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 **

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