A decade ago, celiac disease, gluten intolerance or the gluten-free lifestyle diet were relative unknowns in the vocabulary of dietary conditions and considerations. However, today, some 25% of Americans are concerned with gluten consumption. People affected are unable to eat foods with gluten, the storage proteins found in wheat, rye and barley. Celiac disease is the harshest end of the gluten-as-allergen end of the spectrum and is a serious condition.
The solution for gluten allergy, celiac disease or a gluten intolerance is the same - avoid the ingestion of gluten containing foods.
Gluten Free Diet Cookbook: Wheat Free Eating Choices for People with Celiac Disease is my first cookbook of gluten-free recipes.It is my personal collection of exciting and flavorsome recipes for the gluten-averse that are also quick and easy to prepare.
You'll be surprised where you find gluten once you start looking: It's used as filler in soup and packaged foods and hidden in cough syrup, soy sauce, even shampoo, supplements and certain medications. And when you have an intolerance to gluten, inadvertently ingesting it may cause a severe reaction. This is why it is of the utmost importance to make sure that the meals you prepare are 100% gluten-free.
This book was written out of necessity, since my husband was recently diagnosed with celiac disease. Ever since his diagnosis, I found myself learning as much as I could about gluten-free cooking. Since going gluten-free is the primary means to manage the disease symptoms, I learned to adapt many of my recipes to fit his new diet. My aim is to still keep my recipes as simple as possible without sacrificing taste and good nutrition.
In this cookbook, you will find a nice collection of easy to prepare recipes that do not sacrifice on great taste. The recipes run the gamut from wine infused drinks, soups and salads, side dishes and snacks, sandwiches, entrées, and desserts.
While a gluten-free diet may be restrictive in some aspects, it doesn't have to be all about deprivation. And the collection of recipes in this cookbook will open a world of healthy gluten-free foods to you.
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Published December 20, 2013