You’ve made it to Day 22 – congrats! Hopefully some of you are already lucky winners from great gluten-free brands!
I wanted to take a day to really recognize some of the great gluten-free and celiac authors in our community and even offer you a chance to win one of their books/e-books! There are so many amazing books out there, and I’ve highlighted several already on Celiac and the Beast an our social media. However, I’ve posted some new ones below and some ones that have been out that deserve some extra street cred.
NEW: The Savvy Gluten-Free Shopper: How To Eat Healthy Without Breaking The Bank
By Jennifer Fugo
If you felt sticker shock when you first went gluten-free, you’re not alone. Jen explains the shock you probably all faced when initially going gluten-free or upon receiving your celiac diagnosis. Then again, much of this is from consuming packaged goods that are insanely more expensive than “regular” food.
If you’re unaware of what Jen talks about all the time on GFree School – here’s her mantra: “If you have not heard this before, allow me to spare you years of confusion: the “gluten-free” label does not necessarily mean that a product or item is “healthy.” That is a pervasive lie that’s been perpetuated by the media, celebrities, health professionals, food companies, and bloggers.” While Jen and I may not agree on what we eat on a regular basis (aka I love cookies and pizza more than just about anything), I totally understand her and what she preaches. Gluten-free is not necessarily health food – which is terrifying because so many people have adopted a gluten-free diet only for weight-loss (seriously who does that).
The whole point of this publication is to help you get savvy when it comes to shopping for gluten-free food – or should I say naturally gluten-free food and food that is nourishing and healthy. You’ll learn how to budget properly, stock your pantry with the basics, how to store food properly (including freezing vegetables properly, how long you can store leftover meat – seriously my significant other needs to read this part, etc. Now, Jennifer isn’t trying to make you into some crazy food hoarder, but her tips are great for how to keep naturally gluten-free food to keep safe and keep you on budget. She also has a great chapter on kitchen gadgets to help you prep, store and save! In addition to planning, she has an entire chapter of money-saving recipes as well! If you are new to gluten-free and you feel overwhelmed with your grocery bill, this is a great choice for you.
Family Approved Gluten Free Recipes
NEW: Succeed At Living Gluten Free
NEW: It’s Celiac Disease, Now What?: The Beginner’s Guide to a Gluten Free Lifesstyle
By Pam Jordan (I’m a Celiac)
Pam has a whole host of gluten-free books – including Family Approved Gluten-Free Recipes that we’ve featured on Celiac and the Beast before. This book covers a myriad of chapters about living a gluten-free life – basic tips and tricks, shopping, and travel tips.
I adore that one of her first tips is: “Commit to a 100% Gluten Free lifestyle. Cheating is not an option.” There are 27 total basics of living gluten-free, ranging from social changes to letting you know that you’ll have dreams about eating gluten (seriously, we all do).
The book also showcases tips and tricks in the kitchen, like suing a separate colander and giving quinoa a chance, as well as gluten-free dining out, and gluten-free travel tips. In total there are 65 tips and tricks for helping you make the best of your new gluten-free life that makes you feel like you’re talking to a real insider.
Celiac and the Beast: A Love Story Between a Gluten Free Girl, Her Genes, and a Broken Digestive Tract
By me. Yep.
I hear people like it. Thanks guys. xoxo.
Gluten is my Bitch: Rants, Recipes, and Ridiculousness for the Gluten-Free
By April Peveteaux
She’s amazing. She’s awesome. She’s a professional writer. This book is so great. I’ve been told that April and I are very similar in our writing styles – which is possibly the biggest compliment to me, and I’m currently writing my apology letter to April. But we’re both funny ladies that like to tell the whole truth and nothing but the disgusting truth. It has bad words in it, unlike the other books. Buy this book – laugh, and have a glass of wine.
NEW: Gluten Freedom
By Alessio Fasano, MD and Susie Flaherty
This is THE book written by THE doctor. Sure, it doesn’t have sharting stories like mine has, but holy crap I am SO excited that this book is finally out there. Finally out there to counter myths perpetuated by pop culture and books like Wheat Belly. This literally is an essential guide (like it says) to a healthy gluten-free lifestyle. He makes a valid attempt to write it so everyone can understand – which is one of the reasons why he’s so well-liked as a doctor and a speaker in the celiac community.
The Warm Kitchen
By Amy Fothergill
There’s nothing pretentious about Amy, her cooking, her book, or her recipes. This is a great book that covers everything – the entire kitchen. Everything seems easy enough to make the the ingredients are….um…normal? I haven’t found anything that would require a special trek to acquire or something you probably didn’t already stock in your kitchen. I love that this book is just an all-around great cookbook for a family chef of any skill level to satisfy family palates. Throughout the book you’ll find basic cooking lessons like basic knife skills and how to cut veggies, making sauces and gravies – including a dairy-free way to create lemon and garlic cream sauce or creamy wine and herb sauce, gluten-free pasta cooking tips, tips for baking products with yeast and more. Example, on page 116-119 you’ll find ways to cook a chicken breast – like floured, battered and breaded, and the various spice profiles for different flavoring to add to your chicken seasonings. Here are some of the recipes I’m most interested in:
- Dairy-Free Macaroni & “Cheese”
- Italian Meatballs (did you know you could use gluten-free oats instead of breadcrumbs???)
- Sauteed Italian Chicken (I love you – capers)
- Chicken Pot pIe
- Bagels (it even sounds like I could make these)
- Chocolate Crackle Cookies
You can usually find Amy at Gluten-Free Expos, where she will gladly autograph a copy of her book! She’ll be one of the bloggers with me at the upcoming Celiac Disease Foundation event in Pasadena in June!
Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-Free & Vegan Recipes
By Debbie Adler
So excited about this baking book! There are so many allergen-friendly recipes in this book that look TO DIE FOR. Almost every page of this had something interesting in it – from donuts to pancakes to cupcakes. This is fantastic for allergen-free baking and vegan bakers alike – as recipes are free from eggs and dairy (perfect for me too). It’s also sugar free – which calls for a lot of Stevia. I am very anti-Stevia, so there will have to be subs made for me, but there is never anything that fits perfectly and I’m sure that many people are interested in a processed-sugar-free existence.
By Kyra Bussanich
I’m in love with this book. It’s absolutely gorgeous and the author – a personal friend – is one of the most amazing bakers (and also extraordinary human being) on the planet. Her food is sob-worthy – it’s that good. The following recipes are incredibly drool-worthy and delicious looking:
- Espresso scones
- S’mores Tartlets
- Chocolate Hazelnut Tart
I know that I will absolutely murder the sanctity of these recipes by making a million substitutions (and probably skipping vital parts of the recipe), which is why there are no pictures of me trying to replicate from this book. Because Kyra comes from a professional culinary background, the recipes are serious stuff – so if you’re into specific ingredients (specific flour varieties, etc.), this is for you. But the effort will be worth the reward – she makes the most high-quality baked goods (that happen to be gluten-free) that I’ve had out there.
ENTER TO WIN
What lucky winners can receive:
- Paperback copy of Celiac and the Beast the book
- eBook of I’m A Celiac
- eBook of GFree School’s/Jen Fugo’s The Savvy Gluten-Free Shopper: How To Eat Healthy Without Breaking The Bank
- Living Without Gluten Free & More special Baking Issue
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