For Celiac Awareness Month: Please Add to This List of Gluten-Free Blogs
October is Celiac Awareness Month in the United States, designated to encourage all types of public media to share information about celiac disease. There's no doubt that diagnosed cases of Celiac disease, sometimes called gluten intolerance, have risen dramatically in recent years, but the good news is that there's also a corresponding increase in resources for people who need to avoid gluten in their diet.
Google Health defines Celiac Disease as "an inherited, autoimmune disease in which the lining of the small intestine is damaged from eating gluten and other proteins found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats." No one knows whether the disease is really on the increase, or whether doctors are simply becoming more knowledgeable about the disease and better at accurately diagnosing it, but some reports are now saying that as many as one out of every 100 persons may have celiac.
Celiac disease is something I had only minimal awareness of when I started food blogging in early 2005, and I've watched the number of excellent blogs offering gluten-free recipes increase so that blogs about gluten-free eating are now one of the best resources for anyone seeking recipes that don't contain gluten. For Celiac Awareness Month I want to help spread the word about gluten-free food blogs, so I'm sharing links to a few gluten-free blogs I love.
Of course, I'll miss many more blogs than I'm able to mention, so I'm hoping BlogHer readers can help make this a more comprehensive list. If you have a gluten-free blog, or I miss your favorite gluten free blog, please tell us about it, and share a link to the blog in the comments. Together we can create a list that will be a great resource for forwarding to anyone who needs gluten free recipes.
(Disclaimer: The order in which blogs are mentioned here isn't any kind of ranking! I know some of these bloggers, so naturally their blogs will come to mind first. My apologies to any bloggers I know that are inadvertently left off the list, but please do add your link in the comments!)
Karina's Kitchen ~ One of the most visually appealing blogs you'll find, Karina serves up "gluten free recipes with a side of life." This blog has a long list of Gluten-Free Resources and Blogs, and sponsors a Gluten-Free Recipe Search. Karina also recently wrote a post about Gluten-Free Cooking for Simply Recipes.
Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef ~ Gluten-free girl Shauna is a former teacher turned blogger and cookbook author who now cooks and blogs about delicious food with the chef, her husband and co-author. Her Gluten-Free Links has resources for information about celiac, as well as a list of other gluten-free blogs.
Elana's Pantry ~ I enjoyed meeting blogger and cookbook author Elana when we were on a panel together recently at BlogHer Food, and her blog is "a place for organic gluten free recipes and tips for good living." Besides wonderful recipes, this blog also has a Gluten-free forum where readers share in the discussion.
A Year of Slow Cooking ~ This is a blog of slow cooker recipes, all of which happen to be gluten-free. Stephanie O'Dea started the blog with a goal of using her crockpot every day for a year, and she's since written a cookbook of gluten-free slow cooker recipes that's getting a lot of good press.
Celiac Chicks ~ Kim and Kelly are the dual force behind Celiacchicks.com, a comprehensive site they call "the guide to a hip & healthy gluten-free lifestyle. Besides recipes, this site can help with information about gluten-free restaurants, gluten-free bakeries, gluten-free products, and book reviews.
Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free ~ In the six years she's been living sugar and gluten-free, blogger Amy Green has lost sixty pounds. Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free is the blog where she shares the recipes that are helping her maintain that weight loss and stay healthy.
Book of Yum ~ This is a blog featuring "gluten-free vegetarian recipes and reviews." There's a good list of gluten-free links with information about celiac and a list of gluten-free blogs, and this blog also sponsors a monthly event called Adopt a Gluten-Free blogger where bloggers sign up to feature another gluten-free blogger on their site.
The W.H.O.L.E. Gang ~ This gluten-free blog written by Diane Eblin focuses on "Whole Healthy Organic Living Everyday." Besides recipes, she has a blogroll of gluten-free and dairy-free blogs, shares sources for gluten-free products, and is starting a list of Gluten-Free blog events.
There are many, many more excellent blogs focused on gluten-free recipes, so please help people find them by telling us about the blog in the comments if you have additions to this list.
Kalyn Denny also blogs at Kalyn's Kitchen, where she's focused on creating low-glycemic recipes using fresh ingredients. Kalyn often blogs recipes that just happen to be gluten-free, and plans to add a gluten-free recipes category so people can find things like Baked Brown Rice Tortilla Chips or Low-Sugar and Flourless Zucchini Muffins.