Book Reviews

Gluten Free, Herbal, and Nutrition Books

The Prescription for Nutritional Healing
A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements
by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC and James F. Balch, MD.Prescription book cover
This book is my Bible. An excellent book for every home, it supplies information for natural treatments of everyday issues, like allergies and colds, to life threatening illnesses. It lists everything alphabetically from illnesses to herbs.  In the Herb section it tells you what the chemical components in the plant are, and what they do in your body, as well as counter considerations.  Each illness is addressed, and then natural ways of supporting the body and immune system are discussed.  Highly recommended!!!



Wheat Free Worry Free
The Art of Happy, Healthy Gluten-free Living
Danna Korn
Giving you clear lists of safe foods, and unsafe foods, this is a great book to start with.  This was my bible six years ago when I first set out on the GF road.
“This is a practical, comprehensive and inspirational guide to living a wheat-free, Wheat Free Covergluten-free lifestyle. It answers the many questions that people have concerning the unique challenges faced by those on such a diet. It helps to take the fear out of eating, and teaches and encourages people to deal with the wheat-free or gluten-free lifestyle in an optimistic yet realistic manner.”






Living Gluten–Free for Dummies
Practical, delicious ways to manage a gluten-free diet
By Danna KornLiving Gluten-Free for Dummies
Having been an undiagnosed dyslexic growing up, I left the school system feeling stupid and that feeling persisted well into my late 20’s.  Due to this history, I normally avoid any of the “Dummies” books, because of refusing to literally “buy” into that title. However I loved the first book by Danna, and feel that this one is also excellent.  I recommend it for anyone who’s children have been diagnosed with Autism.
“If you have a wheat allergy, gluten intolerance, celiac disease, or you just want to enjoy the benefits of a diet free of wheat, barley, and rye, then this guide is for you. Trusted author Danna Korn explains the medical problems associated with gluten and shows you step by step how to make the transition to a gluten-free lifestyle – and love it! With 25% new and revised content, this easy-to-understand reference includes coverage of the most recent testing methods, an updated section on the link between a gluten-free diet and improving behaviors in the autistic, new information about the genetics of celiac disease, expanded coverage on the gluten-free certification process, increased nutritional information, and updated recipes and resources.”
65 delicious recipes plus tips on eating out
Guidance on how to shop and decipher food labels Advice on how to raise happy gluten-free kids
Covering the practical, medical, and emotional aspects of the lifestyle, Living Gluten-Free For Dummies, 2nd Edition offers hope and inspiration as you make the switch to a life free of gluten.



Going Against The Grain
How Reducing and Avoiding Grains Can Revitalize Your Health
By Melissa Diane SmithGoing Against the Grain
This author found some of the same things I did in consuming wheat and other glutinous grains; she put on weight.  I have told people since I was in High school, that just looking at a doughnut would put 5lbs. on me, where as my mother, who has celiac disease, was able to have intimate and repeated trysts with all manner of glutinous goodies  (before she was diagnosed) and stayed rail thin.
This book explores different aspects and reasons for grain abstinence.




Against The Grain
Delicious Recipes for the Whole Food and Grain-Free Diet (Modern Alternative Mama: In the Kitchen)
By Kate Tietje
“Are you grain-free? Whether it’s due to allergy, weight loss, or doing the GAPS diet, grain-free eating isn’t easy. In fact, it can get pretty boring: lots of plain baked or grilled meats and steamed veggies. Who wants to eat boring, bland food forever? Especially on long-term, family diets (like GAPS), family members are likely to balk and “fall off the wagon” if they are expected to eat so much of the same all the time.

But grain-free doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, grain-free can include all kinds of interesting flavors, spices, and even sauces. Grain-free can be delicious and exciting. It can even include breads and desserts! That’s how Against the Grain came to be: a cookbook full of grain-free (mostly dairy-free and GAPS-friendly) recipes that aren’t boring, but are delicious and fun to eat. 

Against the Grain is a 55-page guide to delicious grain-free eating. It contains 30 amazing recipes, including 6 “breads and desserts!” Yes, you can have dessert, even grain-free!

Against the Grain doesn’t use any weird or unusual ingredients: instead, it focuses on fresh, delicious flavors that are easily found at any regular grocery store. It also focuses entirely on whole foods — no weird, science-experiment-type ingredients! That’s a major complaint among a lot of gluten- and grain-free families: strange, processed ingredients to replace the grains or dairy. But not in this book! Everything is based entirely in real food. That means you don’t even have to adapt the recipes to be healthy!”

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