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Thursday, June 21, 2012

What to Eat When You Eat Out Gluten Free - A Review

Hello everyone!  I'm back.  After months of flying by the seat of my pants, writing minimally on my neglected blog, and hosting family and friends for a month at the start of the summer, I can relax.  And relaxing for me means cooking and writing.  I have a stack of recipes to post, a head full of humming thoughts and fingers itchy to type.

The first thing I want to share is:  I have recently had the pleasure of reviewing a book.*  And not just any book - a really useful restaurant guide for gluten free folks!  Making it even more useful, this is an ebook meant for smartphones, tablets and ereaders with lots of hyperlinks for easy and fast navigation to loads of information.  There are also PDF and HTML versions for your home computer if you don't happen to have a smartphone, tablet or ereader (like me). 

What to Eat Out When You Eat Out Gluten Free by TK Kenyon focuses mainly on national chain restaurants, although there is a section for local restaurants that includes a few mom-and-pop type restaurants in a few states. Although this guide focuses only on eating out gluten free, those folks with other food allergies in addition to gluten (like dairy, soy, egg, nuts, etc.) such as yours truly will find this guide to be a good starting point.  In my experience, if a restaurant has a handle on providing gluten free options for their customers, it's not hard at all to ask them to accommodate other allergies as well.**  

What to Eat Out When You Eat Out Gluten Free is jam-packed with information - including the author's own dining experiences, impressions and recommendations. There are over 60 restaurants reviewed in this book.  Restaurants with good GF selections are listed in the index first, then all restaurants reviewed are listed in alphabetical order, and then a few restaurants are listed by region.  Each restaurant name in the index links to its respective page in the book where you can read details such as whether or not a GF menu is available, how responsive and knowledgeable staff/management (and the company as a whole) are to GF requests and issues like cross contamination, a list of gluten free offerings at that particular restaurant (at the time of publishing), and menu items that might seem innocuous but that are unsafe (such as hidden gluten in beverages, condiments, etc.).  Each restaurant description also includes a link to its website if available and also a link back to the index.  The book is easy to navigate and easy to read.  As a gluten-phobe, I would recommend this book as a handy resource to help take some of the guesswork out of dining out gluten free.

What to Eat When You Eat Out Gluten Free is available to order from Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iTunes.

*Disclaimer:  I was provided with a review copy of "What to Eat Out When You Eat Out Gluten Free" at no charge.  The review above is my personal opinion and I have received no compensation to review this book.

**As always - to be safe, when planning to eat out call the restaurant ahead of time or talk to a manager when you get there about your food allergies and whether they can/will accommodate them. 


Caroline said...

Great to see you again Erin! I've missed your blog and your recipes and was happy to see a new post.

Erin said...

Thanks, Caroline. I've missed blogging too. :)