Like the slow and building rumble of an approaching storm, celiac disease and gluten allergies are gaining attention and growing to a loud roar. This past week my brother discovered his digestion problems, sporadic headaches, frequent congestion, and thickened blood have now been attributed to food allergies including a gluten intolerance.
My brother explained that his last trip to the grocery store was eye-opening. He read the labels on everything and discovered how entwined wheat is to so many products. He couldn’t even leave the grocery store with a box of cereal. The hardest part of finding out you have one of these conditions is re-learning how and what to eat. I felt as though I should have more information but I’ve only casually understood the issue and know little of the solution.
As if by fate, yesterday the UPS truck pulled up in front of my house and I heard a big thud as a package dropped on my porch. Still in my boxers and desperately clutching my morning cup of coffee, I staggered out and hauled in my delivery. I opened it and found 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes in my hands. I cracked the book open in wonderment and quickly flipped through it. I knew immediately that this contained the answers to so many questions and felt as though I were Tom Hanks unraveling the Da Vinci Code.
In 1988, Carol Fenster discovered that she should not eat wheat. The world was much different then and the issue was virtually unknown outside of the medical profession. She struggled to find products and information that would allow her to have a normal diet. Over the 20 years which followed, Carol Fenster has become an internationally recognized expert of gluten-free cooking and has authored seven books on the subject.
This latest book is now available and provides a comprehensive set of recipes, from breakfast to baked goods, and even covers formerly off-limit items like pasta. The chapters include:
- Pancakes, Waffles and Other Breakfast Foods
- Quick Breads and Muffins
- Yeast Breads
- Appetizers and Snacks
- Salads and Soups
- Sandwiches, Wraps and Tacos
- Grains and Beans
- Fish and Seafood
- Cookies and Bars
- Cakes and Cupcakes
- Pies and Pastries
- Fruit and Custard Desserts
- Homemade Gluten-Free Ingredients
I’m willing to overlook that this book doesn’t include any photos because it is comprehensive and put together in an easy to read style. Recipes are well-written and concise, with tips and substitution ideas clearly noted. With 720 pages and 1000 recipes, the book provides an all-inclusive guide for anyone pursuing a gluten-free lifestyle.
Released October 6h, you can buy this book from Amazon.com or a bookstore near you!