I am really excited about The Complete Guide to Living Well Gluten Free by my dear friend Beth Hillson from Gluten-Free Makeovers. This is the most in-depth book about embarking on a gluten-free lifestyle that I have read. I was honored to blurb this book, and I highly recommend it as an invaluable resource for anybody living gluten-free.
Having been diagnosed with Celiac Disease over forty years ago, Beth has been viewed as the guru of gluten-free living for decades. As president of the American Celiac Disease Association, she is utterly committed to providing reliable information to the gluten-free community, answering questions about everything from diagnosis to food to lifestyle.
In this book, Beth includes absolutely every single thing you need to know about living gluten-free with credible references, up-to-date research, and studies. The book opens with all of the essential information on celiac disease that is often not covered in other books. I learnt so much reading this book, about how celiac disease can lead to dental enamel defects, depression, anxiety, osteoporosis, and reproductive issues.
Beth then explains the testing procedure in detail including her advice on how to pick a doctor that can really help you. I found the chapter on the broad spectrum of gluten-related disorders fascinating, and I really enjoyed the section on gut issues and probiotics. Then there's the Gluten 101 chapter that is so valuable to anybody navigating their way through the minefield of the gluten-filled world. The section on checking alcoholic beverages, medication, skincare, and cosmetics is so important.
There's so much practical information in this book, it's honestly hard to do it justice in one post. Beth helps you shop, stock your pantry, set up your kitchen, create gluten-free flour mixes, substitute ingredients, eat out safely, cater for kids, socialize, travel, date, and save money living gluten-free. This is not a cookbook, so Beth has the scope in the book to really go into detail. And it's such an enjoyable read, because she has such a fabulous sense of humor. She's not afraid to cut right to chase and talk about gas and the perils of smooching! LOL
But, she does include a handful of her best recipes in the book. Beth specializes in "gluten-free makeovers." So you can send her a recipe for a family favorite, and she will transform it for you. She shares her gluten-free makeovers of staples such as apple pie, banana bread, biscuits, birthday cake, baguettes, sandwich bread, pretzels, and pizza.
If you're embarking on a gluten-free lifestyle, living with gluten intolerance or celiac disease, this book is an incredible resource. Beth's comprehensive book is informed by decades of experience that will empower you to navigate the world of gluten intolerance with absolute confidence. And her delicious recipes along with an abundant "you can have it" attitude will inspire you to actually have fun, too!
Here's Beth's amazing gluten-free, vegan chocolate chip cookies. These are so good, try not to eat them all in one sitting.
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