Are you on a gluten-free diet?
Not anymore. I was recently diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. For those who are familiar with the details of these things, I test positive for antibodies to IgG and negative to the other three antibodies that are diagnostic of celiac disease, so technically the diagnosis is up in the air. I don’t identify myself as a celiac now. I was gluten free for four months in 2005 and wheat free for two years, and I’m easing my way back into the world of wheat. I do make lots and lots of gluten-free recipes, and try to label them as such. Some posts labeled gluten-free will include bread in the post, but have a gluten-free entree. I also use spelt in some recipes, and label it accordingly. I also label dairy-free recipes where appropriate. For information on gluten-free and allergen-free kitchen safety, this is a good place to start. I’d like to make this blog a useful source of inspiration and ideas for gluten-free and allergic cooks.
What cookbooks are you using?
I’ve built a little library that now includes the following:
An Introduction to Indian Cooking, Madhur Jaffrey
Lebanese Cuisine, Anissa Helou
The Chinese Kitchen, Eileen Yin-Fei Lo
The Complete Book of Mexican Cooking, Elizabeth Lambert Ortiz
The Special Taste of Florida, G. Dean Foster
The Moosewood Cookbook, Molly Katzen
The New Book of Middle Eastern Cooking, Claudia Roden
The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Comfort Foods, Bette Hagman
I’m Just Here for the Food, Alton Brown
Can I come over for dinner?
Probably, if you bring alcohol and give me some advance warning.