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I have to confess, I chose this book totally based on the title – my heart is made of pure sarcasm and snark. When I saw this book mentioned in a group that I belong to I just couldn’t pass it up the opportunity to read and review Gluten is my Bitch by April Peveteaux (if you prefer to not buy the book, check out your local library to see if they have it or can get it for you).
Would I recommend this book?
There is so much goodness in this book. I learned new things, found new recipes I want to try, and she had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion. As you can see from the title, there is some language in the book. The “cursing” isn’t meant to be vulgar but more as added sarcasm and humor. I would let my 13-year-old daughter read the book.
1 I have done a lot of research in the Celiac arena and I admit I don’t know everything (and never will) and I am always learning. However, I have learned a lot as anyone in my position (parent of a Celiac) would. I love that I still learned something new.
- It takes an average of 10 years to get diagnosed with Celiac (our daughter had issues from the time she started potty training and wasn’t diagnosed until she was 11 so it fits)
- Non-Poop related symptoms of Celiac: depression, brain fog, eczema, anxiety, acne, etc. (my daughter is currently having issues with anxiety and I would not have thought it could be related to her Celiac diagnosis)
2. April Peveteaux’s humor in the Gluten is my Bitch is just plain awesome!!! The poop humor was hilarious. Not jokes per se, but just how she explains certain situations that many Celiacs go through. I absolutely LOVED it. You would think I would be done with “poop talk” with two teenagers, alas, that is not the case when you have a Celiac in the house, lol. It comes with the territory of being a Celiac parent.
- When she was talking about eating organic, she wrote “the less junk in your food, the less likely you’ll wind up on the bowl!”
3. All. The. Recipes!!!! There are soooooo many that I want to try! Every time I thought I was seeing the last recipe, I would read the next section and there would be more. All are gluten-free obviously, but she also had vegan and paleo recipes.
- Some of the ones I want to try are the Ding Dongs (who doesn’t like chocolate cake???), almond coconut bars, and baked stuffed avocados just to name a few.
4. Traveling. We travel a lot and don’t let it hinder our adventures. It does take more planning, but that really isn’t a big deal.
- She lists several eating out go-to’s with specific restaurant’s that have GF options but also items to order at an Indian, Thai, etc. restaurant as well.
- A good list of gluten-free alcohol (and some yummy looking recipes too)
- Examples of what airline offers what kind of gluten-free food.
5. She also discusses some of the current medical research in “cures” and “vaccines” for Celiac disease.
- I loved her practical approach to the new research. I would say cautiously optimistic would be my opinion of her standpoint.
Read The Book
As I previously stated, I wholeheartedly recommend you read Gluten is my Bitch. It is highly informative, funny, and I has some amazing recipes that I can’t wait to try.
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