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Gluten-Free Girl: How I Found the Food That Loves Me Back...And How You Can Too

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

better than a cookbook

This is a memoir and a great cookbook! Enjoyed reading it as a memoir, and received a lot of good hints about cooking from the cookbook parts. Taught me more than I ever knew and I am 70 years old. You don't have to need gluten-free eating to benefit from this book.

posted by Anonymous on February 20, 2008

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

A Writer/Foodie Writes a Memoir...Oh, and She's a Celiac

I ordered this book thinking it was a cookbook. It's actually a celiac memoir. Not terrible reading to pass the time. Read it on the train, or plane, or the bathroom. Shauna's writing is organized, she is obviously well educated, and it shows that she cares about writin...
I ordered this book thinking it was a cookbook. It's actually a celiac memoir. Not terrible reading to pass the time. Read it on the train, or plane, or the bathroom. Shauna's writing is organized, she is obviously well educated, and it shows that she cares about writing and eating well. So it would seem that for her this book is her love letter about food, based on her experiences and offered up to the world, honestly noble in her intentions.

Unfortunately it is not simply a cookbook with an attached warning sticker: "Written for Foodies", and I'm sure Shuana would argue that's not the point--that the point is we see that food is accessible, and that we should all dine from the world's grand table, with all of it's finest offerings. She's *right*, perhaps we should. But she's delusional, too. Most people who face celiac disease are looking to eat so they don't get sick...not so they spend more $$ to eat "well", which is entirely subjective. Most of us aren't 150 yards from the fresh fish market like she is, and most of us are working families who see a movie out with the kids as a splurge....so um...'no'...we probably don't want to go out and buy pomegranite molasses.

On Shauna's list: "The Top Ten Noble Tastes" there is no reference to the "other grains" considered staples in most kitchens, and a lifeline for many celiacs. Really (and I mean really) expensive vinegars and oils, but no sustenance staples upon which the average celiac would rely, and would have rather seen listed here.

Don't get me wrong--Shauna is an excellent writer....but her book lacks any real substance, and she sends mixed messages....such as using highly negative descriptive words for the foods from her past----foods she admits to having loved and wolfed down with gusto----and highly seductive and beautiful imagery for the "new foods".....and then using those same positive descriptives for a hot dog (when she finally breaks down and starts eating meat again) at a NYC outdoor vendor....even though that kind of food would have fallen into the "bad food" category if it had been from her hometown. She arbitrarily decides for us what food falls into the praiseworthy category, and what foods do not belong, and when she's critical---boy is she ever critical! She purposefully overdramatizes to get her points across and in doing so makes her parents out to sound like unstable people who practically poisoned her, despite the fact that she went willingly. They are just as innocent as she was, in other words. It also seems cruel that she would use this forum to discuss a very personal private hell her mother endured surrounding agoraphobia. That's not what human beings should do do each other, much less family.

The tone of the book is summed up on page 53, wherein Shauna admits "....Two kids raised to believe that they should be different than most people (translation: smarter and more educated)..."

A bit of an alienating read...which is a total shame because if she had taken certain unnecessary personal bits (her ego clearly sat on top of her computer staring at her as she hacked this one out) out of it the book would have been superb.

posted by 887497 on January 24, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

    Ho hum

    I have tried to read this book several times and have never been able to get all the way through it. The information isn't organized well and her personal narrative jumps around a lot chronologically. She goes on and on about family issues, including her mother's health problems. There's a big long section on her relationship with her husband which seems like total TMI. Some of the recipes sound ok but I also read her blog and have seen photos of these dishes and have not been inspired to make them. I will stick with more tried and true resources, thank you very much.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2010

    TMI -- cringe ---groan

    ick!!! That is one sick relationship with food. Way TMI about flaunting most aspects her life, coupled with an oddly pretentious coyness about other aspects. Why mention things if you "can't tell us"? Very little useful info about coping with celiac on a daily basis. This is truly a case of bloggers going wild and thinking they should be authors. Insulting to the readers. Overall....just makes you cringe.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2007

    A reviewer

    The author is very repetitive. She has no clue as to how the average person shops and offers no solutions to find gluten-free foods locally, for those of us that do not live in or around Seattle. There are few recipes, and none that would be kid-friendly to the average child. She is also very harsh to her parents for feeding her the wrong foods, even though she wasn't diagnosed with celiac until she was an adult. Should they have psychically known she had celiac? The 'love story' is sappy at best. Do we really need to read how they cry over food? How does that help me find gluten-free solutions to every day cooking problems? The author is almost obsessed with food. It was a bit creepy to me to read about it. Overall, there are lots of other books with actual GF living pointers and tips that aren't as filled with ego and flowery prose...go read them and take a pass on this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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