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No More Cakes and Ale by Sophie Newton
Sophie Newton



An original and witty yet practical guide to the gluten-free diet. For celiacs, people with other gluten-related disorders, and anyone interested in nutrition.

Credits the reader with being intelligent.
Covers not only avoidance of gluten but also balanced diet.
Includes a handy food list (the gluten roll).
Has verve and attitude.
Challenges conventional wisdom (where justifiable).
Has an international outlook, especially with regard to regulations about food labels.
Suitable for celiacs.
Is fully indexed (paperback).

Whether you’ve been gluten-free for a while but need a refresher or you’re only now going gluten-free or you shop and cook for a gluten-free person, this is for you.

Why is white gluten-free bread better than brown? How can it be that lactose intolerance in celiac disease sufferers might disappear after a while on a gluten-free diet? What's so special about selenium in the gluten-free diet? How can you order gluten-free meals in a country where you don’t speak the language? What is the difference between "may contain gluten", "may contain traces of gluten", and "produced in a factory that handles gluten"? Why are oats usually contaminated with gluten, even though they don't naturally contain it? Is it safe for a person with a gluten-related disorder to use a shampoo containing wheat? All these questions and more answered in the book.

What Our Readers Think

This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Title: No More Cakes and Ale? Dietary Intelligence for gluten-free adults and their food dudes
Author: Sophie Newton

Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 19
Editing: 9/10
Writing Style: 8/10
Content: 9/10
Cover: 10/10
Of the 19 readers:
18 would read another book by this author.
19 thought the cover was good or excellent.
18 felt it was easy to follow.
19 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
Of all the readers, 6 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘subject knowledge’.
Of all the readers, 6 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘writing style’.
Of all the readers, 7 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘clarity of message’.
17 felt the pacing was good or excellent.
19 thought the author understood the readership and what they wanted.

Readers’ Comments
‘A very informative read with a dictionary feel to it. Concisely written and well planned. I was delighted to see she had two doctors contributing to the text and she also understood how important an index is.’ Male reader, aged 42
‘At last! A gluten-free bible!’ Female reader, aged 60
‘I am gluten intolerant: I have been ever since I had twins. Before then, no problems. Anyway, I enjoyed this book immensely. It felt well-researched and attempts to help the reader to understand a little of the science behind the problem. With it’s catchy, fun title and the author’s light writing style, it’s a gem for people wanting to know what gluten is and how to avoid it.’ Female reader, aged 47
‘Everything from Japanese food to meal planning, from flatulence to balancing carbs. I have read a number of books on this topic and this is one of the best. Congrats to the author. Excellent job!’ Male reader, aged 62

To Sum It Up:
‘Well-structured, informative and with an accessible writing style, this is a gem! A FINALIST and highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

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