Happy Hump Day! We’re one day closer to Friday! So, I was super excited to find a package on my doorstep with this awesome book inside (thank you, Andrews McMeel Publishing):
You all know how I love snail mail (doesn’t anyone else write hand-written thank you notes anymore?) and I love it even more when it’s in the form of a brand-spanking-new-hot-off-the-press book about FOOD! Gluten-free food to be specific.
Over the years, I’ve had a number of stomach-related issues and I’ve tried cutting a variety of common triggers (i.e. dairy, gluten, soy, etc.) from my diet in hopes to find the culprit. I started the process for food allergy testing to get an official diagnosis, but decided not to move forward with it after I learned it wasn’t covered by my insurance and it was going to cost $1,000 plus – yikes! (Don’t they know food allergies are a REAL medical problem?).
Anyway, after much experimentation, I came to the conclusion that dairy doesn’t like my stomach. I’ve cut most of it out of my diet and I’ve experimented with eating gluten free too, which is why I was really excited to receive a copy of Cooking for Your Gluten-Free Teen: Everyday Foods the Whole Family Will Love.
Here’s What I Love About the Book:
- Written by people who’ve dealt with it
The book is created by a mother – daughter team. The mother, Carlyn Berghoff, is a chef at one of Chicago’s most famous restaurants that serves all kinds of yummy wheat-based foods. The daughter, Sarah Berghoff McClure, is a high school student who became critically ill and was diagnosed with celiac disease. This mother-daughter team joined together to create this book as resource for other teens and parents who’ve dealt with gluten allergies.
- For TEENS
Eating differently than everyone else can be a challenge when you’re at the age when you just want to be accepted and fit in, so this book is a great resource for teens who have just been diagnosed with celiac disease.
- Features recipes for food teens would actually eat
Pancakes, waffles, hamburger buns, quesadillas, chicken noodle soup, chicken fingers, brownies, etc. Obviously, you’ll need to eat other things too for a well-rounded diet, but I think this book does a great job of showing teens they can still eat all the foods they love on a gluten-free diet!
- Includes REAL first-hand information about living gluten free
I love that the authors included first-hand tips about celiac disease, symptoms, diagnosis, going gluten-free, eating out and living everyday life gluten-free.
Cooking for Your Gluten-Free Teen: Everyday Foods the Whole Family Will Love is a great resource for anyone who believes they may have celiac disease, or anyone who is curious to know more about eating gluten free. It’s a great tool for teens, parents, or people of any age who want to try GOOD gluten-free food. I’ll be experimenting with some of the recipes in the coming days and weeks, and sharing pics on my Instagram, so be sure to catch up with me there!
Until then, happy cooking, happy eating!
Have you ever suffered from food allergies? Ever tried eating gluten or dairy free? I’d love to hear about your experiences and your favorite recipes – share ‘em in the comments below!
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