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The Gluten Connection - Shari Lieberman

This book was alright.

I enjoyed the links that the book made between gluten consumption and a huge list of diseases and symptoms. These authors know that you don’t have to be “celiac” to have symptoms caused by gluten, and I appreciated that thorough explanation through the book (ie, some prevalence of celiac is found in _% of people with x disease, the authors always point out that the percentage will actually be much higher if we define the gluten problem beyond celiac).

The book has quite a good overview of the problem, and a great amount of research to back it up. BUT! One of the most annoying things in health book is when they’re half full of recipes. I understand some people think they’re getting more value by including recipes, but I always feel like I’ve been tricked into buying the book, because the non-recipe part is only about half of the book.

Many, many health books only reach a proper “full” length by including recipes, and I feel ripped off. In my opinion, recipes should be in a cookbook. Including recipes in a regular book doesn’t come close to a proper cookbook, and takes away from the actual information I bought the book for.

(One reason this annoys me is because we published our own gluten free cookbook - Dr. Wallach’s Cooking Without the Bad Foods - and I am simply not looking for recipes. If I want recipes I’ll buy a cookbook.)

This book was decent, but I still prefer Wheat Belly (Davis) and Grain Brain (Perlmutter). Those books both also have recipe sections, but are both more complete books overall in my opinion.

I still recommend this book if you can pick it up cheap. But if you want a great overview of the subject I’d pick one of the two books above instead.