Gluten Free Around the World Cookbook Review & Giveaway

        I remember the day when I first learned about Child#3’s multiple food allergies.   We were at the Pediatric Gastroenterologist’s office.  He was so surprised that my son never showed any hives in spite of the high numbers of the results.

        Since he didn’t want to make any drastic testings until the effects of food allergies are ruled out, he told me to remove all the food that my son is allergic to in our family’s diet for at least two weeks or until he’s seen by an Allergist.  At that time, he’s allergens are wheat, dairy, egg, soy, nuts and peanuts.  

        “Are you kidding me?  What will my family eat? ”  I’m sure I was not the first one to uttered those lines because he remained calm after my quite violent reaction.  He then asked me, “You are Asian right? (Is it obvious?) “I assume you were raised eating Asian food. Am I right?”, he continued. After replying with two yeses, he smiled and said, “Good! Well, you can eat rice and stew.  I’m sure you know at least three kinds.”   


           It was a light bulb moment for me.  For someone who’s a self proclaimed food enthusiast, I’m fully aware that there are many Ethnic cuisines which traditionally don’t require my son’s allergens as an ingredient. That’s when I started sharing about Child#3’s dietary restrictions and asking for traditional recipes from my friends.  

        Then last year,  I came across Chef Aviva’s new cookbook, Gluten Free Around the World
. Though the availability of gluten free recipe books has gone a long way since my children were diagnosed, Chef Aviva’s cookbook made me really excited.  
        With over 100 traditional gluten free recipe from countries like France, India, Italy, Ecuador, Morocco, Cambodia and more,Gluten Free Around the World
is the ultimate buffet feast.  More than just a recipe compilation, this hard bound book is filled with beautiful non food pictures that show each country’s unique culture.  Chef Aviva definitely did a great job “scrapbooking” her travels and giving us the ideas on how we can taste the food she had – gluten free of course.

          Another thing I liked about this cookbook is that the recipes are easy to make. It doesn’t require hard to find ingredients too.  Though there are some recipes that contain my children’s other allergens, I can easily use a substitute for it with good results.  Some of my favorites are Moroccan Chicken, Layered Ratatouille and Sweet Potato Leek Soup.  

        Getting jealous?  Don’t be.  I’ve talked to Chef Aviva about you and she generously agreed to give a copy of the Gluten Free Around the World Cookbook to three (3) of my dear friends residing here in the US.  (Sorry Canada and other international readers. I’m working on something for you soon.)   

          There’s no need to purchase anything. Just look at the Rafflecopter box below to see how you’ll be able to get entries.  This giveaway starts today and will end on Feb. 24, 2015 11:59 pm EST. 
           Good luck! 


(Note:  I received a free copy of the book from the author for this review.  Also, this post contains affiliate links.  Please see my full disclosure here. )

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