Saturday, June 7, 2014

Gluten-Free at BEA

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Every time I attend Book Expo America, I always look for new gluten-free books, and this year didn't disappoint. Here are just a few of the gluten-free books and cookbooks I saw at BEA 2014. Some of them are already available to purchase, while others won't be out until later this year:

1. Gluten Freedom by Dr. Alessio Fasano, MD (Turner Publishing)
This book came out at the end of April, and it's already a HUGE hit in the Celiac community. This is THE book you need if you have Celiac disease or other gluten-related disorder. Dr. Fasano, founder of Massachusetts General Hospital's Center for Celiac Research, uses this book to distinguish scientific fact from myth. The book has information on treatment, research, and even recipes.

I haven't gotten the chance to read this book yet, but you can read a knock-out review of it from Anti-Wheat Girl here.

2. Jennifer's Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease - What Doctors Don't Tell You and How You Can Learn to Live Again by Jennifer Esposito (Da Capo Press)
This is another book that came out in April (just in time for May's Celiac Awareness Month), and it was on display at BEA. Jennifer Esposito is an actress (you might know her from Crash and the recent TV series Blue Bloods) who was diagnosed with Celiac disease at age 35. In this memoir, she writes about the rise of her career and the rise of her health problems due to her unknown diagnosis. When her doctor told her she had Celiac, Jennifer had no idea what her doctor was talking about! But now she is a huge Celiac advocate and even opened up her own gluten-free bakery in New York City's East Village.

This is another book I haven't had the chance to read yet, but it's definitely going on my to-read list. I'm also planning a visit to her bakery sometime this summer, and, of course, I'll blog about it after I do!

3. Cooking Allergy-Free by Jenna Short (Taunton Press)
In front of the Taunton Press booth at BEA there was a board labeled with the eight major food allergies. There were colored stickers that people passing by were supposed to stick onto the board if they knew someone who had one or more of those allergies. A lot of people placed stickers under gluten (the fourth column on the board). (Just an FYI, Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease, not an allergy.)


This board was tied to the upcoming Cooking Allergy-Free cookbook, which includes recipes that do not include any of the eight major food allergies. So no matter what it is you're NOT supposed to eat, the recipes in this cookbook can accommodate you. This cookbook comes out in November 2014.

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4. Williams-Sonoma Weeknight Gluten Free & Gluten-Free Baking by Kristine Kidd (Weldon Owen)
The one time I've been in a Williams-Sonoma store, I was really impressed at the high quantity of gluten-free products being sold. Who knew? And now there's the Williams-Sonoma Weeknight Gluten Free cookbook! It's filled with simple and quick gluten-free recipes that you can make even on a busy weeknight. This is exactly what we need!! I also like that this cookbook is written by a gourmet chef who also has Celiac Disease!

The Weeknight Gluten Free cookbook is already available, but there's a new gluten-free baking cookbook that's going to be coming out in December 2014. I got a sneak peek at a galley copy of the baking cookbook, and it looks yummy! Can't wait to see the finished product - and try out some of the recipes.

I've got more to report from my BEA trip, so stay tuned to the blog. And if you want to see pictures and other updates from BEA and other cool events, make sure you're following me on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook!

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