Bacon Burgers, Grain-Free Onion
Rings and Ranch Kale Chips from
“Should You Go Paleo?” (Get the
recipes, page 47). Photograph by
Stephen Scott Gross. Food styling
by Joyce Sangirardi.
LIVING AND LEARNING
Back when I was a bakery owner and Italian food
writer, I never would have thought in a million years I’d
be cooking gluten-free for my family — let alone people
everywhere. It all started with a casual conversation
with my friend Doe about Isaiah’s diagnosis and how
I had to rethink most of the recipes in my repertoire.
She suggested that I write a gluten-free, dairy-free
cookbook. “You know,” she said, “you could really help
a lot of people with your recipes.” That’s all it took, and
my life has been full of surprises ever since. That was
five years ago.
Since then so much has changed, not just for me,
but within the gluten-free community. What I’ve found
most compelling goes beyond my kitchen. So many
people have written me about other dietary issues they
have. Each one of us has such individual needs: Some
also need to be dairy-free, refined sugar-free, grain-free
and so much more, which has led me to the Paleo diet,
a lifestyle free from all of these foods.
The possible health benefits of following the Paleo
diet include increased energy, reduced inflammation
and improved sleep. To learn the basics, we went
straight to the source—Robb Wolf, bestselling author
of The Paleo Solution. Plus, we gathered more than
a month’s worth of recipes from bloggers across the
country so you can see for yourself if the Paleo diet
is right for your body. As for me, I’ve always been a
big believer in eating whatever makes you feel good.
Sometimes, just slowing down and listening to our
bodies can be just what we need.
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