Going Against The Grain – Italian Style! – Book Review
If you love Italian food, but feel that you can no longer enjoy your favorite Italian dishes because you are now restricted to a gluten-free diet, I have good news for you!
Nuccia Ardagna – a lifestyle blogger who was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2013 – has written a book called Going Against The Grain – Italian Style that shows you how you can continue to enjoy your favorite Italian dishes in a healthier, more wholesome way!
Going Against The Grain – Italian Style is aptly subtitled A Gluten-Free Life Guide And Recipe Book For Staying Healthy And Eating Amazingly. The book is divided into two parts:
Part 1 is filled with invaluable information about gluten sensitivity, gluten intolerance and celiac disease, including:
- How it is diagnosed
- What the symptoms are
- What happens if it goes untreated
You’ll then learn what you need to do to begin converting to a gluten-free diet, including how to:
- Create a gluten-free home environment
- Read food labels
- Avoid cross-contamination inside and outside of the home
You’ll learn tips for dealing with children who require special diets and friends and family members who don’t. You’ll also learn if non-food items such as cosmetics pose a threat to you.
Part 2 of the book is filled with Nuccia’s recipes – authentic Italian recipes passed down from her mother and grandmother. When possible, recipes include gluten-free foods; when necessary, Nuccia re-creates them to incorporate healthier, gluten-free substitutes.
You’ll find a wonderful selection of Italian recipes – all beautifully photographed – in Nuccia’s book, including appetizers, first and second courses, desserts – even bonus recipes. The best part? They are easy to make and as delicious as they look!
My family recently made and fell in love with Nuccia’s addictive Homemade Soft Armetti (Almond) Cookies on page 116 of Going Against The Grain – Italian Style.
We picked up a few specialty ingredients that we did not have on hand (almond flour and white rice flour) and then – following Nuccia’s clear and simple instructions – mixed our ingredients together and formed little dough balls.
Once they baked and spread in the oven, we placed almonds in the center and let them cool.
They turned out SO good! My husband says we must double the recipe next time!
What really sets Going Against The Grain – Italian Style apart from so many other cookbooks are the personal touches that Nuccia adds as she shares her journey – her photos – and her tips throughout the book.
You don’t have to “need” this book to enjoy its contents. I’m looking forward to enjoying many more delicious, healthy recipes from Going Against The Grain – Italian Style and I invite you to pick up a copy – or enter our giveaway – so you can enjoy Nuccia’s cookbook too!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
About Nuccia Ardagna
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.
Going Against The Grain – Italian Style! – Book Tour
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The Going Against The Grain – Italian Style Book Tour runs from May 4 – 27, 2015. Please visit the Going Against The Grain – Italian Style Book Tour Page to learn more about the author and to see what other bloggers are saying about this book!
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Italy Book Tours to review. However, the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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