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The Gluten-Free Bible: The Thoroughly Indispensable Guide to Negotiating Life without Wheat [Paperback]

Jax Peters Lowell , Anthony J. DiMarino
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Book Description

March 10 2005
The definitive guide to the gluten-free lifestyle, completely revised and updated for the 2.2 million Americans with celiac disease

According to a landmark 2003 National Institutes of Health study, 2.2 million Americans suffer from celiac disease, an allergy to the protein gluten found in wheat. Since this book was first published in 1995 (as Against the Grain), Jax Peters Lowell has been helping celiacs follow a gluten-free diet with creativity, resourcefulness, and humor.

This edition includes chapters covering
- the latest research into celiac disease, and myths that have
been debunked
- how to eat out happily, including a short course in restaurant
assertiveness training
- how to eat in happily, including a discussion of online and
mail order suppliers and negotiating the supermarket as a celiac
- dozens of delicious new recipes
- drugs, cosmetics, and other products tested for celiac-safety
- a thoroughly updated resource section

Tens of thousands of celiacs have already enhanced their lives with Lowell's authoritative, witty, and practical guide. The Gluten-free Bible promises to bring relief to the new gluten-intolerant generation.

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"The definitive guide to coping with wheat allergy and celiac disease....the author has left no resource untapped."
--Science News

"Lowell covers every aspect of living wheat and gluten free."
--The New York Times

"Be forewarned: This book is addictive. Jax inspires, educates, entertains. You'll laugh, you'll learn, you'll discover the abundant life that can be yours -- gluten-free."
--Peggy Wagener, Publisher, Living Without magazine

"[This book] will bring tears of joy... It is a treasure and a must for every celiac's library."
--Elaine Monarch, Executive Director of the Celiac Disease Foundation

"With her trademark cheekiness and deep-hearted wisdom, Jax Lowell serves up another celiac classic."
--Diane Eve Paley, President, Celiac Society of America

"I have never read an allergy book that I could say had a heart, but this one does."
--Jim Burns, Food Editor, Los Angeles Times syndicate

"Aren't we lucky this talented writer is one of us!"
--Alice Bast, Executive Director, National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

"Jax Lowell proves it's possible to live and eat happily ever after."
--Connie Sarros, The Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free Cookbooks

"Lowell has succeeded in creating a work that will inspire the patient, dietician, and doctor--RUN, don't walk, to pick up your copy!"
--A. Myron Falchuk, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

"...Just what the doctor ordered."
--Alessio Fasano, M.D., Center for Celiac Research

"A lot of attitude and a terrific sense of humor."
--New York Daily News

"A book that nurtures as it advises."
--Better Homes & Gardens, Cooks' Catalog

About the Author

Jax Peters Lowell has been a diagnosed celiac-and gluten- free-since 1981. A lifestyle expert, advocate, and contributing editor to Living Without magazine, Lowell lives in Philadelphia with her husband and bread machine.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best GF Resource Books out there! Nov. 23 2009
By GF84
In my opinion, after 26 years on this diet there were 3 books that came out explaining the GF diet - Jax Peter Lowell's, Dr Green's and Shelley Case's. And I must also mention Trish Thompson. Each has its own pluses and minus and direction focusing on a little bit of a different area of being GF, diagnosis, resources and how to get better. Jax's book excels at the nutrition part of the equation and from my read of it quite a while ago I still remember the ease that she wrote and explained things with! However I was already diagnosed and well settled into the gf diet, she still provided tips and hints to me that I missed when I started out on my own as none of these books existed when I was diagnosed. It is funny, light and humourous for those who are just starting out on the diet and is better suited to those in the US. Great read and very informational!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thankyou Jax!!! May 9 2006
By Sarah
I was diagnosed celiac two years ago, and have strayed from my diet numerous times since then, because of a lack of information and a lack of a sense of importance with the diet. Jax writes about celiac disease in a clear manner illustrating her points from real life experience thereby helping one to realize the true importance of the gluten free diet. She gives resources and information that are of paramont importance to celiacs in this book helping us to fumble through a glutenous world gluten free. Thank you Jax, this book has literally changed my life.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Comprehensive Guide June 29 2005
Jax Peters Lowell has done an excellent job of providing a comprehensive resource for people with celiac disease. She mixes facts with humour and manages to make life with celiac disease seem like an adventure, rather than a curse.
Not only are the basics here (safe and unsafe foods, related medical problems, internet resources, etc.) but she also deals with the emotional side of celiac disease and its effect on relationships with family and friends. After reading the first chapter, I bought an extra copy for my father, who also has celiac disease.
For those who are newly diagnosed, I think that this book is an excellent place to start, and all celiacs can benefit from Jax Peters Lowell's take on the disease.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was looking for April 4 2011
By Chisa
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Ok this book does have a lot of references on helpful info but I was hoping for something different. It sits on my shelf. Perhaps I may need it in the future. I found the "Gluten Connection" much more helpful and I thought this book would be the same but it wasn't.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Jax Is Too Lax... April 7 2005
By Gluten Mom - Published on
I don't know if the years that have gone by and the experiences I have had with dealing with other celiacs and the gluten free diet have changed my perspective, but I am underwhelmed with Jax Peters Lowell's new "Gluten Free Bible", which is a new revision of "Against the Grain".

When my family of four celiacs was first diagnosed, her book "Against the Grain" offered me a refreshing perspective on how to deal with this condition. At that time I thought that if I could raise my celiac children with her perspective, they would be fine. I thought that her determination and zeal in pursuing special treatment because she wasn't "ordinary" was admirable.

In the "Gluten Free Bible", Jax falls flat. She sounds too preachy, too whiny, and she deals with some things too superficially to make this book a worthwhile addition to a celiac's library. She goes beyond addressing gluten-free issues to address her concerns with the fat and sugar content of the average American diet, her concerns with pesticides and chemicals, and her preoccupation with the macrobiotic food fad. This ends up leaving the original portions of "Against the Grain" with less sparkle, panache, and flair.

In my opinion, eating the toppings off of canapes and the innards from sandwiches and trying to avoid eating the cheesecake crust are just not reasonable activities that even a starving celiac should be engaging in. A much better strategy for a celiac to use when out on the town is the boy scout mantra of "be prepared". I encountered many factual inaccuracies in the Gluten Free Bible that may be of great concern to celiacs. Products long known to be gluten free, such as Tootsie Rolls, Butterball turkeys, Starbucks coffee, and medications like Lipitor and Zoloft are described in the book as being unsafe for a celiac to consume.

Some of the basic information in her resource pages at the back of the book is just simply wrong. I found spelling errors here and there. I have to wonder about just how much of a rush the author and publishers were in to get this on bookstore shelves. I was disappointed with her treatment of celiac disease and communion, particularly Catholic communion. While she seems to be more aware of cross contamination issues in this book than in Against the Grain, she is still writing about removing the contents of a "normal" sandwich and putting it between two slices of gluten free bread and eating it -- if you are not "too sensitive".

She writes that she expects that copies of this book will be as well-worn and dog-eared and beloved to celiacs as "Against the Grain". I think not. I think my copy will end up in the round file. Newly diagnosed celiac patients who are looking for a good book about the gluten-free diet should try Shelley Case's book "The Gluten-Free Diet" or "Wheat Free, Worry Free" by Danna Korn.
56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Gluten-Free Bible July 4 2006
By Meredith R. Harris - Published on
There are serious inaccuracies in this book that can cause a great deal of stress for a celiac. The section on medications with gluten is especially troubling as it causes someone who thought they were safe to worry for no reason. Most troubling is her treatment of the risks of cancer. Her treatment is both superficial, incaccurate and unrealistic. First she says that the risk is the same whether you maintain a gluten free diet or not. Then she says that the only thing you can do about it is to not worry about it. Her discussion of picking food out of a sandwiches is poor advice. In one section she understands the problems of cross contamination, yet doesn't seem to understand that picking apart food is more of a risk than using a toaster. Finally, her flip advice about how to avoid answering questions is ridiculous. Why not be honest instead of avoiding the questions. It's up to the person as to how many details they want to give. But avoiding the issue is not the answer.
111 of 129 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great attitude, if only the info was great... May 2 2005
By GFinRI - Published on
Although Jax presents the gluten free lifestyle with a great attitude, anyone serious about the diet knows that it isn't this easy. The hard info that Jax gives in this book is outright wrong and could be very dangerous to some one new to the diet. She needs to loose the casual approach and get real about being truly gluten free.
51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good read but NOT RELIABLE for Medical/Diet Info May 1 2005
By Allison - Published on
Whether this book is worth reading depends on what you are looking for.

Jax Lowell is clearly a talented and enthusiastic writer who can make you feel upbeat about a gluten-free diet. If you want a "feel-good" experience or a mood-booster, this book could be the one.

This update of her earlier book, however, still recommends practices that are dangerous for celiacs, such as removing sandwich fillings from between gluten bread and putting it between your own gluten-free bread. To the general public, this may sound a reasonable survival strategy, but research studies are consistently showing that even minute amounts of cross-contamination can keep the autoimmune response of celiac active and damaging the intestines. Even an amount of gluten so small as 1mg/day has caused continuing damage, according to one study.

Instead of purchasing the "Gluten Free Bible", money would be better spent on: Danna Korn's "Wheat-Free, Worry-Free: The Art of Happy, Healthy Gluten-Free Living" or Shelly Case's "Gluten-Free Diet: A Comprehensive Resource Guide". If you are looking for gluten-free recipes, check out any of Bette Hagman's cookbooks or Roben Ryberg's "The Gluten-Free Kitchen".
49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not hear, do not obey... April 4 2006
By Jeannette Randall - Published on
If you have a mild to moderate gluten intolerance, you can MAYBE follow this book's advice and be safe. If you have full on Celiac Disease, you will find yourself sick in a single digestive cycle!

Jax's information is lacking, out of date, and incorrect. I obsessively research foods, medicines, ingredients, and restraunts so as to be able to join my friends and family in their dinners, and my research shows Jax to be woefully incorrect. I'm encouraging my local booksellers to not carry this any more, and I encourage the discerning readers amoung you to take great care. If you want the feel good stories, read the feel good stores. Don't take the feel bad advice.
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