“In Don’s Montana Kitchen” Cookbook Review and Giveaway

Don Doig, a former head chef in several Montana restaurants and author and publisher of “In Don’s Montana Kitchen: From the Edge of the Wilderness” was no different than any other chef. He cooked with tons of butter and cheese. However, his turn to healthy gluten free and dairy free cooking avalanched his 70-pound weight loss. This is how his cookbook was born. He never cared for readymade meals. He wanted fresh, healthy food with lots of complex flavors with superb textures. That’s what he cooks and that is what he shares with you in “In Don’s Montana Kitchen”. Read my review and enter to win one of three free cookbooks! THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.


In Don’s Montana Kitchen consists of 182 pages of clean cooking. What does clean mean? In this case, the recipes are mainly meat and veggies with a flavorful sauce. Don can take plain veggies like carrots and add a coconut-oil-based vanilla sauce with a little spice and turn it into an amazing dish! The ingredients are easily available in just about any store or online. When Don does use gluten free flour, he uses Namaste Perfect Flour Blend.

The recipes contain complex flavors, often with a high heat index. However, the heat/spiciness is, of course, adjustable. Don often takes a French-inspired Western dish and adds an Indian (spicy) flair.

You will learn helpful things like the highest temperature to use when using coconut oil. While most people already know that you can use coconut milk to substitute dairy milk or heavy cream, but Don also shares his dairy-free substitutes for buttermilk and cheesy flavor (not nutritional yeast), which is extremely helpful!

For sweeteners, he uses xylitol and sometimes stevia.

The chapter on Venison, Lamb, and Small Game contains multiple sauces for venison (or use beef as a substitute). So, if you want every single recipe to pertain to your diet and you don’t eat venison, then skip this book.

I look forward to trying his Baked Spaghetti Squash with Basil and Maple Syrup, and Dairy-Free Coconut-Cashew Pizza Topping, and Dairy-Free Roux (which appears to be as rich as cream-based roux, but dairy-free), to name a few. They all sound amazing! Oh, and while I cannot tolerate citrus, I believe those who do will go crazy for his Chicken Breasts in Orange Marmalade/Mustard Sauce.


  • If you’re a stickler for proper writing, this book is not for you. A paragraph may be discussing one subject when suddenly pops up a sentence having nothing to do with that paragraph.
  • Note: He doesn’t get into pointing out which brands of products are  gluten-free. So, be sure to use common sense and read all labels if you are intolerant to gluten, such as chicken broth.

Putting the above cons aside, Don’s recipes are nothing less than flavorful. So, if you want flavor back in your clean cooking or wish to eat healthy, then definitely check out In Don’s Montana Cooking on Amazon.



Don is giving away copies of his cookbook, one each to three lucky winners. See the below details to learn how to enter.

Entering this giveaway automatically enrolls you in my newsletter, which contains member only recipes and once a week a free gluten free recipe available to everyone!

Prize: one paperback copy of In Don’s Montana Kitchen to each of three winners.

Giveaway runs through August 9, 2018.

Giveaway open to those with a U.S. shipping address only. No friends or family of Don’s or Carla’s, or their families and friends’ friends or family may not enter this giveaway.

How Often: Enter only one time. Additional entries will result in all of your entries to be voided.

How: Add a comment below stating why you wish to enter.

Winner: The winner is chosen at random using random.org.

The winner will be notified via email. So, please enter an email address you check often. The winner will have 7 days to claim their prize and reply with their U.S. shipping address.

As stated above, you’re also signing up for my gluten free e-newsletter when you submit this form. You must be an active subscriber when the winner is chosen. You can easily unsubscribe by clicking on “Unsubscribe” at the bottom of any newsletter once the giveaway is over.

This review and giveaway is sponsored by Don Doig.

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26 Replies to ““In Don’s Montana Kitchen” Cookbook Review and Giveaway”

    1. Hi, I would love to have a copy of Don’s book. I was in Montana for the first time in 2015 when I went to Yellowstone. What a beautiful state Montana is! What an incredible experience Yellowstone is! I have a life-long history of allergies including food, inhalant, chemical and medications. I am an RN and worked in an allergy practice so I was proof to the newly diagnosed that they can get better and live a life style of avoidance as I had done so since 1972. My most offending foods that I avoid like the plague are : Wheat, dairy, citrus, shellfish and some other fish, tree nuts (except coconut), and kiwi. I would love some recipes for venison, elk and bison (buffalo). My dad’s side of the family were/are hunters and they hunted (and still hunt) elk and deer. I love buffalo and have been eating that now for many years. Thank you for your consideration.

  1. I have been moving towards eating mostly meats and veggies and this cookbook sounds amazing!! I could definitely use help in the seasoning and sauces side of things!! Plus I try not to use sweeteners, but I will use stevia and xylitol so this totally works for me!

  2. Have been gluten free over 5 years. I love flavorful foods. Grew up in a small rural community. Would love to read and test recipes.
    Cooking is a passion of mine.

  3. Since being diagnosed with celiac disease in 1996, I’ve read many gluten free cookbooks. I try to find recipes that are the best of the best. I don’t settle for just good enough. That’s what I’m hoping to find in “In Don’s Montana Kitchen” book.

  4. Our daughter has been gluten free for years due to celiac disease. I cook almost exclusively gluten free for all of us now and new recipes would be very helpful for my very picky husband. He doesn’t realize most of the time that he’s eating gluten free!! I’m looking forward to new recipes from this book. Thanks.

  5. I recently went gluten free only because I wanted to lose weight for high blood pressure after reading just a few things about what gluten dies to our bodies. At first I was just doing low card. But on a true gluten-free diet I realized that my acid reflux was not bothering me anymore and the fibromyalgia pain was nonexistent. Not to mention my blood pressure has been much better. I know and realize that clean eating of Whole Foods and gluten-free are the best ways to eat for a healthy heart and healthy body.

  6. My wife and I are eating gluten free and she is dairy free and we are always looking for recipes and ways to create on this way of eating.

  7. I would love to win this cookbook. My husband has celiac disease (gluten free) and I have to be dairy free due to eczema. So I would make very good use of this book.

  8. Gluten/dairy-free that is spicy and flavorful? Yes please!! I’ve been gluten/dairy free since diagnosis in 1989. Despite the huge progress in the availability of gluten-free diary-free products, I’ve not found a good substitute for cheese (I can’t use Dayia because it’s pea-protein based, and I’m allergic to pea and soy). So I’m anxious to see what Don uses for these.

  9. I have been gluten free for a very long time. I would like to have your wonderful sounding sauce recipes and have some great venison ideas! Best Wishes for successful sales for your cookbook!

  10. I love to cook and having an additional source of creative gluten free recipes would sure be nice! Looking forward to reading these recipes and seeing how the author invents his creative plates.

  11. I love to cook and the recipes you mentioned sound yummy. Husband is gluten intolerant so sounds like the book has good possibilities. Thanks for the offer.

  12. When it comes to healthy, clean cooking I am always looking for new ideas. Don’s take on tasty foods in clean cooking sounds very good to me.

  13. I love good food, and it shows! I am about 100 lbs. overweight, and would love to have access to GOOD recipes that have proven their value in a weight-loss arena. Also, my husband is celiac, so I’ve been experimenting with gluten free recipes for the past 7-8 years. Would love to see some of the recipes on here, to try – even if I am not chosen as a winner of this wonderful-sounding book!

  14. Hubby and I are finding we feel better overall when we eat gluten free on a regular basis. I’ve been having a blast trying out new recipes and learning to adapt old ones. This cookbook would be great to fit what we are trying to do.

  15. I would love to have more main and side dishes to cook that delicious and gluten free.

  16. I would love to have an actual book to hold and read through. I am gluten intolerant, lactose intolerant, allergic to melons, preserved strawberries, seafood, nightshade plants (tomato, potato, eggplant, peppers, goji berries, etc.).

  17. I would love to learn more recipes for gluten free and dairy free. I’ve noticed that my pain gets worse with both and I’m trying to find new ways to make food.

  18. I love to cook but need recipes to be gluten, dairy, and sugar free. This book seems like just the thing to bring recipes to a whole new level. Can’t wait to read it!

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