Now that I am learning about the “Gluten free (GF) lifestyle”, I decided to order the book from Amazon, called “Gluten is my Bitch” by April Peveteaux. Obviously her catchy title intrigued me and so did her writing style. This book was hilarious, personal and very informative about April’s personal journey of having celiac disease, an autoimmune disease and the need for being gluten free. This books gives a good basic understanding about why a person with celiac disease has to be so careful around gluten, when eating gluten causes you extreme diarrhea. Nothing like having aversion therapy consequences!
So what is gluten? Gluten refers to proteins found in wheat, barley, rye, spelt, some oats and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye. Since bread and baked goods use wheat flour, the gluten in the wheat flour gives elasticity and gives your bread structure versus being mushy. Wheat is also used in a lot of food, supplements,and hair and skincare products as a thickener and filler. I learned that hidden wheat is in baking powder and in soy sauce!
April explains in her book how to live gluten free in everyday living situations, e.g.having separate collanders, pans, and cooking utensils for gluten free preparation and cooking. She also shares her experiences with ethnic foods, going to restaurants, airline food requests, and even her trip to Paris and how she survived GF. She also has a chapter on raising a child with celiac disease going through the different stages of growing up wanting pizza like the other kids.
April also has recipes which includes recipes for brisket, kugel and potato latkes for the Jewish holidays. Her recipes also teaches us how to substitute replacement GF flours, so we can eat pancakes and cake too!
This personalized viewpoint really gave me insight how vigilant a celiac affected person has to be in social situations. Going to parties, weddings, restaurants, and how we as a society socialize around food. “Gluten is my Bitch” was definitely an enjoyable, easy read.