The Everything Guide to Living Gluten-Free: The Ultimate Cooking, Diet, and Lifestyle Guide for Gluten-Free Families! Paperback – Mar 18 2013
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About the Author
Jeanine Friesen is a recipe developer and freelance food writer. Her blog, The Baking Beauties (www.thebakingbeauties.com), is a collection of gluten-free recipes and tips that have helped her sustain a normal life after being diagnosed with celiac disease. The Baking Beauties has been featured on a variety of websites, such as Celiac Handbook, Simply Frugal, and Gluten-Free Spinner. She lives in Manitoba, Canada.
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this book because of her posts. I highly recommend it
for any person newly diagnosed with a gluten intolerance or celiac;
there are a lot of helpful tips, recipes, etc. to help
you get through the rough patches and to continue on
with your new eating life. Fantastic book - I highly recommend it! ;)
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I must note that over half of the recipes contain dairy. Some of the dairy may easily be substituted with a non-dairy alternative, such as making your own buttermilk, or using dairy-free butter. Sadly, I am not able to eat dairy, so I will need to tweak the recipes to conform to my diet.
The text in the book is green, I'm not lowering the star rating for this, but I'm not a huge fan of the colored text.
Chapter 10 is all about Gluten-Free Kids, Chapter 12 is Kid-Friendly Lunches and Snacks and Chapter 18 is all about Arts and Crafts Recipes. She even included a chapter on Slow Cooker Recipes (one of my favorites). I can't wait to try the Blueberry French Toast Casserole!
This is a well-rounded, well thought out approach to the gluten-free life. I would recommend you take a plunge, you won't look back at what used to be, but what is still very good things to come.
The guide part of the book is a quick 141 pages (with the back containing 100 gluten-free recipes), yet author Jeanine Friesen touches on all the most-know aspects of living gluten-free. Whether starting gluten-free diet under a doctor's orders, or trying to see if eliminating gluten can help you better manage health concerns, this book is the ultimate starting point.
In an age when there is an explosion of people going gluten free for both health or fad diet reasons, there has been a corresponding explosion of information and misinformation on living gluten-free. Friesen relies on current scientific understandings of why and how this pesky little protein can cause so many problems. She goes on to give practical advice for how to adopt a gluten-free life no matter your reasons.
As a person trying to understand gluten and how to avoid it for three years since my partner developed gluten intolerance, I wish I had this resource at hand then! What I was able to learn sifting through the morass of available information over many months, Friesen has provided in a handful of accessible chapters. I was particularly impressed by her ability to explain the science behind celiac disease and gluten intolerance without confusing or boring the novice. She did not dumb down anything either. I consider myself to be fairly knowledgeable on gluten issues, but learned of several potential gluten sources and got some additional tips.
Friesen's goal is to provide a guide on the smoothest, least stressful transition to gluten-free living. She succeeds with practical tips and reassurances. Not only does she help the reader make a safe-from-gluten kitchen in their home, she walks through the challenges of living gluten-free at restaurants, at social gatherings, when traveling, and with children going gluten-free.
The recipes in the book represent a broad spectrum of gluten-free food options and are universally simple and quick recipes that even the most novice cook can tackle with ease. The recipes may be too simple for more advanced cooks and bakers, but they can serve as excellent starting points. The Devil's Food Cake with Mocha Buttercream may be the most successful dessert recipe I've ever made, with or without gluten. I heartily recommend her Ultimate Pumpkin Waffles and Focaccia Bread too. In addition to this wonderful book, Friesen operates the gluten-free cooking website which has scores of additional recipes, both simple and more complex. It is an especially vital resource for gluten-free baked goods.
This book is the perfect starting point for someone beginning to go gluten-free or for someone with a gluten-free person in their life. It can also be helpful to the gluten-free veterans out there.