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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 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.


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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 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.

33 review for Going Against the Grain - Italian Style!: A Gluten-Free Life Guide and Recipe Book for Staying Healthy and Eating Amazingly!

  1. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    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 n 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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    I don’t have a problem with gluten but know a few people who do. I was surprised to learn through this book that if you celiac disease there is a lot more to managing it than just avoiding gluten. The first part of the book is a wealth of information about celiac disease from the symptoms to how to manage it on a daily basis. The author tells what celiac disease is, what the symptoms are, about her diagnosis, how to manage it, how to read food labels, what other health problems can occur due to c I don’t have a problem with gluten but know a few people who do. I was surprised to learn through this book that if you celiac disease there is a lot more to managing it than just avoiding gluten. The first part of the book is a wealth of information about celiac disease from the symptoms to how to manage it on a daily basis. The author tells what celiac disease is, what the symptoms are, about her diagnosis, how to manage it, how to read food labels, what other health problems can occur due to celiac disease and more. The second part of the book is full of recipes that anyone can enjoy. They are all pretty easy to make with ingredients that are easy to find. The recipes range from starters to desserts and they all look yummy. Yes, there are color photos and they will make your tummy growl. I haven’t made anything yet, but do have a list of some I want to try. Anyone who suspects they, or someone they know has a gluten intolerence should read this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    LAWonder10

    Do you truly understand the severity of Gluten intolerance? Are you - or someone you know - having problems with gluten products or have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease? If so, this book contains a wealth of information and wonderfully illustrated and delicious gluten-free recipes! Author Nuccia Ardagna, not only shares with readers her personal experience with Gluten and the knowledge she has gained, but includes 123 mouthwatering Italian gluten-free dishes!. Gluten intolerance is problem muc Do you truly understand the severity of Gluten intolerance? Are you - or someone you know - having problems with gluten products or have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease? If so, this book contains a wealth of information and wonderfully illustrated and delicious gluten-free recipes! Author Nuccia Ardagna, not only shares with readers her personal experience with Gluten and the knowledge she has gained, but includes 123 mouthwatering Italian gluten-free dishes!. Gluten intolerance is problem much more serious than one might realize. Nuccia presents this information in a clear and interesting way. A Gluten-free diet can be versatile and appealing. With this quality paperback book, one can discover hows gluten-free eating can be delectable for the whole family!! This book concludes with Nuccia's Interview with Bobbi Cohen. This will be a book you will want to keep! *This book was sent to me in exchange for an HONEST review, of which I have given.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Kelly

    "Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.  It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide.  Two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications. When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. These attacks lead to da "Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine.  It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide.  Two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications. When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. These attacks lead to damage on the villi, small fingerlike projections that line the small intestine, that promote nutrient absorption. When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body. Celiac disease is hereditary, meaning that it runs in families. People with a first-degree relative with celiac disease (parent, child, sibling) have a 1 in 10 risk of developing celiac disease." Wow! I can not imagine life with Celiac Disease, but I guess it is like with any other illness, you cope and adapt. I do not have the disease but I do know a few people that do suffer from gluten issues. I love to cook and bake so if I had someone in the family with this disease, I would be all over the internet and cookbooks to find recipes to make. That said, Going Against the Grain - Italian Style by Nuccia Ardagna is one of the cookbooks I would refer to. Not only is the author knowledgable about Celiac Disease, but she suffers from it.  This book is interesting in the fact that not only does the author know what she is talking about, but she has done extensive research into the why's and wherefore's of the disease, but also experimenting and coming up with delicious recipes and she shares them with the reader.  Celiac Disease is not an allergic reaction to a particular food but an actual illness. In the first few pages of the book the reader learns about the symptoms, which are extensive, other diseases that can be triggered by this disease. I learned that the disease can be hereditary and it is difficult to diagnose. Did you know that there is gluten in non food items?? I did not know that either, cosmetics, hair care products, medications, vitamins and some supplements have gluten in them. A person who is gluten intolerant has to be very careful, in their own home, eating out and what groceries to purchase. Cross contamination can cause problems also, bakeware, utensils, cutting boards, plates and even rolling pins can cause issues for the sufferer.  So sticking to recipes and foods that are gluten free is a must, lots of fruits and vegetables along with lean meats, fish, dairy and gluten free grains should be in the sufferers diet.  On to the recipe section. Like I said before, I do not suffer from gluten intolerance but I did bookmark some of the recipes in this cookbook. I love to make soups so I spotted the Hearty Sicilian Broccoli Soup in Tomato Broth and it will be made in my kitchen soon. Fresh Tomatos and Pesto Rotini and Risotto with Mixed Mushrooms look delicious also. There are fish recipes, vegetable recipes and even a section on sweets all looking really really good! Important in any cookbook are the pages of resources. Nuccia has listed, in the back of the book, websites to go to about Celiac Disease, medication website, travel resources, books to read, what food and snacks you can eat and even restaurant and bakery websites. I really liked this book and even though none of us suffer from this illness, I will be making some recipes as I try to make our meals as healthy as I can. I am on a diet and it is important to eat the right things. Going Against the Grain - Italian Style is an invaluable resource for the cook to have in the kitchen. I highly recommend it! I was provided a copy of the cookbook for review and was not monetarily compensated for said review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I know a few people who have Celiac Disease and up until now I thought that they just have to stay away from gluten, but until I read this book I did not realize to what extent and how deeply it can affect one's life. Going Against the Grain is the perfect guide for someone who has just been diagnosed with Celiac, suspects they have the disease or who knows someone in their family who has it and wants to learn more. Nuccia tells of her own experience of how she was diagnosed and then proceeds to I know a few people who have Celiac Disease and up until now I thought that they just have to stay away from gluten, but until I read this book I did not realize to what extent and how deeply it can affect one's life. Going Against the Grain is the perfect guide for someone who has just been diagnosed with Celiac, suspects they have the disease or who knows someone in their family who has it and wants to learn more. Nuccia tells of her own experience of how she was diagnosed and then proceeds to inform the reader by means of question and answer, and detailing how to avoid cross-contamination. She does not fill this book with jargon or useless fillers. In her exuberant and lively way, she includes everything useful a person with Celiac and their family needs to know, and then proceeds to share her mouth-watering passed-down-through-the-generations recipes from her Italian heritage. Oh, how I loved looking through those recipes! Many of them are the same ones my mother cooks. I became nostalgic just reading these recipes. This cookbook has stirred in me the joy of cooking that I lost now that I work full-time and feel too tired at the end of the day to try new recipes. Thank you, Nuccia! I've been on a gluten-free diet for almost a year now and it has made a difference for me regarding my fibromyalgia, but you can imagine this has been difficult with a family who eats pasta, pizza and tiramisu! My mom has made me gluten-free gnocchi and Nuccia includes a recipe in this book as well. What I like about this cookbook is that Nuccia makes all the recipes easy. Recipes I thought would be difficult are not. Because my family likes (or shall I say, loves pizza) I decided to make the Cauliflower Crust Pizza. First off, I knew it was delicious because I had already tried it at Nuccia's home and marvelled that it was made with--of all things!--cauliflower. Not a popular veggie in my family unless eaten raw. Let me tell you, my kids will never look at cauliflower the same way again. If you like to eat well, enjoy cooking easy gourmet recipes, and want to do so all while eating gluten-free, then I urge you to get Nuccia's book. It was created with love and meticulous care from a woman who wants to share her Italian recipes with those who have been told they can no longer eat the same way again. Nuccia is so positive in that she makes you see you can eat even better. She has turned a devastating situation into a fantastic experience for her and her family. Nuccia's passion, meticulous research and work to bring traditionally well-known Italian culinary delights to our palates comes through beautifully in this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Angela Thompson

    Ardagna devotes a large portion of the book to sharing information about living gluten free. She discusses her own celiac disease diagnosis and offers a number of tips for transitioning to a gluten free lifestyle in a gluten filled world. Her writing style is very open, honest, and conversational. She relates very well to readers facing a life changing, dietary change--and takes a lot of the fear and negativity out of the change. Italian comfort foods are a big part of many our diets and, with a Ardagna devotes a large portion of the book to sharing information about living gluten free. She discusses her own celiac disease diagnosis and offers a number of tips for transitioning to a gluten free lifestyle in a gluten filled world. Her writing style is very open, honest, and conversational. She relates very well to readers facing a life changing, dietary change--and takes a lot of the fear and negativity out of the change. Italian comfort foods are a big part of many our diets and, with a few changes and substitutions, may still be enjoyed with a gluten free diet as well. Ardagna combines homemade with semihomemade Ingredients in her recipes. Today, there are so many more gluten free options on our store shelves than in even the recent past. Ardagna combines the ease of gluten free pastas and breads along with traditional Italian ingredients. Every recipe in her book is gluten free--but, so loaded with flavor and creativity that the recipes are sure to be a hit. She illustrates that so many of our favorite Italian meals are just as delicious without the gluten! Would I recommend Going Against the Grain..Italian Style by Nuccia Ardagna? Transitioning to a gluten free lifestyle is intimidating at first--but, it doesn't need to be so daunting. Nuccia Ardagna shows that even a traditionally, gluten filled diet, such as her native Sicilian, may be successfully modified to fit gluten free needs. The recipes in this book are straightforward, use convenient, commercially prepared gluten free products when possible--and written in an easy to understand and easy to use format. If you enjoy Italian food--but, need to experience it from a gluten free perspective--this book is perfect for you. You will also find a number of Ardagna's favorite resources for celiac disease information and gluten-free products. I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in a blog review. All opinions and experiences are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debra Schoenberger

    I looked forward to reading this cookbook by Nuccia because I am gluten intolerant and am always looking for new ways to improve my diet. She begins with her own story about how she was diagnosed with celiac's disease and the measures both she and her family took to adjust to a new lifestyle that would help her feel better and heal. There is a section entitled "what is celiac disease?, what are the symptoms?, can celiac disease lead to other health problems and when will I start to feel better?" I looked forward to reading this cookbook by Nuccia because I am gluten intolerant and am always looking for new ways to improve my diet. She begins with her own story about how she was diagnosed with celiac's disease and the measures both she and her family took to adjust to a new lifestyle that would help her feel better and heal. There is a section entitled "what is celiac disease?, what are the symptoms?, can celiac disease lead to other health problems and when will I start to feel better?" She outlines how to read food labels, how to avoid cross-contamination, and how to travel and keep to your diet. There is a section on other names for wheat and/or other forms of grains that must be avoided which I found to be extremely useful. For those who suffer from celiac disease, it also contains a chapter on how to avoid cross-contamination when dining out. Part 2 of this book contains the different Italian recipes that anyone who cannot tolerate gluten can add to their repetoire. I liked the way the different recipes were on different coloured pages. There were plenty of photographs of both the individual recipes as well as Nuccia and her family. As a visual artist the only (not really important) issue I had with the book was that the photo editing rendered some of the photos to be very dark with a very high contrast. I personally prefer photographs of food to be "true-to-life" so that I can compare what I make with what the recipe should look like. The resource section is a valuable source of links to websites related to the different organizations, travel resources, and food and restaurants that all sell gluten-free products. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Italian food and wants to enjoy gluten-free cooking.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Freda Mans-Labianca

    I do not have a reason to eat gluten-free. However, when I do eat gluten-free foods, I feel a difference in how I digest my food. I have always had digestion problems. Some foods just don't sit well or feel extremely heavy in my stomach. Eating less processed, more organic and yes, gluten-free foods have definitely helped. When given an opportunity to try new recipes that are gluten-free, I jumped at it. Ironically, my hubby is Italian, and he also loves cake. It didn't take me very long to figur I do not have a reason to eat gluten-free. However, when I do eat gluten-free foods, I feel a difference in how I digest my food. I have always had digestion problems. Some foods just don't sit well or feel extremely heavy in my stomach. Eating less processed, more organic and yes, gluten-free foods have definitely helped. When given an opportunity to try new recipes that are gluten-free, I jumped at it. Ironically, my hubby is Italian, and he also loves cake. It didn't take me very long to figure out what exactly I was going to try making from this cookbook. Apple cake, or Torta Di Mele. This cake is made with gluten-free flour. It is typically a cake that is best served with coffee or espresso. Let me tell you, it was delicious! I didn't know what to expect from gluten-free flour, it was my first time using it to bake, but it really had no different taste than a cake made with regular white flour. Cake always leaves a huge heavy feeling though, and I did notice that didn't happen after eating a slice of this cake. In light of this, I doubt I will use all-purpose white flour again. Knowing I can get the same great taste without the bloating and heaviness is huge! We do eat a lot of cake after all. This cookbook is fantastic! It explains what gluten is, tells you what the symptoms, which can help you know if you should consult a physician, and gives you great recipes to create that will keep your whole family happy and healthy. I can't wait to cook more from it! I am going to try, Zuppa di Leuticche e Bietola, which is Swiss Chard and Lentil soup. YUM! I highly suggest you get a copy too! Great food without the gluten!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    It seems like Glutten-free is all over now days, but for some people they only do it because they have too. Those with Celiac disease have too and it’s not real fun when you can figure out how to cook things without glutten. I have a friend who has it and she says it so expensive to buy things without glutten. So it’s great to see more cookbooks that are helping these people. The author of this book in Part one talks about her battle with Celiac disease and how to make sure your environment is fr It seems like Glutten-free is all over now days, but for some people they only do it because they have too. Those with Celiac disease have too and it’s not real fun when you can figure out how to cook things without glutten. I have a friend who has it and she says it so expensive to buy things without glutten. So it’s great to see more cookbooks that are helping these people. The author of this book in Part one talks about her battle with Celiac disease and how to make sure your environment is free of glutten. Then we get to the yummy part of the cookbook which is the recipes. I haven’t had a chance to try as many recipes as I would have wanted as time got away from me but I did try one of the antipasti recipes called Prosciutto Ripieuo (Stuffed Ham). It was yummy especially pared with a salad. It was meant to be an appetizer but it makes a great light lunch item as well. It was a very simple and easy recipe to follow which I love and I can’t wait to try making some more of the recipes in this book. I am always looking for great recipes that contain less wheat not because I am allergic like some but because it’s a bit healthier. I don’t think I would make it grain free and I am really glad that I don’t have a problem with glutten, but I am glad there are great cookbooks like these out there to help those find great recipes. :)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rhiannon Johnson

    Read my full review here http://www.ivoryowlreviews.blogspot.c... I am lucky enough to not have a gluten allergy or celiac disease but I have several friends and acquaintances who do. While they are forced to follow certain dietary restrictions, I am simply interested in new recipes and ideas to inspire me to reduce my family's gluten intake. The author begins this book with her and her family's stories of why they needed to make changes to their diets. She then shares valuable insight into how y Read my full review here http://www.ivoryowlreviews.blogspot.c... I am lucky enough to not have a gluten allergy or celiac disease but I have several friends and acquaintances who do. While they are forced to follow certain dietary restrictions, I am simply interested in new recipes and ideas to inspire me to reduce my family's gluten intake. The author begins this book with her and her family's stories of why they needed to make changes to their diets. She then shares valuable insight into how you can make the same changes. Filled with recipes and photos, I have already found myself returning to this book several times since I read it through the first time. Risotto, spaghetti, gnocchi, oh my... all those delicious pastas you thought you had to cut out, Nuccia shows you how to still enjoy these favorites. If I had to criticize anything about this book it would be that the photos are not the super high resolution you may see in some other cookbooks, BUT like I said before, I've returned to this book several times for dinner ideas and I can list a million other glossy hardback cookbooks that I haven't done that with.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    I'll admit it...I'm a cookbook addict. I love all these amazing recipes and being able to try them out for my family. Now we do not have to be gluten free in my household, but that doesn't mean that those that need to live without gluten can't enjoy delicious foods too. There is a whole first section that discusses how to live a gluten free life and how to handle each meal and other occasions. with as many people now that can't tolerate gluten there are many options available. There is a wide vari I'll admit it...I'm a cookbook addict. I love all these amazing recipes and being able to try them out for my family. Now we do not have to be gluten free in my household, but that doesn't mean that those that need to live without gluten can't enjoy delicious foods too. There is a whole first section that discusses how to live a gluten free life and how to handle each meal and other occasions. with as many people now that can't tolerate gluten there are many options available. There is a wide variety of dishes from starters to desserts. Some of them can be made using normal flour/bread (if you can have gluten) such as the bruschetta recipe - just use your favorite bread. The zucchini fritters is one of the first recipes that caught my eye. Each recipe uses normal ingredients and the recipes are easy to follow. If you are looking for a gluten free cookbook, I highly recommend this one!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rindge

    Being that I am not gluten-intolerant, I wasn’t sure I’d be a good candidate to review this beautiful cookbook by Nuccia Ardagna, a celiac patient who happens to have deep roots in Italy! But because I am following the Dash diet which emphasizes lots of vegetables, fruit and lean meats, I knew that I would love these recipes! Nuccia, like me, grew up in an Italian family where Mamma and Nonna were excellent cooks, and therefore we know what good food is all about! When Nuccia was diagnosed with Being that I am not gluten-intolerant, I wasn’t sure I’d be a good candidate to review this beautiful cookbook by Nuccia Ardagna, a celiac patient who happens to have deep roots in Italy! But because I am following the Dash diet which emphasizes lots of vegetables, fruit and lean meats, I knew that I would love these recipes! Nuccia, like me, grew up in an Italian family where Mamma and Nonna were excellent cooks, and therefore we know what good food is all about! When Nuccia was diagnosed with celiac disease, she wasn’t about ready to give up all that she loved! She learned to adapt the recipes so that she could still enjoy them without compromising on the flavor. And now, she’s brought those wonderful recipes to us in her new gluten-free cookbook Going Against the Grain. The book is beautifully laid out. She starts off with an introduction to celiac disease – how to diagnose it and how to live with it. This is useful information for those diagnosed or those that think they may have this disease. After these introductions, her chapters are laid out by course – appetizers, first courses, second courses, side dishes, sweets, and bonus stuff! The recipes are clear and she has included gorgeous photos with each recipe that makes your mouth water looking at them! As soon as I received my book, I couldn’t wait to begin trying some of them. The first one I tried was the Insalata Mista Piccante con Asparagi (Spicy Mixed Salad with Asparagus). If you like the bitter taste of radicchio and crispy asparagus, you will love this fresh and healthy salad! As my mom always said, bitter lettuces clean the blood! Whether that’s true or not, you do feel healthier after eating them! The other recipes I tried were main courses: Pollo Ripieno con Mortadella and Coniglio al Forno. I made some substitutions in both of these recipes, but I don’t think they detracted from the savoriness and flavor. In the Pollo Ripieno recipe I decided to substitute prosciutto for mortadella. Good mortadella is difficult to find near me (unless I go into SF North Beach), so rather than buy not so good mortadella, I used Italian prosciutto (which is easily found at my local Trader Joe’s). This substitution may have led to the dish becoming more salty, but since I’m a salt-aholic, this was not a problem :) My absolute favorite recipe from this book, though, and maybe an all-time favorite recipe, was the Coniglio al Forno! Instead of rabbit, I used chicken drumsticks – again, mostly because they are more readily available. The ease of this recipe and the flavor make this an absolutely perfect recipe suitable for everyone – family and guests! I can highly recommend this cookbook – whether your are trying to follow a gluten-free diet or not! In my opinion, the ingredients are so healthy and nutritious that everyone would benefit from cooking this way! Kudos to Nuccia for taking an obstacle and working with it to continue enjoying delicious Italian cuisine!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Rehmatullah

    I do not suffer from any allergies, although I did once suspect I may, when I was bloated or cramped following consumption of bread or pasta. I was tested by the doctor, but all the tests came back as normal. I am aware that cutting out gluten from your diet is beneficial. As my favourite food is Italian, I wondered how I would accomplish the mission. Thus I am grateful to find Ardagna's cookbook to guide me through eliminating gluten and continuing to enjoy delicious Italian food. Going against I do not suffer from any allergies, although I did once suspect I may, when I was bloated or cramped following consumption of bread or pasta. I was tested by the doctor, but all the tests came back as normal. I am aware that cutting out gluten from your diet is beneficial. As my favourite food is Italian, I wondered how I would accomplish the mission. Thus I am grateful to find Ardagna's cookbook to guide me through eliminating gluten and continuing to enjoy delicious Italian food. Going against the grain is the most inspirational and easily understandable book I have discovered to date. All other books felt unapproachable, leaving me feeling and thinking that a gluten-free diet was shrouded in mystery. Literally everything you need to consider is covered, as the author offers guidance from her own personal experience. The recipes are clearly set out and reasonably simple to cook. There are no obscure ingredients to locate or hours spent making overly fancy cuisine. Just good wholesome, nourishing home cooking Italian Style. Some recipes you may be familiar with, such as rissotto, others you may not have tried, like Gnocchi. The cooking methods are described so clearly, Ardagna will encourage everyone to re-create her recipes in next to no time! I recall the first time I learnt to make rissotto:- the recipe was so simple, that I felt no barrier and thoroughly enjoyed creating it many times. It need to be easy to follow, or I may not have moved on to create many more versions, some quite complicated. The most inspirational recipe is the Cauliflower Crust Pizza with Arugula (known as rocket in the U.K), Pesto and Goat Cheese. Another variation is pictured, is with mozzarella and mushrooms. I do like to see fresh uncooked tomatoes used as the topping, as the flavour is more vibrant. I have not seen a recipe for a pizza base made from cauliflower before, so expect this was uniquely created by the author. It is worthwhile buying the book even just for this recipe alone! Going Against The Grain completely demystifies gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. The whole process on what to avoid when shopping through to symptoms is shared in a clear and friendly manner. I am sure the problem will feel less overwhelming to those reading this lovely book. You may need to go through your kitchen cupboards and cease to use some items following reading this informative book. The travel card is a great idea, and is in English and Italian. It saves alot of over explaining and feeling apologetic about your dietary restrictions. Once you clearly know what you can or cannot eat, and have disposed of some kitchen utentials, you can give more attention to cooking what you are able to eat. From what I have previously read about wheat, you will feel better without it in your diet - less bloated. I would have loved to read the preface in English, but alas, it was only in Italian!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Create With Joy

    GIVEAWAY: For a chance to WIN 1 of 2 copies of Going Against The Grain – Italian Style, visit Create With Joy and enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway by 5/29/15. Full details on blog; giveaway open to residents of the US and Canada, except where prohibited by law. 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 d GIVEAWAY: For a chance to WIN 1 of 2 copies of Going Against The Grain – Italian Style, visit Create With Joy and enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway by 5/29/15. Full details on blog; giveaway open to residents of the US and Canada, except where prohibited by law. 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! 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 look forward to enjoying many delicious, healthy recipes from Going Against The Grain – Italian Style and I recommend this book to you as well! To read this review in its entirety, visit Create With Joy. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. However, the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Blogs

    Reviewed for Brooke Blogs. Going Against the Grain by Nuccia Ardagna is a cookbook focusing on gluten free Italian cuisine. While we do not eat a gluten free diet in our home, I think that eating gluten free can be beneficial, even for those without celiac disease. This book provides a lot of information relating to celiac disease and a gluten free lifestyle. Much of the information was new to me. This book was very easy to understand. I liked that the book contained a variety of recipes, from ap Reviewed for Brooke Blogs. Going Against the Grain by Nuccia Ardagna is a cookbook focusing on gluten free Italian cuisine. While we do not eat a gluten free diet in our home, I think that eating gluten free can be beneficial, even for those without celiac disease. This book provides a lot of information relating to celiac disease and a gluten free lifestyle. Much of the information was new to me. This book was very easy to understand. I liked that the book contained a variety of recipes, from appetizers to main courses and desserts. So many of the dishes look delicious. I can't wait to make the stuffed chicken and the risotto with mushrooms. Several of the recipes are ones that I know my family will enjoy, even made with gluten free products or recipes that are naturally gluten free. I recommend giving this book a try even if you do not have celiac issues. The recipes can be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys Italian cuisine. Going Against the Grain by Nuccia Ardagna is going on my cookbook keeper shelf. I received a copy of this book for review purposes. This did not influence my opinion.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

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    elaine

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    Nuccia Ardagna

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gia

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emma

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Robertson

  22. 5 out of 5

    Darlene

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ahmed Emad

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    Mo7amed Meafy

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Golden

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Watts

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    Patricia

  28. 4 out of 5

    C.J. Burright

  29. 4 out of 5

    Puscas Mircea

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  31. 5 out of 5

    cheryl

  32. 4 out of 5

    Jerilynn

  33. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

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