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The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen & Giveaway

The house is quiet. I have it to myself for 24 hours. This is the first time in over five years! The first time since having kids. So what do I do with myself? That's an easy one—catch up on episodes of Chopped (thank you Hulu) and cook in peace—with chic-food ingredients like tofu and mushrooms!

Tonight, for me, myself and I, I prepared (and am devouring as I type) this dish of Braised Tofu in Mushroom Sauce. The recipe is found in Laura B. Russell's new cookbook, The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen; Recipes for Noodles, Dumplings, Sauces and More. I feel like I'm eating Chinese take-out, seriously. This dish is good! And, it's sure to impress any fan of tofu and Shiitake mushrooms. The recipe was easy to follow and quick to put together. The book's publisher, Ten Speed Press (a division of Random House), was kind enough to grant me permission to reprint the recipe here so that you could give it a try, too.

A Few Gluten-Free Products I Love

There are two ingredients this recipe calls for that traditionally are gluten-full. Soy sauce and broth. The base of many Asian sauces is soy—namely fermented soy in the form of soy sauce. I use San-J Tamari Gluten-Free Soy Sauce. To me, there is no difference in flavor between it and the Kikkoman I grew up on. San-J offers organic as well as low-sodium varieties.


The other ingredient this recipe called for, which I needed to ensure was gluten-free, was mushroom broth. The nice folks at More Than Gourmet® had sent me a sample box of their product so thought I would use their Classic Mushroom Essence® in this recipe. I have to say that I am quite impressed with the quality of this company's stocks and sauces. They are made of natural ingredients—no mystery preservatives or fillers. And most, if not all, are gluten-free.

Highly Recommended. A Definite "Buy."

I am so delighted with The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen. It's a cookbook I know I will turn to often. It is beautifully photographed (by Leo Gong) and well laid-out. Laura does a superb job at helping navigate your way through the Asian aisle and markets to source gluten-free alternatives. Next up, the Gingery Pork Pot Stickers (Laura tells you how to make GF dumpling wrappers!) and the Mandarin Pancakes with Mu Shu Pork—Asian classics that usually rely on wheat flour, but not anymore.

Win a Copy!

Ten Speed Press would like to send one Lexie's Kitchen reader a copy of The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen to add to their gluten-free cookbook library.

To Enter: Simply leave a comment below.
Deadline: Leave your comment by midnight 10-3-11.

The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen may be purchased from Amazon and at Borders and Powell's Books. Laura blogs at Notes from a Gluten-Free Kitchen.

Reader Comments (52)

I would love to win a copy of this book, I have it in my cart on Amazon, just waiting to buy it.

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaula Decaria

this is SO perfect! My husband is 1/2 Chinese and would eat Chinese food every night if he could. BUT, I'm basically one big food allergy so I don't cook it too often. I'd love to try out this cookbook!

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie Hayworth-Chin

Would love to win this book! I've been wanting to find some good chinese recipes!

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJesica

mmmmmmmm! I'm intrigued by the potsticker recipe. I have had Dim Sum once, I wish I could have Dim Sum again safely! Maybe with this book I can recreate some dishes....

September 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteresther

I would love to win a copy! I only have one good chinese recipe.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCassidyS

I, too, have this book in my 'wishlist' cart at Amazon so I'd love to win a copy. :)

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMoriah

I'm completely inept at preparing Asian food so this book would be a HUGE help to me!

I would love to have this cookbook. I've never cooked chinese but would love to!

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSonya

Looks like an EXCELLENT cookbook!! I can't wait to read it. :-)

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie D.

this would be an awesome book! I am fairly recently gluten free... and would love some more Asian recipes.. as those are my husband's favorite! We could eat together again! :)

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJacqui

I would love to win a copy of this book - it looks great!

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa P

This looks great and perfect. That is the one thing that I miss the most since going GF.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchristine

Pick me, pick me!!! I have been gf for almost eighteen years. That is too long to go without a dumpling.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMariah

Asian food is the favorite type of food of the two of us who struggle with gluten intolerance and food allergies! I would love to get my hands on this cookbook!

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I would love to try this cookbook! We're newly gluten-free and love Chinese food.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaryLynn

I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease jost over a week ago and the transition has not been an easy one. I would love to win this cookbook so I can have some of my favorite foods again.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSummer

The book sounds wonderful! Would love to figure out how to make good dumplings, and asian noodles and dishes. Thank you for the giveaway contest. :)

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Rogers

Thank you for the great recipe! I think I might try it with chicken, as my husband and kids aren't fans of tofu. :-) It's been three years since my diagnosis, which means three years without Asian food other than P.F. Chang's and a couple of simple recipes I had from before that I was able to convert. This looks like a book I need in my kitchen. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLori

I would love to win this cookbook! I love asian food but with celiac it really limits what I can eat and make. I love the peanut sauce from San-J and all their sauces. I just need to tools to do more.

Chopped is awesome. I record it every week. They should do a novice chopped for at home chefs. I would love to see that.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

Oh I want to win this so badly. I would love to have this.


September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristin W.

This sounds so so yummy Lexi!! Glad you got some quiet time, the boys need to go camping more often:) Would love to add to my cookbook collection.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergina

This looks like a great cookbook; I hope I'm the lucky winner. :)

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

Super cool! The recipes sound delish!

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Rush


September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErica

I checked this out at my library and was amazed by the recipes! I hope I win this! :)

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdebra z

I love Asian flavors.... I would love to win a copy of this book!!

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

Enjoyed your blog--great recipe, too! We're glad you liked our Classic Mushroom Essence, and we thank you for letting your readers know about it. FYI: we have a nice selection of gluten-free recipes at our web site: http://www.morethangourmet.com/our-family-recipes/category/gluten-free.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen@More Than Gourmet

I could really go for some gluten free wontons!! Yummm

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly K

I'd love to win! I miss Asian food since I've been gluten free.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Brandt

I would love to get some ideas for more unique recipes to cook for my family.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I've seen this book and it looks wonderful. How great to be able to enjoy potstickers again!

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLara

Love your site and especially the "Making the Switch" series! Thanks!

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

Chinese food is something I really miss, this book looks amazing.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCindy

I am just new to the gluten free lifestyle. I am always looking for a great new cook book.
This sounds like a good one!

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

Our family is gluten free because of food allergies. Would love to have this book to add variety to our meals

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTamm

I'm Asian and I always lament that the gf cookbooks are always for western cuisines only. Finally! Now, there's one for Asian cuisines!

I would like to know whether the recipes for the dumpling wrapper and noodles are also egg-free. Thanks.

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLena

I love this cookbook & would love love love to win a copy! I just returned it to the library this morning, sad to see it go back.... The Japanese Pub Fried Chicken & Soy SAuce Chicken were a hit with my kids! Now I have to get the book!

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoleen

Oh to have potstickers again! This cookbook is a must have!! Thanks for sharing about it Lexie!

September 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShelly R

This sounds awesome! Would love to try :)

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan

I have been wanting to try these recipes. I would love to win a copy!

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNancy W.

I would love to win this. We love Asian food but it's risky to even go for sushi without getting contamination.

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I would love to have and try this cookbook! It looks great!

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlissa Olin

Oh WOW! To be able to eat potstickers without fear of pain! They look DIVINE!!!!! Another lovely entry on your amazing blog! THANK YOU! :)

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaku

Awesome giveaway! Thank you so much!

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCara

I've only been following a gluten free diet for 2 weeks, but feel so amazing (for the first time in my life). I truly feel like I've made a life change. I have so much to learn! I love Asian foods, so this cookbook would benefit me and my entire family! Love your blog Lexie-thanks for sharing your knowledge.

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBetsy

This tofu dish looks really good - would love to see this new cookbook!

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeanette

Mouth is watering!!! Would love to get a copy of this book since we can't have any wheat products. Potstickers look so delicious!

October 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Would love to win The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen!

October 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchristine

This cookbook sounds wonderful. I don't have very many gluten free Asian recipes. Thanks for the giveaway! :-)

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVenessa

I would love to win this book and start cooking the delicious recipes.

October 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKimberly B.

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