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Series: Going Against the Grain – Italian Style!
Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 18, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1499222432
ISBN-13: 978-1499222432
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.


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.

Author’s Bio:

unnamed-32Nuccia 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

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  12 Responses to “Going Against the Grain – Italian Style!: A Gluten-Free Life Guide and Recipe Book for Staying Healthy and Eating Amazingly! by Nuccia Ardagna”

  1. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. This cookbook sounds wonderful–even if you don’t have to stay away from gluten. I’m glad you enjoyed it, Vicki!

  2. I’m not gluten-free, but I do love Italian food.

  3. Gage is gluten free and I’m slowly finding more recipes that we can all enjoy. I’d like to go gluten free too but it’s been baby steps. I’d love to win this one.

  4. I have a niece who eats gluten-free because of a skin condition. She does not have celiac disease. I did work with a lady who they finally determined had celiac. It took a really long time to diagnose and that was the first time I had ever heard of it. This was several years ago. She felt so much better once she changed her diet and a few other things. I’ll keep this one in mind for my sister-in-law and niece. 🙂

  5. I’m not gluten free and really have no interest in making that change but my cousin has Celiac’s and having some options of tasty things to serve her would be great. This sounds like a really interesting cookbook!

  6. What a great resource for people (and families) with celiac disease! I have a friend whose daughter has it and the whole household had to go gluten-free. She said it’s been hardest on her two other children.

  7. Would be a great gift for a gluten free friend. Especially one who loves Italian cooking.

  8. I have several GF friends who would love to have this book. I’ll be gifting it if I win.

  9. I gave up gluten as part of a low Fodmap diet but thankfully discovered that I’m not allergic to it – so am grateful for that each time I eat pasta. Cheers from Carole’s Chatter!

  10. Sounds like a great resource especially for Italian food lovers who are watching their gluten. Thanks for the review!

  11. My nieces have Celiac’s, and this looks like a good book to pass on to my sister-in-law.

  12. Looks very helpful for those who need to manage celiac disease. So cool that there are still options in Italian food.

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