The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide Review
The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide Author: Triumph Dining Publisher: New Year Publishing Pages : 472 Genre: Reference/Guide Published Date: 5th Edition (2012) Price: $24.95 About The Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide & Triumph Dining The guide covers over 44,000 products from hundreds of different brands. The products listed are likely to be found in typical American grocery stores like Walmart, Meijer, Safeway and others. They include brand names, as well as private labels brands from many of the larger grocery chains. The color coded system makes planning and finding your favorite foods a snap. In 2004, the original founders were living in a new city — Philadelphia — and found that avoiding social opportunities with food was not an effective way to make friends. And he was overwhelmed by how challenging it was to find restaurants to take his fiancée (now wife) where he could actually order something gluten-free.Then his wife had a brilliant idea: “Let’s make dining cards to teach restaurants how to prepare gluten free foods!”Together, the couple visited kitchen restaurants, interviewed chefs, read product labels, and studied dozens of cookbooks. They built lists of foods they could both eat, foods to avoid, and the likely pitfalls they might encounter at restaurants. Eventually, they turned these lists into thorough and foolproof instructions, and enlisted translators – three translators per card, actually – to ready them for ethnic restaurants. The first time they used the dining cards, they were really just guinea pigs, so you can imagine how glad he was when they actually worked. He used them in dozens of restaurants across Philadelphia, enjoying corn tortillas at a Mexican greasy spoon — where nobody spoke English — and even eating Indian food — now one of his favorite cuisines — for the very first time. Triumph’s first customers found success with the cards, too. In fact, most of the sales came from word-of-mouth referrals. The response was incredible!
My Thoughts on the book:
This book takes all the guess work out of gluten free shopping. Whether you are making the change due to healthy reasons or an allergen problem, or simply choosing to use certain products for a healthier lifestyle this is the guide for you. Looking through this guide I don’t think they have missed anything and the best part is the book is constantly updated so they are always improving and adding more products and brands to help making grocery shopping a breeze. The book is broken up into categories including dairy & eggs, beverages, baking aisle, canned & prepackaged foods, bread, cereal, pasta, condiments, snacks, baby formula & food, meat, and frozen foods. The symbols summary makes is a breeze to determine what products are from GF lines or facilities where there is no chance of cross-contamination, if gluten testing is performed or if a product is made with gluten free products but there is a possibility for cross-contamination. It even has photos of gluten free products and brands for even better shopping. If you or someone you know is living or planning on living a gluten-free lifestyle then this is a must have. You can order the book directly from Triumph Dining. While on their site check out some of their other products; The Gluten Free Restaurant Guide, Gluten Free Baking Guide and their dining cards.
Disclosure: I was provided The Essential Gluten Free Grocery Guide for review from New Year Publishing, I was under no obligation to provide a review and any opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in any way.