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Gluten-Free Girl: How I Found the Food That Loves Me Back...And How You Can Too Paperback – January 1, 2009
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In Gluten-Free Girl, Shauna James Ahern shares the journey that changed her from a typical Gen-X processed-food junkie to a fun-loving foodie who enjoys cooking and living gluten-free-naturally. Readers from around the world have followed her stories and insights on her award-winning blog, glutenfreegirl.com. Now she shows you how to say yes to a gluten-free lifestyle, too, and embrace a whole new world of fresh foods and flavors.
Even if you never learned to cook, Shauna shows you how to feel comfortable in the kitchen. You'll discover (or rediscover) the kick of ginger, the irresistible crunch of fresh greens, and other delicious delights. She gives you dozens of terrific recipes that every9one will love, such as Curried Carrot Soup, Chicken Thighs Braised in Pomegranate Molasses, Crusty Sorghum Bread, and Fig Cookies. Her dishes focus on ingredients that are naturally gluten-free. She has not simply reworked recipes and plugged in gluten-free substitutes-these are original recipes. You'll also find important guidance on navigating everyday life without being "glutenized," from reading between the lines of food labels to traveling and eating out safely and successfully.
Enlivened with funny accounts of Shauna's experiences, this book is as entertaining to read as it is to prop up in the kitchen. Whether she's reminiscing about the Wonder bread and Fried-bologna sandwiches of her childhood or misusing on the pork-chop -shaped mouse pad she won at a professional cooking conference, her stories are lively and interesting.
Part memoir, part best friend giving advice, part cookbook-and all inspiring-Gluten-Free Girl will put the spring back in your step and your diet, one delicious meal at a time. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Three main points: I found that Ahern's ecstasy over food is better taken in the 'small bites' of her blog, rather than in longer book form. It is exhausting after a chapter or two. Additionally, I think she is rather hard on her parents in general and their food habits in particular, which is off-putting, especially given how supportive Ahern reports them to be once she received a diagnosis. Lastly, the sprinkling of recipes appeared yummy, but many do include dairy,without suggested substitutions, making them unusable for the lactose-intolerant (a very common issue in the GF community).
This is not a cookbook, but a biography of the author and how her mother tried to murder her with convenience food in the 1970's. Ok, there's a few recipes, but you have to wade through her life story to find them. The book finishes with the greatest love story ever told (her own), and an attempt to find closure with her mommy issues. Don't bother ordering unless you slavishly read her blog; the book was just plain useless.
I find her recipes extremely confusing and after several attempts to make the bread, I have completely given up. To make things worse, the recipes in the book call for Xanthan gum and now the author has apparently renounced all Xanthan gum.
As a relatively slender person, I also find the hypocrisy appalling. I stay thin and wan because I'm not in love with food. I actually try not to fall in love with heavy, greasy, buttery, meaty food because it makes me gain weight. And putting a picture of a slender woman on the cover is the ultimate in hypocrisy.
If you want to gain weight and are an expert at deciphering complicated recipes and enjoy reading books by writers who are frantically trying to convince you that the only way to happiness is eating until you explode and getting married then this is the book for you.
I just finished a book by Nora Ephron...a writer who is a legend, who has made millions of dollars producing movies and writing books, and refers to herself in a funny, self depreciating way. She makes no bones about the fact that she loves food, but she never strays into the territory of trying to convince you that her life is just so much BETTER, so JOYOUS, so WONDERFUL.
You don't convince me that you're better by tearing others down. And for God's sake, leave out all the verbose descriptions and just tell me how to prepare a dish. A dish that will work the first time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I learned about Gluten Free Girl when my second son was little and have watched her blog, cooking, and life transform into something absolutely amazing over the years. Read morePublished 4 months ago by meand3boys
The book has errors and is disorganized. I would not recommend the book to anyone.Published 16 months ago by artisticforge