the taste of biting into the crispy outside and the tasting the veggies that have a bit to them! I always ate the fortune cookie and now I really miss them. I am excited about this book!!

  40. Janice Says:

    I miss noodles the most

  41. Janice Says:


  42. Heather Says:

    I am trying to win this for my sister and she misses Chinese.

  43. Julie Mook Says:

    The thing I miss the most is crab Rangoon and egg rolls.

  44. Laura B. Russell Says:

    I can see everyone has missed Asian food as much as I did before writing this book! The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen does include recipes for spring rolls, potstickers, fried rice, Chinese bbq pork, and a sushi rice bowl (seems like many of you were missing these things). You’ve all given me great ideas to work on more Asian recipes–thanks!! I will tell you I meant to include a General Tso’s recipe in the book, but it was incredibly time consuming (you have to deep fry chicken, clean out the pan, and THEN make a stir-fry with it!) I figured if it was too much trouble for me then you probably wouldn’t want to do it either 🙂

  45. paula P Says:

    Basically,I miss it all! to be specific: I miss crab raggon, spring rolls, won ton soup sweet & sour pork, etc.

  46. Andrea Says:

    I miss eggrolls, and general tso’s chicken!

  47. Jenna Says:

    I miss spring rolls.

  48. Michele Says:

    I miss all Chinese food a lot! But most of all I miss the Pu Pu Platters. I used to love sharing those with my friends and family especially the chicken wings and peking ravioli.

  49. catriel Says:

    Eggrolls. I haven’t had one in thirty-one years!

  50. sylvie Says:

    gyoza . . . I wish there was a substitute to the wheat wrappers.

  51. Larc Bogdan Says:

    Not a specific dish, but we really miss going out for Dim Sum! Living across the border from Windsor, Canada, where there are many Dim Sum restaurants, and not being able to go anymore is a bummer!

  52. cindy Says:


  53. Jennifer Says:

    I miss Asian Food, There are a few things one can always make, but I miss the crab cheese wontons the most, second would be crunchy noodles that can be used in other fun things and last fortune cookies.

  54. Karen Says:

    Egg rolls. Hands down, I miss egg rolls….

  55. Kathy Says:

    Probably the noodles

  56. kourtnie Says:

    Egg rolls, with orange chicken!! My husband can’t have gluten or dairy and I’ve been wanting this forever! but I refuse to cheat, cause he isn’t able too and I know how much be misses is very HOT breaded meals too. 🙁

  57. Carmen Says:

    I really miss Asian food. My extended family and myself would go out for meals at a local Asian food restaurant. It was how we would celebrate a family gathering every year. My sister and I both have Celiac disease so it has been 3 years for both of us without yummy Asian cuisine.

  58. Tina Says:

    Crab cheese wontons, then eggrolls.

  59. Susan S Says:

    Spring Rolls, Egg Rolls

  60. Sharon Z Says:

    Asian food in general. Can’t find anything good around our parts.

  61. Denise Says:

    I miss alot of it, but egg rolls, chicken fried rice, & pot stickers come to mind.
    I not only have intolerances to gluten & dairy, but soy also, so I have to make my own soy sauce, too!
    This cookbook would be a Godsend to have.

  62. Melissa Lawler Says:

    My daughter is the family member in our house who cannot tolerate gluten. She misses steamed dumplings and egg rolls!

  63. Hillary-Heidi Berndt Says:

    I really miss running down to the Chinese restaurant and grabbing some crab rangoon. I miss all of the oriental dishes I used to get.

  64. Brenda H. Says:

    Being new to Gluten Free, I still am trying to adjust to what I can’t eat so getting cookbooks that are just GF is the best way for me get on the right track. But I do miss the Steamed Dumplings and sushi.

  65. Lisa Says:

    Oh boy do I miss dumplings!!!!!

  66. Rita Says:

    Oh how I would love to have Genera Tso’s chicken ! I love Asian food and it has been sad to part from Asian resataurants. Thanks for recipes to bring Asian food back to the table.

  67. Christine Says:

    I really miss General Tso’s Chicken & Eggrolls!

  68. Cassandra Says:

    I would love to win this cookbook.

  69. Lori Niver Says:

    I miss dumplings and egg rolls.

  70. cindy Says:

    I miss eggrolls.

  71. Carole Edminson Says:

    Real soy sauce, wantons and anything crispy/crunchy.

  72. christi Says:

    I miss going to the buffet and getting EVERYTHING! But the thing I miss most of all is probably a dish I used to get in Key West years ago called Cellophane Noodles. It had clear noodles, lots of mushrooms and veggies cooked in a wonderful sauce. It would probably be easy to make gluten free, but I don’t have a clue.

  73. Melissa Lawler Says:

    My daughter misses dumplings and egg rolls! I would love to be able to make them for her.

  74. Libby Says:

    The crispy honey and sesame chicken dishes for sure!

  75. Christina Says:

    The seemingly gluten free sauces that always have hidden gluten and make me sick- can’t wait to try this cookbook!! Thanks for another chance to win.

  76. Tomi Says:

    I miss just being able to go in and order without worrying about ‘what’s in it’. I’ve have a few places that use soy without the wheat which makes it easier. But egg foo yung and udon noodles would be nice.

  77. Venessa Says:

    2nd entry 🙂

  78. Christine S. Says:

    Mmmmmm, egg rolls

  79. Sue Says:

    Moo shu with mandarin pancakes-is it possible to make those gluten free?

  80. Michie Page Says:

    I really miss potstickers, but even more than that, I miss Bao. I have created something similar, but it is definitely not Bao. Mmmmmmmm… Bao It brings back memories of living in SF when I was little.

  81. Mary Costello Says:

    My GF son misses egg rolls. 🙁

  82. Misty Says:

    I really miss having crispy spring rolls and fortune cookies! I am really excited about this new book!

  83. BRENDA Says:


  84. Karen Says:

    Now that I think on it, the blistered green beans!!! Oh, I could eat a whole serving of those myself and then go back for more….

  85. Christine H. Says:

    Beef & chicken lomein. That’s my sons favorite! Mine would be egg rolls.

  86. Kirsten Antony Says:

    Egg rolls! And what about fortune cookies! I am looking forward to the day I can open and fortune and it!

  87. Danny Dobek Says:

    I miss the potstickers soooo much !!! 🙁 If i dont win this book… i may need to buy it!:)

  88. Julia Says:

    Pork lo mein, chicken fried rice and the ribs!!

  89. Mary E. Ficzere Says:

    I agree with everyone…miss all of the yummy oriental dishes, especially the pot stickers!

  90. Serena Says:

    noodles + dumplings + saucy sauce. xo

  91. Debi Says:

    Oh I miss Chinese sauces, you can substitute only so much, woiuld love this cookbook.

  92. Wheatless in MN Says:

    Wheat allergy has me missing egg rolls and of course the forture cookie to top it off.

  93. Kara Says:

    Ahh! I need this book! My kids and I just got back from Singapore and they loved all the food they were allowed to sample that was GF. (Especially Chicken Rice- happily without soy sauce it is GF). What they love, but miss and could not have are spring rolls. Oh, there are so many other things they would have loved to tried have try as well. With this book I can create those dishes and they can taste what they missed.

  94. Theresa Shafer Says:

    Asian, whether it be Japanese or Chinese, I do so miss many of the dishes. I am really looking forward to this cookbook. Sigh to taste it again…..yum…..drool.

  95. cb Says:

    Old fashioned pork buns with the sweet fluffy white bread! And I miss Singapore Noodles which I had to order without onions for my guy who is allergic to cooked onion, but even without the onion it was still good.

  96. GlutenFreeGirl Says:

    I miss reading my fortune from that tasty, gluten-made fortune cookie!
    I may be missing out on a lot of sage advice for future endeavours!
    And I miss that good comfort food of a delicious wonton soup… to warm up my taste buds for Asian cuisine.
    At least I’ve been able to substitute egg rolls & spring rolls, with a rice wrap roll, filled with fresh veggies.

  97. Denise C. Says:

    Oh for egg rolls and dumplings! If I don’t win this book, I have to buy it.

  98. catriel Says:

    Since time of diagnosis in 1980, I have found the most choices compatible with a gluten-free diet in Asian restaurants (where rice and vegetables tend to be mainstays). But as to re-doing traditional Asian recipes which normally contain gluten — I haven’t had the time for or conditions conducive to extensive experimentation. Now it seems, someone has already done the work, and is generously sharing her kitchen-tested recipes!

  99. Marian Says:

    I miss egg rolls. I remember them from my youth.

  100. Robin Says:

    My daughter misses soy sauce and egg rolls…I would LOVE your cookbook, looks wonderful!!

  101. Juliana J Says:

    I miss the crab wantons and sweet & sour shrimp. I also miss orange chicken. There was so much yummy Asian food I used to love.

  102. trenelle collins Says:

    would love to experiment on my family with this!

  103. Brenda H. Says:

    Egg rolls and dumplings! YUM

  104. Kristen Says:

    I miss potstickers the most, but also moo shoo pork.

  105. Jennifer Says:

    I miss LoMein (beef,shrimp,or chicken),spring rolls, crab or lobster rangoons….(tears and sniffling)

  106. Sadie Says:

    I miss the crab wantons, potstickers, egg rolls, dumplings . . . oh and my three children miss it as well. But hopefully in the near future they will grow tired of being able to eat it once again! Thank you for informing me of this book.

  107. Sue M Says:

    I really miss Crab Ranqoon and Egg Rolls. Beginning with an appetizer is always a great social starter. Most people who dine with me feel awkward that they are eating before me and try to make me feel better that my food will soon be coming. Appetizers ! ! ! !

  108. Jean Rochelle Says:

    The one thing I miss most of all in Asian cuisine is definitely soy sauce……on anything from steamed or fried rice to Kung Pao chicken or pot stickers.

  109. Debbie Says:

    I have to honestly say that I miss fortune cookies the most. As a child we would often go out or order take-out Chinese with my grandparents. We always shared our fortunes with each other. Aside from that I miss other things cooked with soy sauce.

  110. kaitlin egan Says:

    i dont kno what i miss exactly…all Asian food. my aunt is Chinese and Taiwanese and it’s torture not being able to eat her homemade food. It was the best ever! and i would love to find food that compares that is gluten free

  111. Angela Says:

    Manapua, chow mein, Vietnamese sandwiches, crab-cream cheese wontons… the list goes on and on.

  112. Barbara Kirch Says:

    I miss potstickers, egg rolls, spring rolls, and bao.

  113. Jen Says:

    I miss so many delicious things…I miss the dumplings, egg rolls, and potstickers. Everytime I go to P.F. Changs I wish I could order these things off the menu. But luckily they have an amazing selection for Gluen Free eaters! I would love this cookbook! I would try everything out of it! 🙂

  114. JMeek Says:

    Eggrolls, dumplings, crab rangoons!!!

  115. Amy Says:

    I miss egg rolls

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