- Series: The First Year
- Paperback: 282 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 1 edition (December 2, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 073821227X
- ISBN-13: 978-0738212272
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 98 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The First Year: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed Paperback – December 2, 2008
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“‘The First Year’ is such a practical, well-written guide to the disease and the gluten-free lifestyle that it should be a part of a starter kit that doctors give newly diagnosed patients.”
“A glossary, FAQ, gluten-free baking Q and A and an extensive list of Celiac support groups in the U.S. give readers the tools they need adapt to life without gluten. I highly recommend this book, not only for those newly diagnosed with Celiac disease but for anyone curious about this not so rare autoimmune, genetic disease.”
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The strengths of the book are also its weaknesses. In choosing to make the book accessible, some aspects of gluten-free life may be over-simplified. For example, at one point in the book, she recommends exploring the less expensive flours at ethnic food stores which are not labelled gluten free but are made from grains which are supposed to be gluten free. More recent research suggests that contamination is a significant issue with those, so that recommendation cost me a few months more of troubleshooting, trying to figure out where the gluten was hiding in my diet. Likewise, as this is an overview book, it simply can't go into depth about many of the specific issues included in the book. The book is a bit dated now, and I am hoping there will be a second edition before much longer.
The basic take-home message? This won't be the only book you should read about going gluten-free, but you should definitely read this one, and as soon as possible.
Not every chapter was relevant to my needs (e.g. pediatric Celiac, dealing with fertility and pregnancy), but I am glad they are there for folks who need them.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who needs a crash course in understanding what Celiac Sprue does and how to live gluten-free.
Also, just because this book tells you something is gluten-free doesn't mean that it actually is or still is! Please check and double check ingredients and contact manufacturers before you consume or you might get glutened.