20’s I studied ayurvedic cooking. When my son and I
were diagnosed with celiac
disease, this three-year study came in
handy. Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune disorder triggered by eating
gluten. Out of necessity my cooking took on an entirely new dimension as we both
went on a gluten-free, grain-free diet.
Unwilling to cook two separate
meals each night for my family, I needed to make gluten-free food that tasted
like regular food. Would I be able to do this well enough to convince my
husband to come home for dinner?
I threw myself into this culinary challenge and my
husband, a tough critic, held nothing back. With much trial and many errors, I
developed a gluten-free repertoire that tastes delicious. Friends and family
now ask for my recipes, even those who are not on restricted diets!
While my cooking
might not be complex, I appreciate that my food brings people together
–those who eat regular food and those who can’t –to break
bread in the warmth of my kitchen. I love to make food that is not only good
for you, but actually tastes good. This has become a passion for me.
This passion has recently led me
from blog to book with the publication of The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook. My cookbook,
published by Random House (July 2009), features over 100 gluten-free
“For many people, normal food becomes
off-limits when they find they have an allergy or condition, such as celiac
disease. To wrestle new limitations into foods that are every bit as delicious
and appealing (if not more so) is a coup to be celebrated. Having tried the
chocolate chip cookies, I speak from experience when I say there is nothing
lacking in these recipes. They are truly wholesome and delicious!”
—Deborah Madison, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
“Elana has a tremendous gift for creating
classic recipes using healthy ingredients. Her high-protein, gluten-free treats
are incredibly tasty! I highly recommend this book if you are looking for good
food that is also good for you.” —Dr. Robert Rountree,
SmartMedicine for a Healthier Child.