Living Gluten-Free For Dummies (For Dummies (Health & Fitness))

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Includes 65 delicious gluten-free recipes plus tips on eating out

Find out how easy and tasty it can be to go gluten free!

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. 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!

Discover how to

  • Understand what you can and can't eat
  • Shop and decipher food labels
  • Cook crowd-pleasing gluten-free meals
  • Eat gluten-free at restaurants and parties
  • Raise happy gluten-free kids

Customer Reviews:

  • Good Reading
    It has been 28 years since I was diagnosed with Celiac. Back then there was little information and fewer products available for living gluten-free. Reading this book would have been very helpful to me then, and I may have been spared much of the problems I encountered along the way. Even the Dr. who determined my disease made the error of telling me that after the villi had repaired themselves, I should try gluten again!
    Living Gluten Free For Dummies is a very informative book, written with humor and candor to make it an easy read. Thank you Danna Korn....more info
  • I'm no dummy
    Great info and clear explanations an essential for anyone suffering from crohns disease or celiac....more info
  • Great resource
    I am a recently diagnosed Celiac, so I am starting at square one.

    This is a very informative, easy-to-read book that covers a lot of general questions. I even tried one of the recipes (gluten-free quiche) and found it to be very good.

    I do think that the author is a little over the top about contamination, etc. I asked my Dr (who has a Celiac child) about using separate toasters, etc and her response was, "Some people have way too much time on their hands."
    Once I got beyond the paranoia I am finding this book to be a very practical help...more info
  • Gluten-free as a lifestyle
    A fairly simple book, but well thought out and with some good advice. The reviewer (who appears confused as to the disease itself) who complained about "inaccuracies" in the book should look at the beam in his own eye before he checks for the speck in other people's. Celiacs, and I am one, need more help like this book and less whining.
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  • Awesome Book
    This book was very helpful to me as i have only been gluten free for 8 months. It told me a lot of the hidden foods that have Gluten and most people are unaware. I read the whold book in one day. I highly recommend this book to anyone who suffers from Gluten Intolerence or Celiac Disease or knows someone who does. ...more info
  • Dana Korn does it again!
    Dana's books have been an invaluable resource to us and she's been at it again with this book! She is always SPOT ON when it comes to the ins and outs of Celiac Disease and the gluten free diet! I bought this book for a recently diagnosed friend but read it first myself. Then I bought another copy for our home because I love being able to have straight forward books like this as a resource when talking to my kids' teachers about Celiac Disease.

    To the lady who's doctor told her to not worry about separate toaster's... he doesn't understand the AUTOIMMUNE implications of Celiac Disease if he's telling you not to worry about cross contamination. ANY amount of gluten can be dangerous to a Celiac, symptoms or not! We lost a family member to intestinal lymphoma because of her carelessness with the diet. ...more info
  • Very Readable
    This is the first book I have read on living a Gluten Free life style that was easy reading, enjoyable, funny and totally informative. Most books are informative but boring, dry, and hard to stay interested in. This book is different. It is not theory, but practical. It was not written by an observer but by a doer. This book is also a must for a GF family with kids who must live GF....more info
  • Easy to read, understand and the author adds humor.
    This book was amazing! When I first heard about this book, I laughed. What could I possibly learn from this book when I have been gluten free for over six years? The support group I started attending recommended it and I was already prepared not to get anything out of it. I was amazed to find how easily it was to read and still be informative. Dana Korn, is well known for the work she has done with R.O.C.K. (Raising Our Celiac Kids). I was highly surprised to find her so down to earth, someone I could relate to, and her book was a learning experience.

    I recommend this book to the newly diagnosed Celiac as well as to those who have been living gluten free for many years. ...more info
  • Living Gluten-Free For Dummies By Danna Korn
    You won't feel like a dummy after reading this book on Celeac Disease, you will feel well informed. ...more info
  • very handy
    my mom was just diagnosed with celiac disease and this book has made cooking much easier for her. ...more info
  • Living Gluten Free for Dummies
    As a new-be on gluten free diet, I found this book easy to understand. Most importantly why the diet is so important....more info
  • Thank you for this book!
    As the mom of a child who was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance, (still waiting for the results of the rest of the tests) - it was very nice to be able to find a book that is written so a person who is very confused and overwhelmed can understand it!!

    There is so much information available regarding Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance, but it's so very overwhelming. And, a lot of it is very scientific. I certainly want to learn the mechanics of the illness but the most important thing for me was finding out how to keep my child healthy, and happy.

    Mrs. Korn has helped me in more ways than she can imagine by writing this very comprehensive guide to raising a child with Celiac disease....more info
  • A Positive, Encouraging Gluten-Free Guide
    This is a great guide for those who are new to the gluten free world. I picked it up when I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance a few months ago and found it informative, easy to read, and lighthearted. I've found other gluten free or celiac resources to be very dull and have too much of a medical tone, but Danna Korn infuses cheerfulness and humor into the subject.

    Korn became entrenched in the gluten free world when her son was diagnosed with celiac disease as a child. At the time (and still today really) there were limited resources and experts available. Through her quest to make her son's life better, she has become an authority on the subject. Her you-can-do-it attitude makes going gluten free sound like a relief instead of a burden.

    This book gave me the basics of gluten intolerance - what it is, what the symptoms are, what it does to your system, what foods to avoid, and the difference is between allergies, intolerance, and celiac disease. I also found it valuable to learn about other seemingly unrelated symptoms, the less obvious ingredients to avoid, and some basic tips for navigating social scenes with a special diet.

    Not all of the book was for me. I don't have Celiac disease, so I'm not quite as concerned with cross contamination or handing out laminated cards with my diet needs at restaurants. And I'm not much of a cook so I skipped the recipe section.

    If you've been living gluten free for longer than six months, you probably know most of the information in this book. But even then, I'd recommend it for an easy to read reminder with a positive spin. This was a very informative read and I still refer to it. Having the Kindle version is especially nice because I've been able to search for answers to questions that have come up while grocery shopping or out to eat.
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  • Celiac disease on the rise
    With more health professionals recognizing celiac disease for the problem it is, this book was really helpful, in an easy format, in understanding what would help sufferers of celiac disease and what are possible substitutes, using gluten-free foods. Thankfully, more local grocery stores are supplying gluten-free, wheat-free foods so it's not terribly difficult to find relief!...more info
  • The information in book IS accurate...
    I hope no one gives any credence to the review that claims (inaccurately) that Danna's book has an inaccuracy. It doesn't! One reviewer wrote that Danna Korn's book had an inaccuracy because she says there's no such thing as an "allergy" to gluten, and he gave the book a bad review as a result (which, by the way, is like saying the entire restaurant is bad because you personally didn't like one item on the menu). But worse yet, this person's critique was faulty. For one thing, gluten is comprised of wheat, barley, and rye. With allergies, you either have an allergy to wheat, and/or to barley, and/or to rye. But you don't have an allergy to "gluten," even though some doctors will deem it that. Furthermore, the reviewer fails to note that Danna's book was reviewed by an M.D., Michelle Pietzak (one of the foremost experts on celiac disease) and Cynthia Rudert, R.D., of Gluten Intolerance Group -- again, one of the foremost experts. Danna doesn't make this stuff up. She's been doing research for 15 years, and has more knowledge than most medical professionals -- and I AM a medical professional. I think it's irresponsible and downright vicious for someone to make such a hasty and mean-spirited post that may prevent others from enjoying the wealth of inspiration and information. The entire essence of the book is about an optimistic approach, and the book is more well-researched and well-supported than any other out there....more info
  • Very Satisfied
    As someone who has been recently diagnosed with celiac disease, I found this book to be very helpful. It is easy to read, humorous, and very informative. I highly recommend this book....more info
  • Great information
    Covers so much it's a bit mind boggling but overall it is a great reference for one who needs to learn about living gluten-free....more info
  • Great
    This book is very informative for all. I've had Celiac Disease for 3 years and I still learned new things from this book. I highly recommend it to anyone who needs to know everything they can about this Disease....more info
  • Living Gluten-Free With Pizzaz!
    This author let's her peppy, upbeat personality shine through as she shares important information for people living a gluten-free lifestyle. Leave it to Danna to make the gluten-free diet not only easy to understand but also one that can be enjoyed. I love how a "Cheat Sheet" is provided that can be cut out and taken to the store, restaurant, and other places people may have food choices to make. There are also plenty of delicious, easy-to-follow recipes. I highly recommend this book, and if she's in your area, I recommend you hear her speak. She's awesome!...more info
  • Informative and excellent resource
    This was such a good book that I read it twice. I am considering the cookbook by the author that just came out. She really knows her stuff!! I was so impressed by her expertise.

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  • Very informative
    This book helped unravel the mysteries of gluten allergies vs. intolerance vs. celiac's disease for me. It was written in a clear concise manner that made things easy to understand. I haven't read it from cover to cover yet, but so far so good....more info
  • Misinformation in book early on leads me to return book to Amazon
    I have not read the whole book, early on the author boldly proclaims "there is no such thing as a gluten allergy." I was recently diagnosed with full blown IgE ALLERGY to gluten (as well as IgE to wheat, rye, oats, and barley). Coming across Danna Korn's incorrect information right at the beginning of the book really turned me much of the rest of the book is inaccurate? I just couldn't get past it, and am returning the book to Amazon immediately as "performing below expectations." I should have noticed that Ms. Korn was not an MD, esp. not an allergist, but also it appears that her medical consultants were celiac specialist, not allergists either. From where does her allergy information come? She also states that the spectrum of severity runs all the way from allergic responses (she presents them as least important or severe) to sensitivity (which she places in the middle of the spectrum) to celiac (the most severe -- it is!). My allergists have placed sensitivity below allergy, and they are MDs. My allergic symptoms are VERY severe. Because of such a sweeping claim about IgE allergies that is utterly false being included in a book that I thought was recommended reading, I will never purchase another one of the "Dummies" series, either. I'm sure she knows a great deal about celiac, but then the book should be called "Celiac Disease for Dummies," not "Gluten-Free for Dummies." I am glad Amazon permits return of books that are unsatisfactory, I am a bit annoyed that I have to pay the shipping to send it back....more info
  • A Must-Have Resource
    I hope this book is updated as new information becomes available. The information, in easy-to-read format, empowers one to live gluten-free....more info
  • A lot happier after reading this book!
    With its simple "Dummies'" approach this book has definitely improved my outlook on being gluten intolerant. Fortunately this is the first "gluten-free" book I got my hands on. I'm glad I paid the overnight shipping because this book ended a lot of agony for me. "What am I going to eat!?" I've been gluten-free for 2 weeks now and the results are amazing. It's been a long time since I've been pain free (my symptoms are arthritic in nature). This book has helped me become optomistic about being able to stay gluten-free for the long-haul and still enjoy food....more info
  • great book
    this book has a lot of good info in it with a lot of great recipes....more info
  • OK
    When I found out I had Celiac Disease, this was the first book I came across and I just wasn't impressed. The Cheat Sheet in front of the book was the most helpful and I still have to check out some of the recipies. But all in all, I didn't get much out of it....more info
    As a long time fan of Danna Korn, I have eagerly read her websites, watched her on TV and ordered her books on Amazon as soon as they came in. She once again delivers an excellent resource for those of us who cannot eat gluten. She hands us that information in a style that we can relate to, easily understand and sometimes even laugh with. I will recommend this book to my local hospital dietician. When I visited this dietician for advice, she actually gave me my money back because, thanks to Danna, I told her more about the GF lifestyle than she told me! ...more info
  • The Silver Platter for Living Gluten-Free
    I am very impressed with "Living Gluten-Free for Dummies". It covers much of the information a newly diagnosed celiac should know and also has information for "long time" celiacs. The format is inviting, the "Technical Stuff" is informative, the icons are handy, the recipes are practical and useful, and the index is all inclusive. I plan to recommend that anyone needing to go on a gluten-free diet buy this book. It has been my experience that people wanting information about living gluten-free want this information on a silver platter; this book, in my opinion, is that silver platter.
    I like the positive attitude presented in this book; many people meet the diet with a "doom and gloom" attitude; this is not the case of Danna Korn who is positive and practical in her approach. ...more info
  • Excellent Resource
    This is the most comprehensive yet down-to-earth resource for those of us with celiac disease who must live gluten-free. I've read several books that give me medical terms that are useful I'm sure but fail to cover the basics of day-to-day living. This one does just that plus it has recipes and lots of web sites to explore. I would call this the "Bible" for gluten free living....more info
  • good read
    Out of the books I have read recently concerning Celiac Disease, this is the one I chose to buy. It has the most day-to-day usable information -- a great "go-to" book, and very enjoyable to read. Some tasty recipes ideas too....more info
  • Easy read, packed with practical information
    Living Gluten-Free For Dummies by Danna Korn is a super-practical and comprehensive guide to living gluten-free.

    Korn explains why everyone, not just those with Celiac Disease, would benefit from a gluten free lifestyle. But more importantly she describes HOW to live gluten free--she gives practical advice for grocery shopping (there are TONS of foods that are naturally gluten-free) and how to dine out safely.

    Best of all, her approach is one of positivity. It is easy to go gluten-free, and this is a fantastic guide to get you started living healthier!
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  • Simple to Read- Full of Good Info
    This is a fantastic resource. It is easy to read, humurous and chock full of important information regarding the hows and whys of adopting a gluten free diet. The book is well organized which also makes it easy to use as a quick reference....more info
  • Best book out there!
    Wonderfull! This is the best book out there, I bought many but this one was by far the best! My daughter was only 10 months old when diagnosed. Initially I thought, it wouold be pretty easy to avoid gluten, oh well it's not and I got a bit overwhelmed I still sometimes do! It's hidden in labels such as "natural flavoring" or "coloring" ect. , who knew Soysauce is highly glutenous and while Malt is very glutenous, Maltodextrin on the other hand is not! She wrote the book so easy to read, with lots of little laugh-teasers in it and so you can start in any chapter you want. She herself is a Celiac and has been through all the trials and errors we have been through and or are going through! She helped in every aspect of learning the glutenfree diet and how to live with this, including explaining the desease or diet to people and so on! There is nothing NOT covered!

    There is only ONE thing in the book I do disagree totally and that is, that you could use one toaster for both breads, glutenous and non glutenous, you'd just have to carefully whipe the grits inside! Besides risking a new hair-do if you forget to unplugg the toaster first you could never just wipe the gluten off the griss it's that sticky! Since things get hot in there there is no way you can get all of the gluten out and since traces even make the Celiacs sick, my daughter inlcuded, I don't think this is save. I recommend to get a toaster with 4 slots.

    I separated the toaster with a big black permanent marker, marked on top several times around the two to-be glutenfree slots including a fat middle-line, as well as the pushbutton and the front. In those four-sloters you can take out the crumble-drawers individually one for two at a time, it is perfectly save to use one toaster for both breads. You just have to pay attention that you do not put glutenous bread in to the glutenfree slots, I had never a problem with it and even though we use both sides everyday, my daughter never had a issue with cross-contamination ever and you don't have to have two toasters!

    Good luck, being gluten-sensitive or Celiac sucks, but once you got the hang of the diet (which in average takes about a year until you know ALL the traps and tricks and what not)- it's a lifestyle and becomes easy. I'm on my way there, but still have a bit to go! In either case, I'm the proud parent of a little celiac!

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  • My new food Bible
    Very easy to read. Full of factual information and resources. I purchased a copy of this book for a friend that has MS and another copy for an elderly gentleman who was recently diagnosed with celiac disease. Both found helpful information they could use. ...more info
  • Another wonderful book from Danna
    Danna has a way with talking about living gluten free. Too many books are written by people who don't have first hand experience with what they are writing about. Danna knows!
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  • Excellent GF Book
    I have been Celiac for years now and this book is one of the better ones that covers everything from practical living with Celiacs to enough of the science behind celiacs and eating in general. I highly recommend it of all the GF books I have read. ...more info
  • Packed with info!
    Easy read with tons of useful information. Very accessible for quick referrence....more info
  • Paisano's for GF dining
    On page 276 the author teases us with a description of a freshly baked GF pizza, home-brewed GF beer, and freshly baked GF dessert. I don't know about the home-brewed GF beer, though I'm sure they have GF beer, the restaurant is Paisano's in Albuquerque, NM. GF Pasta, GF pizza, you name it, they have it...and it's great!...more info
  • Very Helpful Book
    When told I couldn't have gluten anymore- I didn't know where to begin. This book was great! It helps let you know where there may be gluten hidden and gives great recipes too!...more info
  • Great introduction to the GF diet for the newly diagnosed
    This book is extremely helpful to the newly diagnosed. It explains the gluten-free diet in simple terms and gives helpful recommendations. It is also a good resource for family members. ...more info
  • Living Gluten-Free for Dummies
    Living Gluten-Free for Dummies is a foundation book which imparts important information with humor...something a Celiac needs.

    The inital impact of the diagnosis is overwhelming. LGFFD's provides the right now information the "new" Celiac needs.

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  • 5 Stars is not Enough
    My 19 year old daughter was diagnosed as gluten intolerant and we started a search for information. I found this book on and I was amazed at the fantastic reviews. They are well deserved. My daughter could not put the book down. Most books on the subject are either medical books or nutritional guides. This is an entertaining read which is FULL of useful info such as how to snack at a party. I have spoken with the author Danna Korn and she is very knowledgeable and willing to help. Do not assume a "Dummies" book is too simple. It makes a complicated medical condition simple to understand....more info


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