“A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey” Cookbook Giveaway

Eclectic, vibrant, and adventurous. That’s what author Sibel Hodge says our gluten free diet can be.

That’s why I broke my own rule of not reviewing gluten free cook books. (Let’s face it, most are a mere regurgitation of tired old recipes we find on the web that may or may not turn out as they should.)

Sibel offers excitement, something different…something new… in terms of gluten free cooking.

Like me, Sibel loves food and refuses to be held back by the so-called restrictions of a gluten free diet, especially when it comes to the traditional dishes of her native Turkey.

In this easily downloadable eCookBook, Sibel completely encapsulates Turkish cuisine; however, makes it friendly as our favorite comfort food, even for those who have never tried Hummus, Shish Kebab or fantastic Aubergine Bake.

That’s not all! In her book, Sibel provides more than recipes. She takes time to give us a bit of background for the dishes, how they are used and even serves up a taste of nutritional info on the side!

So far, I’ve made the three dishes mentioned above plus:

  • Vegetable Frittata
  • Beetroot Salad
  • Green Olives with Garlic
  • Baked Eggs
  • Individual Corn Bread
  • Vohito Cocktails (You must try the beverages included!!)
  • Sweet and Spicy Salmon

From meat dishes to cocktails to breads and pastas with much in between, Sibel takes us on a culinary tour of Turkey and we never even leave the kitchen! It’s wonderful and I know you’ll love her book. (There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian recipes included if you’re not a meat eater!)

Because she’s such a dear, she’s offering two copies for me to give to two lucky readers in the format of the winners’ choice.

Our giveaway BEGINS TODAY (12.14.12) and ENDS MONDAY, DECEMBER 17 at MIDNIGHT EST.

TO ENTER the giveaway (this is a bit different than usual) LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling me what you’d like to see more of on GlutenFreeGigi.com in the future. (Please only leave one entry comment; repeat entries will not be counted.)

Two winners will be selected at random from all entries and announced in the Wednesday (12.19.12) edition of the “Daily Gluten Free Fix”.

Good luck to you!

Now, if you simply cannot wait (and I understand if you cannot…this is a fabulous book!), you may order a copy of “A Gluten Free Taste of Turkey on Amazon.

It’s so affordable, you may want a copy for yourself and another (or two!) to give as gifts!

(Please note: I receive no compensation from the sale of the books, I am simply offering the link to you for your convenience.)

On another note, I must tell you Sibel is an accomplished author of Romantic Comedy and Mystery Novels, too! If you’re looking for a great read from an outstanding lady, check out her website.

I’ll see you here Monday – with one week before Christmas – with delightful foods for you to serve to your family. Enjoy your weekend, Honey Bunch!


Gigi ;)

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  • Angel

    Gigi, I would like to see recipes well suited to school lunchboxes. It is easy to get in a rut packing lunches everyday!

  • Jayne Koch

    Hi Gigi. I would love to see recipes from different ethnicities. I never would have picked up or looked at a cookbook of Turkish if not for your postings. Thanks

  • pauline

    Some of the science showing how long flour hangs in the air and why topical gluten is dangerous to us. Thanks!

    • http://www.glutenfreegigi.com Gluten Free Gigi

      Hi, Pauline.

      GREAT question…look for answers soon!


  • Ann Waters

    I love your website and and the monthly “Food Solutions” . For the past week I have been busy unsubscribing from many of the new websites that seem to be growing like mushrooms. Your website is the only one I trust for information because of your extensive knowledge and research.

    Please sign me up for the drawing for the new cookbook with Turkish recipes. It’s time for me to become a more adventurous cook.

    • http://www.glutenfreegigi.com Gluten Free Gigi

      Hi, Ann.

      You are such a dear with your kind words!

      I’m happy and honored to be your trusted source of gf information. I will continue to do my best to provide only the best, most factual and accurate information for you and everyone reading. It is my pleasure.

      Thank you for your support of what I do. It is only through individuals like you that I am able to continue my work here.

      yes!! I love adventure in the kitchen, too! :)


  • Kaitlyn

    Id love to see more about how to date someone not gf.. I am and he’s not so finding food that we both can have and enjoy is hard. Also anything more like the “kiss of death” information would be great because I never even thought about that! No more “try this” off my fork for him…

    • http://www.glutenfreegigi.com Gluten Free Gigi

      Hi, Kaitlyn.

      Yes, great issue!!

      Did you see this article about avoiding the “Kiss of Death” when you’re GF?? http://www.glutenfreegigi.com/your-questions-answered-avoid-conveyor-belt-contamination-the-kiss-of-death-and-more/


      • Kaitlyn

        Absolutely! I even considered giving my boyfriend a copy of the article some toothpaste and mouthwash as a gift! ^_^ Cant wait to hear more information about everything gluten free!

        • http://www.glutenfreegigi.com Gluten Free Gigi

          Congrats, Kaitlyn!!! You won a copy of the cookbook!

          I’ll email you soon for details. :)


          • Kaitlyn

            ^_^ Yay!!!! I can’t wait! thanks soo much!!

  • Susan

    I would love to see more Italian recipes. I am GF and my family is not. I would love to make my usual family meals GF and have my family think they are non-GF recipes. Sneaky I know but it would be so much easier to make one meal for all of us and not have to cook twice!

    • http://www.glutenfreegigi.com Gluten Free Gigi

      Hi, Susan.

      Great request!

      Have you tried my GF Pasta yet?? My family prefers it to the “real deal” you find in authentic Italian restaurants.


  • April

    I’d love to see gluten free recipes that are lower in added starches! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    • http://www.glutenfreegigi.com Gluten Free Gigi

      Hi, April.

      What are you specifically trying to avoid in terms of starch?

      You’re so welcome!!


  • Phyllis Rottgering

    I always thought gluten free was just what you eat. Little did I know that gluten is in just about everything. So, next month when you cover skin care and products that are safe for us, this is what I have been waiting for. This is my question that I am dying to know. Tell us Gigi what we can do to keep ourself healthy inside and out.

    We love you for all that you do to help us.

    • http://www.glutenfreegigi.com Gluten Free Gigi


      You are just going to love what I have for Jan. “Food Solutions”!!!

      It’s definitely a winning issue!

      We’ll cover inside/out beauty in the New Year like never before!

      Thank you for the love…I appreciate you so much!


  • http://www.sibelhodge.com Sibel Hodge

    I’m sooooo glad you enjoyed the cookbook, Gigi! I wanted to include healthy, easy-to-cook recipes that needed no special equipment or ingredients but also tasted delicious!

    2 lucky winners can be cooking a different kind of Turkey, this year! ;)

    Happy Gluten Free Christmas xx

    • http://www.glutenfreegigi.com Gluten Free Gigi

      Thank you, Sibel!

      It’s a great cookbook.

      I’ve enjoyed using it and making recipes for my family.

      Happy Christmas to you, too!

  • Amy

    I would be curious to know what household
    items to stay away from.

    • http://www.glutenfreegigi.com Gluten Free Gigi

      Hi, Amy.

      Just started working on this… stay tuned!


  • http://AglutenfreetasteofTurkey Mairead

    I would love to see recipes for loaves…zucchini, banana, carrot. Have enjoyed everything I am learning for my daughter so far.
    Thank you for all your hard work and the time involved.

    • http://www.glutenfreegigi.com Gluten Free Gigi

      Hi, Mairead.

      Great to see you here.

      Loaves… great request! Look for something soon.

      Did you see my Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pound Cake (a loaf cake) in the brand-new “Happy Gluten Free Holiday” recipe collection??


  • http://hskeenan@hotmail.com sherrill

    Hi, I would like to know how to read labels on packages , to alert me of glutens in the products, thanks so much , keep up the good work, so many people depend on your knowledge for guidance,

    • http://www.glutenfreegigi.com Gluten Free Gigi

      Hi, Sherrill.

      Thank you for visiting and for your comment.

      Yes, a very good request you make! I’m focusing on this in my Jan. issue of “Food Solutions” when it comes to cosmetics and beauty products.


  • Susan Spann

    More gluten free adaptations of old favorites: particularly desserts and breads.

    • http://www.glutenfreegigi.com Gluten Free Gigi

      Hi, Susan.

      Yes, these are always the best, don’t you think?

      If you have something in particular you’re looking for, you’re welcome to let me know.


  • Lacey Jones

    I would like to see more gluten free party food recipes especially since New Years Eve is coming up! Love reading your newsletters!

    • http://www.glutenfreegigi.com Gluten Free Gigi

      Hi, Lacey.

      You will LOVE what I have coming very soon… just what you are looking for with quite a unique twist!

      Thank you for your comment!


  • Nancy Oliva

    We are being enjoy the GF food so far, hasnt come across anything we didnt like…

  • http://www.glutenfreegigi.com Gluten Free Gigi

    This Giveaway ended midnight Dec. 17, 2012.
    Winner will be announced Wed., Dec. 19, 2012 via the “Daily Gluten Free Fix” free eLetter.


  • LaurieHanan

    I’m excited at the thought of learning to cook more Middle Eastern and Mediterranean gluten free foods. I love exotic flavors and spices.