I have a number of friend with gluten allergies so it's important for me to know what they can and can't eat and to be able to cook food that is both safe and delicious for when I have them over. One of my friends with a gluten allergy recommended this book to me and it was definitely a learning experience to read! The author goes through her own experience of living with a gluten intolerance and how she had to organize her own life (including cooking every meal for herself and family for a year) in order to manage this problem. I really didn't understand how gluten allergies worked or how many different disorders, like Fibromyalgia, were negatively affected by having gluten in the diet.
This book really and clearly breaks down who is affected by gluten allergies and intolerances, as well as a comprehensive, well cited list of what foods contain gluten and may contain gluten (or may be cross contaminated with gluten). Further, the author very helpfully notes which foods Gluten is not just in wheat, I learned from this book, but also in barley and rye. This book is truly an excellent guide to creating a gluten free life. It offers clear, well cited information and lots of helpful resources for people who are looking for gluten free foods as well as information for how to identify if a food has the potential to be cross contaminated with gluten. It discusses what to do when at someone else's house, how to dine out safely, and what you can and cannot eat. It also discusses how to take advantage of foreign goods stores like Chinese markets to find inexpensive gluten free products that you might not find in standard Western supermarkets.
In short, this is an excellent guide to live gluten free without breaking your piggybank. an EXCELLENT resource for people with gluten allergies and friends who want to create an environment of safe and delicious eating for all of their friends. GREAT BOOK!