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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (23 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470137304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470137307
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.5 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,246,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blogger Ahern′s story sheds light on celiac disease, a little–known and difficult–to–diagnose autoimmune condition. Those afflicted cannot digest gluten, a protein in wheat, barley, rye, and related grains. Ahern explains how she learned of her malady and found that she was able to enjoy food while avoiding gluten. She even met and married a chef. This entertaining memoir includes gluten–free gourmet recipes. ( Library Journal , February 1, 2008)

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Do you love food? Do you, or someone you love, have to avoid certain foods? Imagine passing on the pizza during your honeymoon in Rome, or skipping the sugar cookie s your sister makes at Christmas. Shauna James Ahern understands your pain–literally. After years of inexplicable exhaustion and endless medical tests, she found relief in her diagnosis of celiac disease. After giving up gluten, she learned how to live well and love food more fully. Now you can, too! 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.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gentle Reader on 19 Jun 2008
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I love Shauna's approach to having coeliac (or celiac - she's American). Rather than treat it as a problem, when she finds out what has been making her sick for so many years she handles gluten-free living with such enthusiasm, experiementing with lots of diferent foods and grains which coeliacs can eat, and writes about it in such a way that makes you want to try it yourself. She pans the typical American way of eating, is very much a "foodie" and tells the reader much about her life (and love)!
For several years she has been writing a food blog 'gluten-free girl' and much of the material is similar - her life, after all! But I still enjoyed the book, although I did expect more recipes, but there are loads on the blog.
So if you, or someone you know has coeliac, and you don't have time to read approx 400 back-blog entries, or if you are interested in food anyway, buy this. You will enjoy it. Oh, and it's very well written. Shauna taught writing before she committed herself to this full-time.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Devlin on 17 Jan 2008
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This is not so much a recipe book as a well written account of Shauna James' extreme experience of celiac disease; from a plump child raised on white bread and ketchup, through extreme illness, to diagnosis with celiac disease. When finally diagnosed, she discovers a hitherto unknown passion for real food and tastes unknown to her.

The book oozes with the sensual feeling she has for each and every food group - except gluten. Scattered through it are recipes for some really great dishes, Fig Newtons were a revelation and the chicken with pomegranate molasses - oh-my-god!

Shauna is single for the most part. On this painful journey and then re-awakening to the wonder of food, she encounters the world like a child. And then she meets the chef and falls absolutely body and soul for him. I challenge you not to weep!

If you have been on the journey to diagnosis with celiac disease this book will tug at your heart strings like no other. Truly inspirational.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Erin L. Cabana on 4 Dec 2007
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This books is fantastic for anyone starting to live a gluten free life. The book is charming, funny in places, and will make you tear up in others. The recipes are fantastic, and the author is amazingly encouraging. I highly recomend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By suzi3608 on 17 Sep 2010
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Essential reading for anyone diagnosed with coeliac disease and their families. Although the recipes are more geared toward the American market the author's story is well worth a read. Her joy of food shines through and is truly inspiring. If anyone can find certified gluten free sorghum flour in the UK, please let me know! The book is worth buying even if only for the story about the apple pie. Yum yum:)
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I loved this book from the minute I began to read it! I am half-way through it and have post-it notes throughout. From experiencing similar things to the great recipes, this book has been an easy read. It is comforting to know that I am not the only one who is experiencing the emotions that Shauna writes about in her book. I have had a good chuckle over her description of life at home and enjoyed her new adventures with new foods as an adult. Unlike Shauna though, I come from an Italian home with a mom (and dad!) who made and cooked almost everything from scratch. Life without pasta, bread, pizza and all the wonderful baked goodies has been really difficult! Discovering new foods and recipes has made life a bit easier...but I still miss my mom's homemade pasta! Will definitely follow her blog.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By London GF on 22 Feb 2011
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I am so disappointed I bought this book. I love Shauna's blog, which seduced me into parting with hard earned cash to buy this. This book was so bad, it makes me so angry. I have just bought her latest book at the same time. I have never been so disappointed with two book purchases. I was so excited to receive them in the post, and I now feel bitterly let down by both books. First of all, there are basically no recipes in the book. I want imaginative Gluten Free recipes. Not just ones which are naturally gluten free that I can think up myself!

Secondly, I cannot express how tiresome, condescending and self indulgent this book is.I couldn't even finish it. The later parts after having met the chef is literally vomit inducing and detracts from what the book is acually about.

In a nutshell I was licking cheese of the chef's fingers and then started to cry because he loves me. How is that of any use to anyone who is gluten free in any way. Shauna just talks about how she wants to cry all the time. Get a grip.

If I could get a refund I would. I am so cross and disappointed that this book is SO TERRIBLE as is her latest offering! I know this is a copy and paste style review but I purchased both books last week for the first time. What is more, I am now totally put off reading the blog, which I thought was wonderful. I cannot even comprehend how this book got published in the first place.

Please, save yourself the hassle, and do NOT bother buying.
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