Huge thanks to the team at Waitrose Weekend for recommending my book, Simply Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free (and saying lovely things about it!) in their piece on Coeliac UK’s Awareness Week. I’m so excited that they think my book is so good!
It looks as if Coeliac UK’s Gluten-Free Challenge, launched during the Awareness Week, has been really successful. There’s been a lot in the press, on blogs and on twitter – and it has been backed by people like Gino D’Acampo, Phillip Schofield and Dr Chris Steele (This Morning’s doctor). Their aim was to get people thinking about gluten-free diets, and help them understand what it is like to live with coeliac disease. They also wanted to make it clear to the catering industry that gluten-free food is in high demand, to encourage them to provide options for those on the gluten-free diet. This is all brilliant – and it does seem as if the message is starting to get through….
And have just seen an appealing spread of your recipes in Vegetarian Living’s July edition too!
And I agree with you re: awareness week – lots of coverage, and some good radio features too.
Hi Alex, it’s great to hear from you and I hope sales of your new book are going very well. I loved your pieces on your Gluten-Free Challenge week. It’s hugely impressive how much care you put into following it – and it’s great to have someone like you on our side!
Very kind and gracious of you, Grace – I only wish I’d had more time or circumstances had been slightly different that week that I could have tried one of your recipes! Maybe I will soon! Thanks – really pleased with sales – a lot of interest – and I hope it’s the same for you!
Hi again, if you want to try amaranth, you could try the Lamb Burgers with Pomegranate Amaranth or the Herb- & Olive-Crusted Lamb (which uses amaranth) from my book. (Michelle has a copy of it, if you want to borrow it from her!). And I’ll join the tweet up on Thursday…
I’m sort of semi-veggie and although I tried a broader ‘coeliac diet’ for the week, I only really occasionally have a little ham or fish. I’m sure I can find some delicious recipes on your site! And great news re: tweetup – forgot to mention it earlier.
Switching to a gluten-free diet is a big change and, like anything new, it takes some getting used to. You may initially feel deprived by the diet’s restrictions. However, try to stay positive and focus on all the foods you can eat. You may also be pleasantly surprised to realize how many gluten-free products, such as bread and pasta, are now available. Many specialty grocery stores sell gluten-free foods. If you can’t find them in your area, check with a celiac support group or go online. ^
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Dear Lyndon and everyone, any restricted diet might make you feel deprived, specially from your favourites but I feel angry that whenever someone talks about restricted diet, it is about gluten. All restricted diet shelves in supermarkets, manufacturers, producers, books, etc. have no consideration whatsoever to people suffering from multiple food allergies. Coeliacs should feel very lucky, there is soooooo much available for them but how many people tried to look for products that are free from: wheat, NUTS, dairy, eggs, soya, coconut,almond and sesame? If there is anyone who looked for these, how successful where you? how clearly is the packaging marked? did you manage to read the ingrediets box without the need for a magnifying glass? For fourteen years I’ve been cooking amazing food that is truly restricted and free from all what I mentioned, the only thing I’m struggling with is getting fluffy bread, can anyone there help wit ideas?
Hi Aller, Really sorry to hear you’re having such a tough time with multiple food allergies. It must be so hard. And it really annoys me, too, that there’s no national agreement on how ingredients are marked. The difference with the way dairy is marked, for example, is particularly annoying! I have a recipe for gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soya-free bread, if you’d like. All best, Grace