When it comes to wheat and dairy free dining and living, these are the most referenced books on my shelf. I don't necessarily live or cook entirely according to any one of these. I have learned a great deal from each of these resources, and still have a great more to learn. For now and with what I have gleaned, I look for the best possible balance that I can maintain while working to improve our diet one bite at a time. These are the titles that I feel are worthy of sharing with others who are doing the same.
Cooking for Isaiah, Silvana Nardone
This is the first cookbook that I recommend to anyone converting from a wheat/dairy-full diet to a free diet. This cookbook uses ingredients that are usually easily found at local grocery stores. And the recipes? They are amazing! I prefer her chocolate chip cookie recipe to most glutinous, butter laden cookies! This book is an easy (yes, I did say EASY)first step into eating "free"!
Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon
I often refer to this book as my "food textbook." Want to understand about why I am not scared of saturated fats? What in the world does it mean to soak grains?! Did you say raw milk? Beet Kvass?? Read this book. Sally clearly and in-depth explains about the nourishing qualities of real food. She brings the wisdom that the ancients had about wise food choices to modern day understanding and preparation techniques. Jam-packed with information and recipes, this book is an amazing resource.
Breaking the Vicious Cycle, Intestinal Health through Diet, Elaine Gottschall, B.A., MSc.
This book opened my eyes to what happens in the gut. Written so that the layman can understand the science of it all, Elaine Gottshall clearly outlines the relation between food and several health disorders. She introduces the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD Diet) and offers several recipes in the back of the book. While I have not personally implemented the SCD diet, I learned so much about the relationship and workings between food and the gut that it has had impact on the food choices I make on our menu.
Gut and Psychology Syndrome, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, MMedSci(neurology), MMedSci(nutrition)
The Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet. As stated on the back cover, "She believes that the link between physical and mental health, the food and drink that we take, and the condition of our digestive system is absolute, and the results of her work have supported her position on this subject." Another phenomenal resource in the area of healing your gut to heal your body. There is also an official GAPS cookbook called Internal Bliss. For following the GAPS diet, it is also very good!
The Life Change Cookbook, Beverly Thornhill Hunt, Virginia Hunt O'Brien
This cookbook is full of wonderful and tasteful recipes to maintain an anti-fungal diet.