For people diagnosed with Celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis and gluten intolerance, a gluten-free diet means strictly avoiding foods and drinks that contain wheat, barley and rye and any other food that might be cross-contaminated with gluten during processing.
Teri's focus is to bring better nutritional balance to gluten-free diets. She is concerned that lots of people may be swapping a gluten junk food diet for a gluten-free junk food diet.
Teri's family of foodies include her husband, the author of a non-profit wetlands habitat conservation cookbook, her oldest son is a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute and is cooking in New York City and her youngest son, an accomplished Asian-inspired home cook. They are her biggest gluten-free food critics.
Teri was diagnosed with gluten intolerance after decades of symptoms that culminated in malabsorption syndrome. She was elated to finally understand her health issues and turned her love of baking artisan breads and pizzas into learning how to cook gluten-free.
This gluten-free home cook emphasizes that eating gluten-free isn't all about eating gluten-free cookies, cake and bread. Getting healthy ultimately is about arriving at a healthy diet, complete with an abundance of healthy vegetables, fats and protein.
Teri has written numerous health and nutrition articles and was a founding member and moderator of nutritioncircle.org, a nutrition forum for healthcare professionals and students.
Teri holds a Masters Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, CT.
From Teri Gruss, MS:
My goal as the About.com Guide to Gluten-Free Cooking is to help readers adapt to a gluten-free diet with reliable information, lots of resources and appealing gluten-free recipes that will bring you better health. I want your transition to gluten-free cooking to be informed and enjoyable- not traumatic.
If you're a fledgling novice, you will find lots of gluten-free basics and easy recipes to help you get started. If you're an experienced gluten-free cook, looking for the out-of-ordinary, you will find a collection of new recipes, improved techniques, product reviews and lots of resources.
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