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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Reprint edition (5 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118383575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118383575
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.8 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What happens when a successful chef falls in love with a gluten–free girl? One result is damned fine food. Another is this story of love and laughter, working hard and listening, and sharing meals at midnight. When she was diagnosed with celiac disease, Shauna set out to discover and delight in the best food she could eat. Then she met Daniel, a talented chef who had spent his career cooking at great restaurants across the country. They fell in love at the grocery store, the farmers′ market, and in front of the stove. Soon Daniel was creating spectacular dishes, stunning meals that happened to be entirely gluten–free. Gluten–Free Girl and the Chef shares the Aherns′ unexpected courtship, from their first date to married life together, through stories about food. The book also follows a day in the life of the working chef, from selecting the best fish to deciding specials to creating gluten–free desserts. This narrative cookbook features gorgeous photographs, guidance on cooking techniques, and 100 chef–tested recipes intended for the home cook. The recipes in this book—Chilled Asparagus Soup; Seared Shrimp with Garlic–Almond Sauce; Fennel Salad with Rainier Cherries, Radishes, and Raspberry Vinaigrette; Bacon–Wrapped Pork Belly; Crusty Bread That Even Those Who Eat Gluten Might Like; and Blue Cheese Cheesecake with Fig Crust; plus many more—will leave everyone with joy in the belly. Far more than just a cookbook, Gluten–Free Girl and the Chef is an inspiring love story sure to give hope to anyone who believes that gluten–free food can′t be devilishly delicious and seriously satisfying. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"This book is a heartfelt tribute to the healing power of food for both body and soul." —Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, James Beard Award–winning authors of The Flavor Bible, Becoming a Chef, and Culinary Artistry What happens when a successful chef falls in love with a gluten-free girl? One result is mouthwatering gluten-free meals. Another is this inspiring story of love and laughter from award-winning blogger Shauna James Ahern and chef Daniel Ahern. Combining 100 delicious gluten-free recipes with a true story of romance, this is the perfect cookbook for those dreamers who believe that love conquers all—even gluten intolerance. "Being a chef is not for the faint of heart, nor is being married to one, but Shauna and Danny tell their story with grace, wisdom, wit, and, as Danny might say, some kick-ass recipes, too." —Molly Wizenberg, author of A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table "How can you resist a love story that reads even more sensuous than a romance novel—especially since it includes the pleasures of Bacon Butter, Blackberry-Peach Crumble, and Smoked Salt Caramel Ice Cream!" —Jaden Hair, www.SteamyKitchen.com, and author of The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CORNISHPISKIE on 9 Feb 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A very good book answered so many questions for me.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for answers to undiagnosed symptoms, to give this a go even if it does not work for you, it is written with humour and has great recipes. Sometimes Doctors don't always listen or understand the many veiled problems wheat or gluten intolerance can have.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chenier on 2 Sep 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have to say that I am completely baffled by the only other review published so far on this book; I thought it was absolutely clear from the cover, the blurb, the look-inside and the accompanying publishers notes that The Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef does not set out to be a conventional cookbook. Complaining that it is not a conventional cookbook is fine if you have been misled into thinking that it is supposed to be one, but complaining about it anyway, even though you knew what to expect in the first place, seems to me to be thoroughly unjust.

And then there's the claim that parts of the book are "literally vomit inducing".

I do wonder whether London GF Cook knows what the word 'literally' means; I have certainly eaten food that was literally vomit inducing but I have never thrown up after reading about someone licking cheese off their fingers. The book is a love story with a hundred excellent recipes; the fact that those recipes are equally attractive to people who can tolerate gluten is, in my view, a plus point.

The linked review by London GF Cook of Shauna's first book is full of ad hominem insults which I think have no place in Amazon reviews, though I must say that if London GF Cook really did throw up at various points simply reading the book then it would probably be a good idea to seek medical advice. There may be a problem beyond gluten intolerance which should be checked out.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By London GF on 22 Feb 2011
Format: Hardcover
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. First of all, there are hardly any recipes in it. 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 the love story is. It 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.

If I could get a refund I would. I am so cross and disappointed that this book is SO TERRIBLE!

Please, save yourself the hassle, and do NOT bother buying.
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286 of 327 people found the following review helpful
This one earns a permanent spot on my Counter! 14 Sep 2010
By Kimberly Maes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I pre-ordered this book so that I could be one of the first to receive it. I just got it yesterday and I must say that it is not often that i can curl up and read an entire book, cover to cover, in just one sitting (especially with two young children running around). But that is exactly what happened with this book. The beautiful recipes have been intertwined with an amazing love story - i could not stop reading it. Shauna and Danny Ahern's love story reminds me very much of my own (and of my parents). The story was as addicting as the recipes and images themselves. And with Fall descending on us, many of these recipes look so enticing, especially the crusty bread recipe, the braising recipes, and a particularly fascinating cassoulet that I am really excited to try for a Sunday night dinner!

I have made many of the amazing recipes from The Gluten Free Girl's blog in the past, so I know each of the recipes in this cookbook have been perfected and tested with the same total love that the recipes on her blog recieve! Bottom Line: This one has earned the coveted #1 position in my cookbook holder on my counter...
285 of 326 people found the following review helpful
This would be Julie and Julia copy cat is going to make all 100 recipes 14 Sep 2010
By Carol J. Trousdale - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have read this book cover to cover, twice. Captivating story, stunning photos and a plethora of recipes for me to work my way though this fall. Well, maybe not all this fall, after all I am going to heed the advice about cooking in season. I am going to be a Julie and Julia copy cat and work my way though each of the recipes. O.K. maybe not the smoked salt carmel ice cream which seems really overwhelming and intimidating. I love how the book approaches the idea of cooking, connecting with people and providing joy to the belly. While I consider myself to be a very good cook I still found the tips and suggestions through out the book very helpful. For example, how to season food with salt and pepper to evenly distribute the seasoning, why you should use fresh herbs instead of dry, how to braise, and finally a recipe for veal stock that I think I can manage. Offering variations for each recipe is also a wonderful sidebar to each recipe. Most importantly I find the writing and the stories, especially the stories of each recipe compelling and satisfying. I love knowing the history behind the food, how the recipe evolved. I am drawn to long, slow days in the kitchen and this cookbook is going to carry me far in expanding my kitchen skills. At the expense of being critical of other gluten-free cookbooks it is finally time for classy, upscale approach with a hardback cookbook that earns distinction. Finally, here it is!
70 of 77 people found the following review helpful
Less sap, more cooking 2 Feb 2012
By chicagogirl1987 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I received this book for Christmas because my mother-in-law has celiac and I was looking for a reliable and consistent cookbook to use when she visits.

I had a few issues for this book. To begin, I thought the love story component was too much of the book. I like instructive headnotes that give some insight to the author's identity. I do not appreciate long winded paragraphs about how in love the authors are with each other. As a newlywed myself, I am sure my husband and I engage in lovey-dovey behavior that makes others roll their eyes. But this book is so unbelievably far over the top that even I couldn't believe it. Honestly, the author sounded like she was passing notes to her BFF in 7th grade about how hottttt her hubby Danny (did she mention he is a chef?) is and how they love each other like nobody has ever loved before. Ever.

Love story aside, there were some problems I had with cooking. The gums, to start, were problematic. It is my understanding that the author came out after the book was published explaining how to adjust the recipes to not use the gums. She wants people to spend money on her book and then give traffic to her blog so they can use the cookbook properly. This sounds a lot like a scheme to get more and consistent traffic to her blog.

In addition to the gums, I found most of the recipes to simply be impractical to the home cook on a daily basis. In addition, a lot of the instructions were vague like "Cook until you want to dive in." or "Cook until it looks perfect." I completely understand that cooking is not an exact science and there is no cookbook author who can give absolute directions that will work in every kitchen. There are simply too many variables. But on the other hand, I would appreciate more specific instructions, especially since this is a type of cooking that I (and I am sure many others) are engaging in for the first time.

All that being said, I think Shauna is bringing awareness to the celiac community through her blog and cookbooks. I admire her for that. I just think she would be spreading her statement much better if she stuck to food (not romance), gave people more precise instructions, and gave recipes that are easier for home cooks to recreate.
272 of 312 people found the following review helpful
A gem!!! 14 Sep 2010
By Beth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love reading Shauna's blog because it is real and genuine. Life is messy sometimes, but how we bounce back and keep going speaks to our character. These two individuals have lived and taken risks, have experienced pain on many levels, and have also experienced amazing amounts of joy. Watching the vimeo videos with the Chef and Shauna gives you a hint to their love and adoration for each other, for food, and for living.

My copy arrived yesterday and I could hardly put it down. This is a cookbook that is more intimate than your typical cookbook- you get another peek into the lives of these two incredible people, and it is a gift. Say YES to this cookbook and YES to life. The tips from The Chef are helpful, and it is written in a way that is easy to understand (and actually use!!)
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Bad writing, disappointing GF recipes 17 Dec 2013
By Em - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a particularly terrible cookbook. I was tempted to get it for family members who have celiac and must eat gluten free, but after trying several of the recipes myself, I realized that the authors really don't know how to create tasty food. The recipes are really bad, and they feel so overworked. It's like they have taken something relatively simple to make gluten free and made it incredibly complicated while removing all the taste - the celiac community does not need any more bad recipes for difficult, tasteless food. It's almost humorous after a while realizing how consistently bad the food is that comes out of this! And it's also a really odd sort of cookbook that contains HUGE, and I mean HUGE pictures of really unhealthy looking people - some with dirty hands, handling the food they're making - it's so offputting! I certainly don't want to know that the person who is writing about how healthy they are due in large part to the recipes they share actually looks seriously ill, or that the people who are serving others this food are cooking in such filthy conditions. I have never seen such a thing in a cookbook. This is NOT gift material - be warned.
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