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Monday, March 25, 2013

Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Living - If a Frenchman can do it, SO can you!

Little did Chef Alain Braux realize that when he asked if I would be interested in reviewing his book "Living Gluten and Dairy Free with French Gourmet Food", that he would be tapping into one of my first all time passions. Anything French. 

Living Gluten and  Dairy Free - Review from Smart Allergy~Friendly Education

Much of my time in the beginning of my flight attendant career was spent with my extended family who, at the time, lived in Paris. Countless hours were spent with my relatives speaking only French and immersing myself in their language, culture and cuisine. Meals without cheese and baguettes? It's bad enough to live dairy-free. But gluten-free too?  

WHAT A WONDERFUL READ. As a mom who helps our family manage 6 of the top 8 food allergens, wheat/gluten NOT being one of them, I fully understand the challenges of dietary restrictions. 

Chef Alain drives home my personal belief that 'it's not that one can't eat what everyone else eats because of food allergies, it just means one eats with different ingredients'. If you have gluten and/or dairy allergies, this book could easily become one of your favorites.

"Living Gluten and Dairy Free with French Gourmet Food" is much more than a 'Practical Guide'. There are over 80 pages of recipes which are easy to follow. Breads, cookies, hors d'oeuvres, and many fantastique soupes! I can't wait to make the Ratatouille and, Tomates farcie a la viande de boeuf (Beef stuffed tomatoes), one of Tante Jacquie's specialties.

Chef Alain Braux - pic shared with Smart Allergy~Friendly Education
What surprised me most was the treasure chest of resources and information this book contains.

You will find, simply stated:
  • What is happening to your body and what is making you sick
  • Clear explanations of the differences between food intolerances and food allergies
  • Step by step instructions on cleaning up your kitchen area
  • Handling Social Activities
  • AND so much more
With a great sense of a dry, French wit and an incredibly knowledgeable background in living and eating healthy without processed foods, Chef Alain makes living gluten-free and dairy-free not only liveable, but enjoyable~

To learn more about Chef Alain and his other noteworthy books on healthy living, visit his website at

Bon appetit!  

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