Occasionally, I will share a favorite item from my gluten-free kitchen: a book, cookbook, gluten-free food or kitchen gadget or a roundup of favorite things from around the web. Hopefully you’ll find some new favorites to add to your gluten-free kitchen! While they may contain affiliate links, all Favorites posts reflect my own opinion and are not sponsored by any individual or company.
For this week’s Friday Favorite I wanted to share with you another favorite book for those newly diagnosed with Celiac Disease or have a family member newly diagnosed. The First Year: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten-Free: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed explains everything you need to learn and do upon hearing the diagnosis of celiac disease. I think this book should be given out by every gastroenterologist when they give someone their celiac diagnosis. It has been a great resource for me, not only in the first year of living gluten-free, but even in these following years. I believe that it is helpful for anyone going gluten-free, whether due to celiac disease or gluten intolerance or sensitivity.
The book is broken down into a day-by-day approach to learning about celiac disease and making the adjustments to shopping, cooking and eating. Even if you are past the first few days or months, you will find a lot of helpful information about ingredients with gluten, avoiding hidden gluten, and how to make the necessary adjustments to your diet. This book differs from my other favorite book on celiac disease, which I shared a few weeks ago, in that the author gives practical help on setting up your kitchen to avoid cross-contamination, dining out and traveling tips , and provides many delicious recipes for you to use.
While this book is written by Jules Shepard, the creator of gfJules flour, which I recommend, the book definitely doesn’t push her products (in fact, I think this was written before her products were available for sale). In fact, she gives the recipe for making your own gluten-free all-purpose flour blend and gives you many recipes to use it in. There are many great recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinners, with everything from hearty main dishes and healthy side dishes, to delicious birthday cakes so you and your children won’t miss out!
I definitely recommend you get your hands on a copy of this book!