So remember my book club I started and kinda left hanging? Well it's back. I don't remember if I hadn't read any gluten free/celiac books in the past couple of years or what the deal was.
Anywho...I started following April Pevetaux's blog, Gluten Is My Bitch, a couple of years ago and was thrilled when she announced she was writing a book. She's hilarious as all get out, so naturally I was all over that Amazon.com pre-order. When I finally got the book this spring, I dove right in and it was just the book to bring the GFB Book Club back in session.
First off, there are soooooo many gluten free books nowadays. Everyone and their mother is writing a book about gluten free and usually they are all the same. The symptoms, what to eat, what to avoid, recipes, etc. Finding the right author to deliver this information to you is key. Do you want a doctor or celiac expert to provide the clinical medical advice on going gluten free? Would you rather have a chef or baker tempt you with their mouthwatering gluten free recipes? How about a funny lady telling you what's up? That's what April brings to the bookshelf with Gluten Is My Bitch: Rants, Recipes, and Ridiculousness for the Gluten-Free.
Since I already reviewed this book on Goodreads, I'm going to share that review here:
I loves me some gluten free reads, and this book delivers on so many levels. Number 1, it's hilarious! April Peveteaux educates with a sassy spin and leaves nothing out. Like most "going gluten free" books, she covers the basics like what you can and cannot eat. Tips for eating out, traveling, kids on a gluten free diet, cross-contamination, and advances in celiac research. Recipes included!
What I like about this book is that it's not a textbook clinical bunch of gobbley-gook. She's not medical professional "with all the answers", heck, she even admits to some downfalls and confesses getting glutened. She feels timid asking the dude at Chipotle to change his gloves too and she craves "real" food like cupcakes and donuts and pizza crust.
I think this book would be a great resource to give to a friend or family member that just doesn't get your celiac or a gluten issue. There are sections where she mentions "maybe you're not gluten free, but providing for someone who is" this book explains it way better than a scientific explanation. We gluten free folks have all dealt with "there's just a little bit of flour in it" or "it's fat free/low fat/lite/sugar free/low carb" or "what's gluten?" before...this is the perfect answer to their questions...and it will humor them.
As an added bonus, April was in town during the Printer's Row Book Fest this past June and did a little demo and signed books. I was able to meet her, get my book signed, and pick up a F*ck Flour button. Woot!
|Why, yes I will keep kicking gluten ass, thank you very much!|
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