Monday, May 11, 2015

Going Against the Grain by: Nuccia Ardagna review and giveaway

Book Description:

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.

We hope you enjoy the book and find it helpful in your journey.

Author's Bio:

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

Guest Posts and Interviews:
What Makes This Book Unique in my Humble Opinion
by Nuccia Ardagna
Let’s come right out and say it. There is no shortage of books out there! There are self-help books, romance novels, cookbooks, thrillers; in fact, there is truly something to tantalize any mind, young or old. The biggest part of deciding to write a book for me had to have been the genre and topic. I knew I wasn’t creative enough to write a romance novel, however I hoped that my life experiences would help someone in some way. I felt that even if I could help just one person I would have accomplished something. So deciding on the topic, as well as who my target audience was, was the most challenging part of this whole project.

Then, shortly after deciding to write a book, I was diagnosed with celiac disease so writing a book dropped in my list of priorities. That became a huge part of my life and I remember the extensive research I had done on the subject not to mention trying to adapt to a gluten-free lifestyle at the same time. The food lover in me was not going to settle for just living. I wanted to continue to eat deliciously well! Being Italian, that was not going to be easy, but I was on a mission. When the dust settled and I had a handle on my new life AND felt I was eating as well as before my diagnosis, the desire to write a book resurfaced, only this time, I had the perfect topic!

I decided that this book would be a great ‘starter’ for anyone who was newly diagnosed with celiac or any other form of gluten sensitivity. Not only did I want it to help provide the necessary answers to common questions but I also wanted to share some of the more traditional recipes I grew up with but now modified to fit with my new dietary restrictions.

Therefore, this book is not a biography or story about living with my diagnosis. It is not a guidebook about celiac. It’s not even an Italian/Sicilian cookbook. It’s all three. I wanted to put myself in the shoes of someone who was just diagnosed and needs some practical guidance.

I remember when learning about celiac, the many resources I had to consult on many different sites in order to get answers. I remember writing tons of notes on dos and don’ts with regard to my new lifestyle. I also remember working hard on trying my old recipes with new ingredients or just tweaking some so that I could still enjoy them today after my diagnosis.

So if you’re curious about how I suffered prior to my diagnosis, or what you need to know if you’ve been diagnosed, or need direction on how to jump-start your gluten-free life with some great recipes then this is the book for you. You don’t have to buy 3 books. It’s all there for you in one comprehensive book. With regards to the recipes, some are basic, some are traditional and some didn’t even need to be modified but one thing is for sure. They are delicious and gluten-free. I hope you enjoy my story. My book.

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My review of Going Against the Grain by: Nuccia Ardagna
Wow anyone who thinks they may have a problem with Gluten needs to grab this book, and if not grab this book for the recipes. I personally pretty much ruled out celiac disease, as my stomach problems from this book, it is a wealth of information. I have heard about celiac disease and Gluten sensitivity, but never had a good understanding of it. I have a really good understanding now. I really loved how she explained it all in laymans terms instead of medical mumbo jumbo I cannot understand. 
 I never knew you had to be so strict when on a Gluten free diet, but Nuccia really lays it all on the line for you. I would of never thought to toss the toaster out or re-season my cast iron cookware.
  I continued to read this book until I go tot part 2. Then I started DROOLING!!  The pictures are TORTURE!! Oh my everything looks so yummy. I have tried a few of the recipes so far, and well they are AMAZING. Even though I do not have to be gluten free, I did not miss anything i the recipes I tried.  The Funghi Ripieni (stuffed mushrooms) are to die for and so easy to make.  The Risotto ai funghi Misti (Risotto with Mixed Mushrooms) is delicious. Can you tell I love mushrooms? Let's not forget desert, Panna Cotta ai Mirtilli (Gelatin-Free Panna Cotta with Blueberries) is just amazing.


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