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This two-part book is a vital adjunct to any home attempting to be gluten-free. The first part guides you through early diagnosis and is an essential guide for any beginner diagnosed with celiac disease or some form of gluten sensitivity. You will learn how to identify symptoms of the disease, how celiac disease is diagnosed, and the consequences if left untreated. It will help you to understand how to read labels and how to manage your gluten-free home in a shared environment. It outlines practical advice for parents of children with celiac disease as well as tips for eating out and dealing with social settings such as special occasions or when traveling. Honorary foreword provided by renowned Dr. Peter HR Green, MD – Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University.
Growing up authentically Sicilian, Nuccia Ardagna thought that getting rid of gluten meant giving up her favorite traditional foods, but that could not be further from the truth! Nuccia combines her passion for eating amazingly Italian with her new dietary needs to bring you scrumptious, traditional Italian (and Sicilian) recipes. From simple, classic appetizers to decadent desserts you thought you could never enjoy, every recipe is easy-to-follow and offers beautiful full-color pictures throughout. You can feel confident about entertaining guests and family with these mouth-watering recipes. You can eat healthier, feel better, and truly enjoy living gluten-free while never having to sacrifice great taste! In this book, Nuccia not only shares her personal story with celiac disease but also the recipes she grew up with at home and uses to entertain guests. Look for the bonus section at the end of the book along with a section dedicated to her favorite links and resources.
We hope you enjoy the book and find it helpful in your journey.
by Nuccia Ardagna
I will admit something that may surprise many people, especially those who know me. I hate to read. You must have reread that twice just to make sure you read it correctly and the answer is YES I just admitted that I hated to read. That all changed, however, the day I decided that I was going to write my own book. Ironic isn’t it? I hated reading yet I decided that I was going to write a book? That may seem odd but that’s exactly what happened and I had so much fun along the way! I thoroughly enjoyed the process; from conducting interviews, researching the topic to creating and putting those recipes together. Now I feel as though I have missed out on so much time that could have been spent reading; reading to my son, escaping into a fantasy love story or even learning something new through a non-fiction book. I will not cry over the past since I can’t change that, but I can certainly alter the future. A future that would have previously been void of reading will now be filled with exploring the printed pages of diverse books.
Having said that, I didn’t just decide one day that I now suddenly loved reading. It was a process and I had to make a conscious effort to read a little each day. I learned that with the right mental attitude I could truly enjoy reading and now I am happy to say that we, as a family, truly enjoy reading and learning together. In fact, I am so happy that writing my own book (which the topic in part came from my 10-year old son) had such a positive and influential effect on him as well. He is in the process of writing his very own fiction story! I can’t begin to imagine what I would have missed out on hadn’t I learned to embrace reading and the world of books.
Going Against the Grain by Nuccia Ardagna is a cookbook focusing on gluten free Italian cuisine. While we do not eat a gluten free diet in our home, I think that eating gluten free can be beneficial, even for those without celiac disease. This book provides a lot of information relating to celiac disease and a gluten free lifestyle. Much of the information was new to me. This book was very easy to understand.
I liked that the book contained a variety of recipes, from appetizers to main courses and desserts. So many of the dishes look delicious. I can’t wait to make the stuffed chicken and the risotto with mushrooms. Several of the recipes are ones that I know my family will enjoy, even made with gluten free products or recipes that are naturally gluten free. I recommend giving this book a try even if you do not have celiac issues. The recipes can be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys Italian cuisine. Going Against the Grain by Nuccia Ardagna is going on my cookbook keeper shelf.
About the Author
Nuccia Ardagna loves to travel to the place of her roots: SICILIA! Being Sicilian, she grew up with mamma, nonna and all her zie learning all the tricks of the trade and creating DELICIOUS Italian food from scratch. When diagnosed with celiac disease she was forced to learn new habits and, now, after trial and error and experimenting, wants to share her exquisite culinary creations with you.
She IS a true Italian to the core.