Call me Ishmael. Well, I had to steal a good opening line from somewhere. My name is Annette Novak and I have worked as an Adjunct Professor of English and American Literature on Long Island, NY as well as an editor. Eight years ago I was diagnosed and now I am a careful gluten-free eater, calling manufacturers and wary of cross-contamination.
But I love eating with everyone and celiac disease makes that difficult at times. So I try to make my recipes as delicious as possible so everyone will eat and savor them—and then tell me how good gluten-free eating is. For those gluten eaters who think they eat better than me—ha, nice try. You don’t. Come join me.
As the gluten intolerant and celiacs know, it is exhausting calling manufacturers, compiling a list of safe products and finding them in stock while triple checking everything you consume or put on your body every day, forever and ever and ever. During one particular such phone call I was put on hold five times, hung up on three times only to discover the product was not gluten-free. Oh, that’s where the subversive humor comes out.
I remember as a child running carefree through my grandmother’s garden, sloppily pulling at the branches of raspberry bushes and swallowing them as quickly as possible, getting only minimal dirt in my mouth. Now I sit–on hold. The sarcastic slant begins…
This is why I don’t care much for processed food. One problem I noticed with healthy or gluten-free food blogs is that the amount of baked cakes, muffins and bread recipes is astounding. I have occasional baked goods, but I generally don’t think this way of eating is healthy. I try to focus on delicious, refreshing, replenishing foods that pack the most nutrition. My recipes avoid processed foods as much as possible and favor local and organic. They are soy-free and many are vegan, vegetarian, raw or partially raw.
Despite labeling my own blog as celiac, I generally despise labels. Vegan, vegetarian, gluten intolerant, meat eater– these labels divide how we see each other and how we see food. Why can’t we all just eat together and just enjoy food? I know eating is ultimately political, but can’t we respect each other and break gluten-free bread? Is it possible to make a completely gluten-free meal and for non-celiacs to love it? Absolutely. Is it wrong to eat vegan one day and have turkey the next? I don’t think so.
I love to cross boundaries with my food, whether cultural or breaking from labels, so I have a sampling of all kinds of recipes for everyone. I hope you enjoy them with someone you love.