Book Review and Give-away: Living Gluten-Free for Dummies - Celiac Disease
Jul 30 2010

Book Review and Give-away: Living Gluten-Free for Dummies

Earlier this year, I reviewed the first edition of Danna Korn’s book Living Gluten-Free For Dummies. It’s hard to believe that the 2nd edition of the book could actually be better than the first, but it actually is indeed! For those who are not familiar with Danna’s work, she has written several books about living gluten-free and founded R.O.C.K. (Raising our Gluten-Free Kids)  – a national support group. Almost twenty years ago when Danna’s toddler was diagnosed with celiac, she went to the grocery store to find gluten-free foods. After reading tons of product labels – none labeled gluten-free at the time, she left the store with a cart full of Fritos brand corn chips.

In all of Danna’s books, she instantly connects with her readers and makes them understand that the gluten-free lifestyle can be both fun and delicious. Her excitement about gluten-free living can be quite inspirational – even to the most jaded gluten-free consumer. It’s simply hard not to see things from a more positive perspective once you read any of Danna’s great books about living a very full life without gluten. As hard as it is to believe, the second edition of Living Gluten-Free for Dummies might be the most inspirational book she’s written yet!

The renowned celiac expert Allesio Fasano, MD, who heads up the Celiac Center at the University of Maryland, wrote the forward to Danna’s book. The most interesting part of the forward to me was the statement “for every celiac patient, five to seven patients are affected by gluten sensitivity” . It’s estimated that 3 million people in the U.S. have celiac (and less than 90% of people with it know they have it) so that means if there are only 5 people for every person with celiac, that’s an additional 15 million people with gluten intolerance. Add that to the 3 million with celiac and you have 18 million people in the U.S. who can’t tolerate gluten well. On the high end of the estimate – 7 for every 1 – and you have 24 million people affected.  Any way you slice it, many more people are following the gluten-free diet without a celiac diagnosis than those with one.  The fact that we’re tripping left and right over new gluten-free products flooding the market makes more sense every day.

Danna Korn and I actually have something in common besides the fact that we both genuinely enjoy the gluten-free lifestyle. We both like making up words, though she’s more creative at it than I am. She also isn’t crazy about following recipes to a ‘t’ and I can relate to that as well. Don’t worry, she does give specifics in the recipes in her books, but that’s just because her publisher requires her to. Danna likes to be creative when she’s making gluten-free meals and loves using ingredients she has hand to put together delicious dishes without doing a ton of work in the kitchen. That is my kind of cooking – no doubt. Her latest book covers everything from gluten-free snacks to breakfasts to dinners to desserts – and much, much more!

Like she does in the first edition of Living Gluten-Free For Dummies, Danna explains the basics of the gluten-free diet. Safe grains are covered and so are some gluten-free myths. One of the most helpful and relatable sections in the book is Part IV: Living – and Loving – the Gluten-Free Lifestyle 24/7. There you’ll find chapters about traveling, dining out and managing your social life while avoiding gluten. If you’re raising gluten-free kids, Danna’s chapter called “Raising Happy, Healthy, Gluten-Free Kids” will leave you feeling that you’re not only going to survive, but thrive while doing just that. Additionally, Danna speaks to the emotional aspects of having celiac or gluten intolerance. Living Gluten-Free For Dummies is a book I highly recommend to those that are just beginning their gluten-free journey or anyone who is struggling with the gluten-free lifestyle. It’s also great for anyone who enjoys an informative, yet fun read about living the gluten-free lifestyle to the fullest.

No matter which of those categories you fit info, you are eligible to win a copy of Danna’s newest book. Leave any comment below for your chance to win. The shipping address must be in one of the lower 48 U.S. states and the deadline to enter is Thursday, August 5th. One random winner will be posted here on Friday, August 6th. Good luck!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Denise Smick who won the book!

*Special thanks to the publisher of Living Gluten-Free For Dummies (2nd Edition), Wiley, for sponsoring this great give-away for our readers!

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Kyle Eslick is the founder of Gluten Free Media, as well as the creator of the popular Celiac Support Groups page. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and now Google+!


  1. Lynn Hobbs says:

    Just found out my husband has to live gluten free so this book would be a great help!

  2. Kathleen says:

    I need this for my family so they can understand what they can and can’t have or do. Such as why we can’t use the same jams, peanut butters etc.

  3. Amber Forrester says:

    I’ve been living GF for three years. Any new books and information on food is always a blessing. I find if I’m not creative , I get bored very quickly.

  4. Debi says:

    I never thought to look for a book like this when I went gluten-free in March. I know I’m pretty well armed with what I know, but I also know there is so much more to learn! THANK YOU!

  5. Joyce Staker says:

    I’ve read Danna’s first “Dummies” book and it was wonderful! It’s what got me through the first 6 months after my celiac diagnosis. I called it my “Celiac Bible”. I’d love to have the 2nd edition.

  6. Cathy J. Fox says:

    Trying to grasp all the information, which is confusing at times. Would love to win this book, as it seems like it was probably written for me. Just starting my gluten free journey and need all the basics in simple language.

  7. Karol says:

    I had no idea a GF for Dummies book even existed. I have been GF for almost 6 months now and would love to know more and find some new ideas for foods…I’ve gotten a bit stuck in a food rut. Thanks for the great contest.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    My daughter and I both used the first edition extensively. Second daughter is about to undergo endoscopy to find out . . . could use the 2nd edition to help her in this GF life!

  9. Pj says:

    living gluten free may not be a choice but when faced with a diagnosis of celiac it is the only choice . As we brave the trials of everyday living gluten free our most important issues are what to eat, from the time we wake up until our day is done. I personally can think of other things i would rather obsess about. The simplicity of these books gives us hope and insight to help us get through our days a little easier and maybe a little more educated about something that somedays just doesn’t make any sense. To everyone suffering, be well.

  10. Kathleen Connors says:

    I’ve checked the first edition of this book out from the library, and it was great, but the “hold” line is always really long on it, and it would be GREAT to actually own the newer version as a reference (instead of trying to get my hands on it all the time at the library!)

  11. Holly says:

    This is a fantastic resource. I highly recmmend it! I’d love to have a second copy that I could loan out to friends and family.

  12. Vickie Ramsey says:

    Would love to win this book and start a library for our support group at ETCH Celi-ACT, Chapter #120, Knoxville, TN. Thanks for all your hard work.

  13. Cindy says:

    Think I pretty well have it down now, but my nephew was recently diagnosed and he could use some help. I’d pass this book on to him as a source of encouragement!

  14. Daniela says:

    I’m pretty new to the gluten-free life style and still learning. I must say I started to enjoy it even though I refused it at first. I realized that it gives me the freedom to eat what is good for me rather than being addicted to what is harmful for me. Would love to read this book.

  15. Kristen W says:

    I am only 21 and have been struggling with gluten intolerance for about 4 months. I am waiting to see a stomach doctor to be tested for Celiac. I have had such a hard time trying to learn about a healthy gluten-free diet and would truly benefit from any additional information, especially this book!

  16. cheryl says:

    I’d love to have this in my office. Thanks!

  17. Colleen M says:

    I would love to have this great resource as I have been GF for several months and have so much more to learn.

  18. LV says:

    Would love to check out the latest edition of this book! So many things have changed in the past few years.

  19. Denise Smick says:

    I have been diagnosed for four years and still find it hard to “modify” recipes successfully. i baked almost everything from scratch before being diagnosed.


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