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Gluten-Free Girl by Shauna James Ahern
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Jun 03, 08

bookshelves: biography, essays, cooking, health, memoir
Read in May, 2008

Shauna James Ahern cannot eat anything with gluten in it. That is to say, she can't consume any food that has wheat, barley or rye in it, or any derivative of these three basic grains.

That means no cookies, no bread, no pasta. No beer. No CAKE!

Shauna has something called Celiac Disease. It means her body cannot process these foods, and it will make her sick, and will damage her intestines.

But is she upset about it? No way! She was just grateful to know what was wrong with her. And feeling better than she ever has is enough for her to do without gluten. But Shauna doesn't stop there. She embarks on a journey to find foods that are naturally gluten-free and bursting with flavor. And let me tell you, this woman can write. Her essays about food and her recipes make a person salivate. I tried quite a few of the recipes in the book (Pan Seared Salmon with Blackberry Sauce, and Shaved Fennel Salad were awesome!) and will definitely try more. Shauna tries to impart to her readers that someone who must be gluten-free does not have to feel deprived or depressed . There is a big beautiful world of food out there just waiting for you if you are brave enough to try it.

Shauna also says that statistics show that 1 in every 100 Americans is probably a Celiac, yet only 3% have been diagnosed.

This is a fantastic book for anyone who loves food, and not just for those who can't eat gluten.

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