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Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway :: Going Against the Grain by Nuccia Ardagna

Title: Going Against the Grain 
Author: Nuccia Ardagna
Publisher: self
Publication Date: January 7, 2015
Number of Pages: 186
How I Got It: Italy Book Tours 
Format: paperback
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.
My Review:
I am lucky enough to not have a gluten allergy or celiac disease but I have several friends and acquaintances who do. While they are forced to follow certain dietary restrictions, I am simply interested in new recipes and ideas to inspire me to reduce my family's gluten intake. The author begins this book with her and her family's stories of why they needed to make changes to their diets. She then shares valuable insight into how you can make the same changes. Filled with recipes and photos, I have already found myself returning to this book several times since I read it through the first time. Risotto, spaghetti, gnocchi, oh my... all those delicious pastas you thought you had to cut out, Nuccia shows you how to still enjoy these favorites. If I had to criticize anything about this book it would be that the photos are not the super high resolution you may see in some other cookbooks, BUT like I said before, I've returned to this book several times for dinner ideas and I can list a million other glossy hardback cookbooks that I haven't done that with. 

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. Connect with Nuccia: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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** Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

Book Tour Stop: Review and Giveaway of BRIDGES OF PARIS by Michael Saint James

Today is my stop on the iRead Book Tour for Michael Saint James' beautiful book Bridges of Paris. Be sure to check out some of the other stops here and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post to win one of 15 print copies of Bridges of Paris.  The contest is open internationally and ends May 16. I loved this book immediately because I love the new cooking show Luke Nguyen's France. Luke is always walking and cooking along, under, and on top of bridges throughout France. Although I have never been to France, photos of the city make me swoon and this book is no exception. As a book blogger, I constantly have books on my coffee table and scattered about, but none have caught the attention of so many guests as much as Bridges of Paris. Michael Saint James inspires me to continue working on my photography as well as research a visit to Paris in the future. 

Book Title: Bridges of Paris by Michael Saint JamesCategory: Adult Non-fiction, 280 pagesGenre: Travel PhotographyPublisher: Citron Bay PressPublished: May 1, 2015Available in: Print
Will send books: InternationallyTour dates: April 13 to May 8, 2015Content Rating: G

Bridges of Paris is a large-format coffee-table book, with over 350 original color photographs, which casts new illumination on the City of Light. The 37 bridges over the Seine River emerge as beautiful, historic destinations rather than unnoticed thoroughfares. The book features stunning portraits of each bridge as well as intimate riverside moments. Once you’ve experienced this river tour, you will never see Paris the same way again. Living as a Parisian for a year, author Michael Saint James left his American lifestyle and spent his days and nights capturing images from over, on, beside and under the bridges of Paris. With over 30 years experience as a photographer, educator and world traveler, Michael immersed himself in French culture to search out his authentic artist self. The result is a visual treasure to share with everyone.

Michael Saint James’ artistic pursuits include award-winning book design, film editing, and sound recording, as well as his first love, photography. Saint James is a world traveler, having visited more than 50 countries - doing everything from photographing penguins in Antarctica to trekking the Himalayas.
As an educator with California teaching credentials, he has taught media production and technology arts as well as photography, art history and visual storytelling. He is an expert speaker on Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Indeed, he walked in Vincent Van Gogh’s footsteps through the Netherlands, Belgium, and France in order to immerse himself in that troubled master’s vision.
The father of two grown children, Saint James once owned a café in Berkeley, California. He has bicycled from Las Vegas to Washington, D.C. and is rumored to play a mean blues harmonica.

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