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Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef: A Love Story with 100 Tempting Recipes Hardcover – September 21, 2010
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Long story short: The book is pretty to look at but I didn't find one recipe that excited me, so it was a bit of a waste. There are better, more family-friendly gluten free cookbooks out there.
"So, for months, at nearly midnight, we ate lamb chops with potato puree, beef tenderloin with port-balsamic sauce, and rich soups with white truffle honey. Thank goodness we were in the first throes of love and spent much of our time in other physical activity." Gag.
One of the sections is titled "grocery shopping as foreplay" Seriously? Sample sentences in this section "We whispered behind our hands and laughed into each other's shoulders." "Everything at the grocery store seemed brighter, and more exciting, when we were looking at it through each other's eyes." At this point I started feeling like I was reading a prepubescent's diary of their first boyfriend.
Just a few more: "Danny kissed me with a happy sigh, and we settled in, under the covers, our legs touching, to read the newspaper and lie in bed all morning." Another: "And in the act of putting one knee on the floor--forgive me if you find this offensive, but the truth is important to tell--he inadvertently let out a fart. A loud, juicy fart. We both laughed and then I started crying. 'Shauna Marie James, will you marry me?' "Yes, of course I will. But do you think we could turn South Park off?" TMI. Continuing this amazing story she writes: "He thought he would wait until he could take me to Paris, with a big ring in his pocket, and we were at the top of the Eiffel Tower. But that was like the movies--a preplanned itinerary to fit inot what every little girl (and the boy who watched chick flicks) thought she should have. Instead, we got South Park, a ring from the thrift store, his knee resting on the carpet that needed vacuuming, and a fart. It was better than I could have imagined."
You get the picture. The writer thinks she is the cutest, funniest, cleverest writer who has the most amazing love story ever. And the recipes, oh the recipes! Here's a sampling: Crisp Pork Belly with Wild Rice, Cabbage, Sour Cherries, and Honey-Sage Gastrique; Smoked Duck Breast Ravioli; Fig Chutney; Carrot-Mint Soup with English Peas and Yogurt; Crab, Avocado, and Cucumber Salad with Tarragon Vinaigrette; Petrale Sole with Mushroom Duxelle and Cilantro-Mustard Sauce.
You get the gist. You can't make this stuff up. Yes I'm pissed. I'm mad at myself for not reading the reviews closer and for spending good money on this garbage.I'm bummed because its not on Amazon's buy back list (probably for good reason). I don't know if I'll even donate it to the thrift store-I'd hate for anyone else to lose money on it. I think I'll just throw it in the trash.