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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Dining Gluten-Free Publishing; 4th edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977611183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977611188
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How It All Started...

In 2004, our original founders were living in a new city -- Philadelphia -- and found that avoiding social opportunities with food was not an effective way to make friends. And he was overwhelmed by how challenging it was to find restaurants to take his fiancée (now wife) where he could actually order something gluten-free.

Then his wife had a brilliant idea: "Let's make dining cards to teach restaurants how to prepare gluten free foods!"

Together, the couple visited kitchen restaurants, interviewed chefs, read product labels, and studied dozens of cookbooks. They built lists of foods they could both eat, foods to avoid, and the likely pitfalls they might encounter at restaurants. Eventually, they turned these lists into thorough and foolproof instructions, and enlisted translators - three translators per card, actually - to ready them for ethnic restaurants.

The first time they used the dining cards, Ross was the guinea pig, so you can imagine how glad he was when they actually worked.

He used them in dozens of restaurants across Philadelphia, enjoying corn tortillas at a Mexican greasy spoon -- where nobody spoke English -- and even eating Indian food -- now one of his favorite cuisines -- for the very first time.

Triumph's first customers found success with the cards, too. In fact, most of the sales came from word-of-mouth referrals. The response was incredible!
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Triumph Dining today

We've grown a lot since those early days. Thanks to your great suggestions, we've added several new products, including a Restaurant Guide and a Grocery Guide -- both of which are updated annually. And today, we're the largest independent gluten free publisher in North America.

Triumph remains a family-owned and operated company, with expanded offices in scenic Burlingame, CA -- just a few miles from San Francisco. There are nearly a dozen of us now. We're always hard at work updating our current products and developing new ones, so if there's ever a restaurant or product you'd like to share with our readers, tell us about it and we'll consider it for the guide.

Customer Reviews

Triumph Dining's Grocery Guide is absolutely the best gluten free shopping guide available.
Anna Cutler
The book is easy to read, informative, and well set up to give you any and all information you could possibly need.
Jennifer L. Michaels
Overall, I am incredibly impressed and would recommend this for anyone with Celiac disease or a gluten intolerance.
Amanda Bearden

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Stacey L Kilroy on October 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
My school aged daughter was recently diagnosed with gluten sensitivities and as most people know, the learning curve to gluten free living is steep. Having a resource that so clearly breaks things down for weekly grocery shopping has been such a time saver. I highly reccomend Triumphs Gluten Free Grocery Guide 2nd edition as a must resource. The book is small enough to fit in my purse and is well organized. The cost of gluten free living is high, but it was such a relief to see many commericial products such as many of Newman's salad dressings that are gluten free. They also include a number of regional grocery brand products such as "Stop and Shop" which also helps in terms of choice and price.

Overall, this resource has really opened up the number of commercial choices that my daughter can eat especially in the snack department which for kids is huge.

The staff at Triumph is extremely approachable as well. I had a question on Nutella hazelnut spread which was not listed in the book. The staff researched the issue and happily for my daughter, Nutella is gluten-free. Anyway, I know many of you may be on the fence about spending over $20 for a paperback but honestly, it is money well spent not having to hurt your eyes reading labels or spending over 2 hours each trip in a grocery store. I applaud Triumph for publishing this resource.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Leslie on March 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
I first began a gluten free diet in 2007, and when I would see ads for this book, I would always think "I'm ok; I have the hang of reading labels to look for gluten-derived ingredients, and I'm in the habit of calling companies when I don't know for sure."

The people who put this book together, however, have gone to a lot of work to find out more information than one can normally get from a simple label or even a phone call to a manufacturer. They have symbols that indicate whether a company goes above and beyond, with practices in place to avoid cross-contamination, which companies have dedicated lines or facilities, which companies perform testing to ensure there is no cross-contamination, and which companies have a chance of cross-contamination (whether this is because the company's legal department doesn't want to stick their neck out and say it's absolutely safe or there truly are risks; either way, it's important to know).

I'm particularly hyper-sensitive to gluten, and I was able to remove several products from my kitchen that were suspect, despite labels indicating (and companies themselves claiming) they were gluten free, and my instances of "mystery glutenings" have dropped dramatically! This is over a period of about four to five months.

I recommend this book to anyone who lives gluten free, and I am hoping that future editions will include even more store brands!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By V. Rivera on July 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
I wish I had read reviews before buying this as it is almost useless where I live. In San Antonio, we have no Safeways, Albertsons, Publix, Trader Joe's, or Kroegers. We have the grocery giant HEB, and none of their goods are reviewed. I knew I was in trouble when I saw that Blue Bell ice cream wasn't mentioned. This book would be infinitely more useful if it had regional versions. At the very least, the description should include the information as to which region it covers. The only way I can get most of the items reviewed is on the internet, which is impractical. As another reviewer mentioned this is incomplete.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kim & Henry B. on December 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
i LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book. i wish i found something like this 3 years ago. i shop for a big family, only some of us are gluten free. i used to have 2 pantries, one gluten free and one regular. now teh gluten free pantry is a lot smaller (and my food bill lower, by alot) because i found lots of regular brands (chips, hot dogs, etcetera) are gluten free, too. i never would have had the time to call companies and find this out myself. this book is a lifesaver. my only complaint is that i wish this book qualified for the amazon free shipping.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R.S. on July 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I bought the other guide (Cecelia's Marketplace) before buying this one, and I prefer this one. This guide has a lot more products and it's also divided into more user friendly sections. This guide has saved me money over buying exclusive health food brands of similar items, and I can do a lot more of my shopping at the local grocery store. I would recommend it for anyone who avoids gluten. The guide was also shipped very quickly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anna Cutler on November 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
Triumph Dining's Grocery Guide is absolutely the best gluten free shopping guide available. The easy reference table of contacts on the inside front cover makes the book incredibly user friendly. I get overwhelmed when I look at all of the different products on the shelves at the grocery store. The book is easy to bring along with me and makes food shopping enjoyable again. I couldn't imagine going food shopping without it! It is a lifesaver.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Husak on March 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
My son was recently diagnosed with an intolerance to gluten. My brother also has this. I knew that there were "normal foods" that were gluten-free, but was overwhelmed when going to the grocery store and standing in the isles on my phone, calling the companies to see if their products are GF or not! This book is a lifesaver! We were in and out of the grocery store today within 45 minutes and were able to get everything on our list; not to mention my total was MUCH less b/c I could buy some of the store brand items!! (we shop at Hy-Vee) This is a must have for gluten free shopping.
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