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"Delicious recipes, easy-to-follow meal plans and knowledgeable nutrition advice." -Richard Simmons

"Brown, a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, and chef, has assembled a comprehensive, three-part look at living with gluten intolerance or celiac disease. Part 1, 'Making the Change,' helps ease the transition into a gluten-free diet, providing the basics, quick-and-easy substitutions, tips on interpreting food labels, and advice on handling the emotional aspect of a lifestyle change. Part 2, 'Making Gluten-Free Living Simple,' covers finding hidden gluten in food, gluten-free cooking, and dining out. Part 3, 'Making Your Life Healthy, Happy, and Uncomplicated,' advises readers on how to explain easily gluten intolerance or celiac disease to family friends and offers simple coping strategies. In addition, this section includes valuable lists of web sites with restaurants that offer gluten-free menus, companies that sell gluten-free products online, and organizations that specialize in providing information about gluten intolerance and celiac disease. Also included are meal cards written in several languages that can be helpful when traveling or dining out and a good variety of gluten-free recipes.Verdict This is an essential read for anyone who has been recently diagnosed with gluten intolerance or celiac disease."-Lisa Felix, Mishawaka-Penn-Harris P.L., Mishawaka, IN, Library Journal, January 2010

"As a dietitian and Chef, Marlisa brings it all together in this delightful guide to better gluten-free living. Written in easy-to-understand language that is especially helpful for the newly diagnosed."-Carol Fenster, author of 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes

"Without a doubt Gluten-Free, Hassle Free is a winner! And the Gluten-Free Meal Cards are just priceless-written in languages from Arabic to Vietnamese-you will once again enjoy ethnic cuisine."-Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN, Spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association

"You will savor the clear, succinct advice and tasty nutritious recipes. If health and culinary delights are your goals, this book delivers a bounty of solid information and a treasure trove of tested recipes."-Judith A. Gilbride, PhD, RD, FADA, Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, New York University and Former President, The American Dietetic Association.

"Marlisa's book makes it easier to enjoy gluten-free living".-Mary Schluckebier, Executive Director, Celiac Sprue Association

"...a book for those new to celiac disease and gluten intolerance, but it goes far beyond 'what to eat'. ...a book that is designed to provide peace of mind and know-how to those newly diagnosed. This simple, helpful practical guide has more than 100 recipes..."- Linda Hughes, Gluten Intolerance Group Quarterly, Volume 33, Fall 2010 (Mary Schluckebier Executive Director, Celiac Sprue Association 20100503) --Library Journal

From the Back Cover

Learning how to live Gluten-Free can seem so difficult and overwhelming—especially with so much complicated mixed information out there. Gluten-Free, Hassle Free will show you how easy and delicious it can be to go gluten-free.

This down to earth, clear, friendly guide offers you a wealth of simple, practical solutions, strategies, and shortcuts. It will show you an easy-to-follow, three-step process for living a gluten-free life and eating your way back to health.

In This Book You Will Find
Over 100 Delicious Gluten-Free Recipes
Three Terrific Meal Plans
Dining out Cards in Fourteen Languages…and Much More
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Demos Health; 1 edition (November 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932603794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932603798
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Marlisa Brown MS, RD, CDE, CDN is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator, international speaker,and chef with over twenty five years culinary experience. Marlisa, who follows a gluten-free diet herself has just completed her new book "Gluten-Free Hassle Free" and she also developed the website

She has also contributed to many publications including, Salute, Scholastic, Shape, Food Service Management, Newsday, Parenting Magazine, Weight Training for Dummies, and Sports Nutrition Medicine and Rehabilitation . Marlisa has also worked on many programs including, Richard Simmons Food Mover Program, cookbooks, recipe cards and web site, Kathy Smiths' Project You II for Diabetes, and Jorge Cruises' The 3-Hour Diet Cookbook.

Marlisa has a graduate degree in nutrition and a bachelor's degree in marketing from C.W. Post/Long Island University and has also studied at the Culinary Institute of America.

Marlisa is president of Total Wellness Inc., in Bay Shore, New York a private nutrition consulting company specializing in, culinary programs, corporate wellness, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, weight loss, medical nutrition therapy and sports nutrition.

She has served as an officer on many boards including' past president, media representative, and public relations chair of the New York State Dietetic Association. Marlisa is a recipient of the Emerging Dietetic Leader Award from the American Dietetic Association, Dietitian of the year from The Long Island Dietetic Association,Best Of Long Island from the L.I. Press and the community service award from C.W. Post/Long Island University, and she is listed on the school's website along with other outstanding alumni.

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A. Dash on February 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
A friend recommended that I buy the book Gluten Free, Hassle Free: My 5 year old daughter suffers from allergies, asthma, and eczema. After seeing many specialists, and taking many tests, I was not getting any answers and decided to cut dairy, wheat, and gluten out of her diet. I also have a husband to feed, as well as a toddler (and a baby on the way), and since I do not have time to make different meals for different people, I was a bit worried about how things would taste, and if my family would take to it. Enter GF/HF--Wow!!! What an amazing resource! This book teaches you to read labels and also has so much information about foods to avoid. The recipes are absolutely delicious, easy to follow, and certainly without hassle. After only 1 week of following this diet, my daughters skin has cleared up--amazing! Other than that, we are all very much enjoying the scrumptious (and healthier) food. This book is a must for anyone suffering from wheat/gluten allergies, or anyone who wants to change the way that their families eat. A big thanks to Gluten Free, Hassle Free, it's become my "go to" book before I cook anything.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Angela Reads on July 18, 2010
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I've been gluten free for nearly two years, and I've read every book I can find about gluten free living. In my opinion, this is one of the best and most up to date.

The beginning of the book is for those newly diagnosed. "What is gluten?" "What CAN I eat?" She provides sample meal plans and grocery shopping suggestions, listing what foods are safe, not safe, or questionable.

As the book progresses, more challenging gluten free ideas are presented for the more experienced with the lifestyle. Such as making your own flour mix, gluten free gourmet meals for company, etc. There are over 100 recipes in this book.

The author also addresses the feelings many people like myself have dealt with when newly diagnosed, such as "I don't want to go out and draw attention to myself in a restaurant. It's easier to just stay home." Or "How do I explain to my friends when they try to say 'It's only a LITTLE bit of gluten - you can eat that!'"

One thing I thought was unique about this book was the dining out cards. Many other books have these, but this book has them in 14 different languages, for ethnic cuisine or foreign travel. Cool!

I would recommend this book to anyone living a gluten free lifestyle, and to those with a gluten free relative or close friend who want to help and understand.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Carol Fenster on January 10, 2010
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"As a dietitian and chef, Marlisa brings it all together in this delightful guide to better gluten-free living. It's written in an easy-to-understand format that is especially good for the newly-diagnosed. Not only does she offer delicious recipes, but you'll find tips for menu planning, dining cards in foreign languages to simplify dining out, a step-by-step guide to stocking a gluten-free pantry..... plus much, much more. This book is also perfect as a gift for a friend or loved one." ---Carol Fenster, author of 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes (Wiley, 2008)
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By steven37 on May 1, 2012
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Like many people new to gluten-free, I bought several books on the subject, and found this to be by far the most disappointing. I understand why it appeals to so many people; you can call yourself gluten-free with the least number of changes to your lifestyle.

The problem is that this book does address gluten-free issues; but not how to really be healthy. It only addresses part of the problem, by substituting high glycemic index foods, like rice starch and potato starch for gluten. It solves one problem, but adds to another. You can live gluten-free like this, but still be overweight, and develop diabetes. "Dietician-approved" or not, it's just not good advice at all; when will registered dieticians learn? Developing diabetes and heart problems is not my idea of "hassle free." I don't like sounding so negative, but one look at the author's photograph on the back cover will confirm my point.

I'm sorry I bought this book, and even sorrier that I took too long to look it over, so that it's not worth returning it to Amazon. A much better book, with real science and good advice, is Davis's book, Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health It doesn't make the dietary change sound as easy and fun-filled as Brown's book; but it's far more healthy and realistic. Following his real-world and real-science approach, I believe you can really rebuild your health; for me, that's much more important than not giving up brownies.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Malena P on November 22, 2010
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I like the chapter "quick and easy substitutions" and "cooking gluten free." It includes recipes for making your own gluten free sauces and condiments that are simple to make; the pumpkin pancakes using the gluten free all purpose flour blend will be handy when I have my friend over who has celiac.
This is a great resourse for people who have celiac and for families who need to learn about gluten free cooking. It sounds intimidating but with resources like this, one can quickly double check how to modify a recipe. Also the cartoons in the book by Brown and Cypser are funny but true.
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As a registered dietitian and diabetes educator in private practice, I am always looking for good books to recommend to my clients. Without a doubt Gluten Free Hassel Free is a winner. Written by a real foodie, this book provides easy to follow recipes, tips, strategies and shortcuts to make living gluten free easy. In 15 upbeat, empowering chapters, Marlisa clearly explains how living gluten-free can improve the quality of life and enable one to stay healthy.

If you work with clients who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, Gluten Free Hassle Free is a must. It will serve as a great professional reference and a life line for your clients - enabling them to stay healthy and gluten free.
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