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About the Author

Vanessa L. Maltin is the director of outreach and programming at the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. She was diagnosed with celiac disease as a young college student after writing an in-depth article on the condition for the Palm Beach Post. She now lives in Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (August 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595404243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595404247
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vanessa Maltin is the author of Beyond Rice Cakes: A Young Person's Guide to Cooking, Eating & Living Gluten-Free and The Gloriously Gluten-Free Cookbook: Spicing Up Life with Italian, Asian and Mexican Recipes.

Vanessa is the Food & Lifestyle Editor of Delight Gluten-Free Magazine, a publication geared towards people with food allergies, celiac disease and other medical conditions relating to food. Additionally, she consults for a variety of gluten-free food manufactures and is an active member of the Advisory Board of the Celiac Disease Program at Children's National Medical Center.

Vanessa has appeared on numerous television shows as a gluten-free food and celiac disease expert including Planet Green's Emeril Green, CNBC's On the Money and CNN's Newsroom with Heidi Collins. She has been interviewed and quoted in U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Washington Woman, Supermarket News, Publix Greenwise Magazine and numerous other local newspapers. Additionally, she writes the Celiac Princess blog (www.CeliacPrincess.com), which receives thousands of visitors every month.

Vanessa received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the George Washington University and a Culinary Arts degree from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. Additionally, she holds certificates in the Practical Applications of Food Allergy Guidelines and Nutritional Analysis for Federal School Breakfast & Lunch Programs.

Previously, Vanessa was the Director of Programming and Communications for the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. In this role, she was responsible for the foundation's programs including the Gluten-Free Cooking Sprees, continuing education programs for medical professionals and chefs, media outreach and strategic partnerships with corporations. Previously she worked as a health care reporter for the Advisory Board Company's Daily Briefing and for Cox Newspapers, where she covered health care, politics, immigration and other breaking news for major newspapers including the Palm Beach Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Dayton Daily News. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, playing the flute, ballroom dancing and pursuing anything related to improving celiac disease and gluten-free awareness.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Leslie on March 13, 2007
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This cookbook does have a lot of good information in it which is nice...and it has few recipes which I will probably try to use.... but I wouldn't say that it will be the one with the most bent pages. :)

I'm only 23, so I would imagine that I will qualify as a "young person", but some of the recipes were so basic that they probably shouldn't have been included. However, that being said, there are a few that are worthy of being included in our "rotation".

I like the fact that she is increasing Celiac awareness and that she provides bonus information. I just wish that there were some juicier recipes in there!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Simmons on February 6, 2007
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I found the book to be very basic yet informative. It had some good recipes, but I guess I was expecting a little more.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Betsy Bowman on July 18, 2007
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A wonderful book for all and especially for people who live alone both young and old. Disregard Maltin's "young person" focus. Regardless of your age you will enjoy reading the book and using the recipes. Maltin writes with a practical and humorous view of reality. There are a lot of great tips and good advice in addition to the recipes. I am a senior citizen who lives alone who has cooked a lot of complicated recipes--this is one of my favorite books.
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I bought this cookbook with the expectation that it would provide good recipes based on the reviews it received from others. I am very disappointed in it. I am not new to celiac disease or gluten intolerance so did not need nor want the 55+ pages of information about that. I also didn't need nor want to hear the author's stories about dates she had in the past. I didn't need nor want 6 pages of listings for where you can buy gluten free wedding cakes all over the US. Who would need or want that information anyway? I wanted a good cookbook - that's all. This cookbook is DEFINITELY a YOUNG person's guide and written to that level. It has some decent recipes in it that I'll probably try but a lot of them are too simple. For example there are recipes for a veggie platter and another for a cheese plate. Veggie platter simply says cut up a variety of vegetables and arrange them on a plate and the cheese plate is the same but uses cheese vs. vegetables. Who would need those recipes anyway? In addition the recipes are presented in a disorganized manner. They're in random order in 4 sections and there's no index so you have to just flip though all the recipes in a section to find something you might want to use - not convenient at all. And there are many, many unhealthy sounding recipes in this book that take sour cream, cream cheese, sour cream and cream cheese together, and all sorts of cheeses. If a person has a cholesterol or weight issue a lot of the recipes would have to be altered to make them less hazardous to ones health. I bought Nicole Hunn's Gluten Free on a Shoestring at the same time as this book and find it fantastic in every respect.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bluefli80 on October 11, 2006
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Beyond Rice Cakes is a fantastic book, and I don't even have Celiac Disease. The recipes are easy to make and taste great too. Maltin's positive attitude about being diagnosed with the disease, and her proactive approach to treating it and helping others to treat it is incredible. Her humerous story telling in this book makes it an even better read and should help convince anyone with the disease that it's best to laugh about it...and eat some fantastic gluten-free foods in the meantime.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sarah D. Hodges on September 9, 2006
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I've suffered from celiacs for years, and have been unable to find a cookbook with more than one or two recipes I can follow to a tee. "Beyond Rice Cakes" has renewed my palate. Now, instead of dreading meals, I look forward to the delicious options available to us gluten-free girls!
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By Amazon Customer on January 15, 2011
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This book is helping us in modifying our lifestyle. It is an informative and very clear book and it is one of our main books we live by.
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