Food Intolerance Management Plan
Dr. Sue Shepherd and Dr. Peter Gibson
Viking Books (A$35.00)
Lucky you, if you live in Australia. You can purchase this groundbreaking book without paying international postage.
Lucky you, no matter where you live. Twenty dollars for international postage is a small price to pay, to hold in your hands THE BOOK by THE RESEARCHERS who developed the Low-FODMAP Diet … if you can find a copy.
This sumptuously (and scrumptiously) illustrated book explains the theory behind the Low-FODMAP diet, which originated in Dr. Shepherd’s gastrointestinal research. Besides explaining how and why some of us develop the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, she explains the diet in detail: how the GI tract works, how to implement the diet and put it into practice, how to plan your first week of menus, and how to stay with it—including chapters on eating out and traveling. My two nemeses.
There are 80 recipes—everything from salads to desserts—and an appendix explaining flours and baking ingredients, plus suggesting further resources.
U.S. readers will require a bit of translation help: What she calls “corn flour” we would call “cornstarch,” and lucky me (er … not this time), I can’t eat corn products, so I need to substitute potato, arrowroot, or tapioca starch in quite a few recipes. That doesn’t mean I won’t try them! Recipes are beautifully presented and easy to follow, with a perfect touch of Aussie ambience. For instance, where else are you going to find a recipe for “Stir-fried kangaroo with chilli and coriander”? For those of us who can’t find kangaroo, there are lots of other possibilities: Lemon oregano chicken legs, Mixed potato salad with bacon and herb dressing, Mocha mud cake and Golden syrup puddings are among them. Mark O’Meara’s food photography is enough to make me want to drop everything else and COOK.
Dr. Shepherd and Dr. Gibson, we who are about to stop suffering salute you!
But wait—this deserves a fanfare—what looks like a U.S. edition of The Low FODMAP Diet by the same authors is scheduled for August 2013 release. I’m pre-ordering my copy today!