5. Gather information.
Learn everything you can about the gluten-free diet. This will involve time and effort and eventually it will mean sifting through conflicting information to try to separate the accurate information from material that is inaccurate or unfounded. Naturally we recommend Gluten-Free Living. It is the best source of reliable information currently available. If you don’t find that to be true, we will gladly refund your subscription price. You can subscribe to our magazine here.
Be especially cautious online. Anyone who has a computer can become an instant expert. This is true in any area and you just need to be skeptical. That said, the Internet can be an excellent starting point for your information search. Our website is reliable and informative.
You might also want to purchase a basic book on celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. We recommend Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic by Peter HR Green, MD and Rory Jones. This book clearly and comprehensively covers all the basic medical and other information you need to know to live a happy, healthy gluten-free life.
6. Buy a cookbook.
Buy at least one specifically gluten-free cookbook. It will offer recipes that are exclusively gluten free. But it will also provide basic details about the peculiarities of gluten-free cooking and baking. There are no many to choose from. Anything by Carol Fenster, Bette Hagman or Connie Sarros is sure to be good. But there are plenty of other authors to choose from.
Meanwhile, do not throw out the cookbooks you now have. As you become more and more informed, you’ll be better able to tell if a given recipe is safe and even to know what substitutions you will need to make to convert a recipe to gluten free.