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26 September 2007

gluten-free is in the air

The Chef and I lay in the bed this morning, the cups of coffee forgotten for the moment. We were both a little teary, looking at each other in awe.

We were reading about ourselves in the newspaper.

There has been some lovely attention paid to the book lately, and it hasn't even published yet. (16 days and counting!) For goodness' sake, we were in Newsweek magazine! And the Seattle Times. But both of those arrived while we were gone, so they never quite felt real.

There's something singular about seeing your own food photographs in the newspaper, on the front page. There's something extraordinary about reading your own life story, in the hands of a most able writer. There's something infinitely wonderful about seeing a picture of you and your true love, laughing hard, in the newspaper and knowing that thousands of people will be reading it.


I am — truly — excited by this because the words gluten-free keep appearing in newspapers and magazines. If my book brings more and more mainstream awareness to this, I am utterly chuffed.

Thank you to Rebekah Denn, who wrote this piece for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. We could not have asked for a kinder, more inquisitive reporter. We were so moved.


At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Tori said...

I think your spreading the word of gluten free all over. I'm not sure if you've seen Jenny Macarthy spreading the gospel of gluten free diets in Autistic children, but she has been on every news and talk show I've flipped past in the last few weeks. I think this is finally the reckoning day of celiac disease.

I hope your book tour brings you to Portland. I'll be in line waiting to get my copy signed.

At 1:59 PM, Blogger celeste said...

what a *beautiful* article. thanks for posting the link.

At 2:24 PM, Blogger sweetpea said...

I am simply ready to burst. I can hardly wait, At least you have your copy in hand! Pray tell, when and where will your book tour take you? I am hoping for something beyond the virtual blog tour, although that sure sounds like fun!

At 2:49 PM, Anonymous nika said...

what a lovely article!

I am so glad you are enjoying it fully :-)

At 3:06 PM, Blogger nicole said...

So sweet! Congrats on the article, and on getting the gluten-free word out and recognized.

At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Stacie said...

I really want to thank you for helping me with my new way of eating..I have been lurking here for a while, and I can't wait for the book...
You both deserve all the happiness in the world...

At 4:24 PM, Blogger E! said...

I just have no words for how your writing, your life, your sharing all of it with all of us - a throng of unknown readers - makes me feel. At the risk of sounding like some crazy freakshow, I have to blurt out that I love you!!! I love reading your blog. I love that you're finally getting the recognition you deserve, for being such an outstanding specimen of homo sapiens! I love that I can come to here, online, and know that I will be able to smile about something, that some phrase or story or recipe will touch my heart or mind or funny bone...I just really, truly, think you're the best! And of course I love that I can always find a delicious recipe for my celiac son, so that he will grow up feasting on juicy roast chicken and frisee salad (and yes, that warm bacon vinaigrette & poached egg totally changed my life)and know that there is life beyond gluten! If I ever make it off the east coast & head your way, you can count on seeing me at Impromptu (and probably making a gushing ass out of myself). YES!!!

At 7:28 PM, Blogger sofia said...

Oh Shauna, how I miss your writing classes at the fine arts camp! I'm so excited for you and the Chef an your book.

Sofia Vasconi

At 8:15 PM, Blogger Pink said...

congrats, shauna! how very lovely that must feel.

At 8:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm still waiting...Have done for days! ;-)

At 9:59 PM, Anonymous Humphrey Salmon Chase said...

I feel I have come a complete circle, as they say. At first, I thought a celiac was nothing more than a insect--something like a rolly polly, a ladybug, or a grasshopper. Now, I'm wondering if I was right.

I'm dating a celiac. And she's sliced my heart to bits with her metaphorical scythe. She's given me an ultimatum. It's either wheat, or her. One of 'em's got to go, she says. She'd like to find a gluten-free guy. And if I won't fill the role, I'm toast, as it were.

I love her. Whether I love her more than wheat is another question altogether.

It started with simple questions, probing, like: "Theoretically, do you love me more than wheat?" Yes, I would always lie; how could I love some object--even an edible object--more than you, my sweet red-haired fawn?

What on earth do I do?

At 11:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my, as if I wasn't charmed enough by your blog, that article would have made me come find it! How very, very wonderful.

As with others, I found your blog for the recipes and have stayed for the stories. Thank you for sharing and exemplifying joy.


At 1:17 AM, Anonymous Lucy said...

Lovely article ...

Keep spreading the word about living gluten free - the more people we tell, the more times we explain it, the easier it will get for all of us

At 5:24 AM, Blogger Krys72599 said...

Congratulations on the forthcoming publication of your book - read it (I work at your publisher!) and it's GREAT! I've already ordered copies for several of my gluten-free friends!
The article was wonderful! You once wrote something about keeping the newlywed feeling alive - just look at that picture of the two of you! Your love and joy in each other is obvious! You should hang that one up somewhere and look at it every day!!!

At 6:01 AM, Blogger Jodi said...

I understand why you and the Chef were teary in the morning. I'm at my desk in Pennsylvania teary with you. The article is absolutely wonderful, she did a great job telling your story her way. The picture of you both is lovely as well. Laughing as always. I'm happy to have found your site, and I come back often to read your delightful words. Come on book release!!

At 6:17 AM, Blogger Kirsten said...

shauna, i've been a bit of a "lurker," but adore your blog. have read back thru to the beginning, and look forward to each new post.
what a lovely article in the the author wrote, you have brought awareness to non-celiacs like myself.
can't wait to see the book!

At 6:37 AM, Blogger Christine said...


What a fantastic article! It's weird to be proud about people you don't technically "know." But Pride is what I feel. Great job!

At 7:30 AM, Blogger Midsummer night's knitter said...

I'm not gluten-free, but I don't see why I shouldn't come to the party ;0) - your book will definitely be making it's way onto my wish-list, and it the other recipes are anything like the lemon olive oil cookies I'll be in clover.

At 7:42 AM, Anonymous Alison said...

What an amazing article. I am so happy for you. I hope your tour comes to Boston so we get to bask in your light in the chilly Northeast!

At 8:26 AM, Blogger Brianna said...

Lovely article!

At 9:08 AM, Blogger Linda Wallace said...

I came to your blog from the "P-I" article. Both very nice. I posted each link on an endometriosis chat group where celiac disease has been a topic for discussion lately. Apparently, women with endo also often have trouble with gluten intolerance. My sister-in-law, who has endo and struggled for years to have a child, was the inspiration for my romance novel featuring a heroine with endo.
Linda Wallace

At 9:36 AM, Anonymous La Niña said...

Hey Shauna-
I took the P-I down to LA with me yesterday. Judy and I are sitting in her dining room, both on our computers, on your site! We are so happy for you.. Don't drink coffee. Drink Champagne!
Love Nina and Judy...

At 10:53 AM, Blogger e.b. said...

Today in lowly Tampa of all places, there were signs at the Wild Oats for an information session on celiacs. The world really is beginning to learn - congratulations to you.

At 12:28 PM, Blogger chris said...

Congrats on the article.

Humphrey: I just have to answer this question. It is perfectly reasonable to keep gluten out of the house that you may or may not share. It is not reasonable to demand that someone give up gluten altogether, for example, when you are out. Ultimatums like that aren't fair.

At 2:03 PM, Anonymous elemenop said...

congrats-we will spread the word about your book to our customers. GF is really "in the air" lately!!! Good job!

At 10:49 PM, Blogger cyberprof said...

Shauna, I've been reading a long time but have never posted. I will be at the party on October 22nd and look forward to meeting you and getting my hands on the book!

At 2:02 PM, Blogger Shauna said...


I have seen all the Jenny McCarthy publicity. It is certainly helping anyone who has to eat gluten-free. Reckoning day? Perhaps.

And we will be in Portland! More details on that later.


Thank you. We were so blown away by it.


Me too! I'm ready to burst! I can't wait until it is out. The anticipation is killing me. I don't think we're going to Minneapolis on this round, but I hope later...


Oh, we have no other choice. Who's going to say no to this much bounty?


we are doing what we can to make life easier for all of us.


Thank you. And thank you for no longer lurking!

Oh e!

Thank you for such a lovely comment. The poached egg and warm bacon vinaigrette could change anyone's life. When you do come out here, please do come into the restaurant. I'd love to meet you.


I miss those classes too. Life has changed, so dramatically. But hopefully, there will be other writing classes in the future.


It is lovely. And a little surreal!


That honeymoon post is up there now! More to come.

Humphrey (oh my, what a name!),

Someone already answered for me. Anyone who demands you cut something out of your life that way? Well, let's just say that I educated the Chef on gluten, and how to avoid making me sick, but I never asked him to give up wheat.


Oh my dear. "...exemplifying joy." That is such a lovely thing to say.


I agree! I talked about this in the book. The more boldly and joyfully we explain to people how to take care of us, the better off we will all be!


Thank you, my dear! So few people have read the book yet. I love hearing that you enjoy it. yes! And that photograph is one of my favorites of all time. I just love looking at it.


we're both a little teary, still, just thinking it. (And being recognized on the street is so weird!) Book release in 13 days!


Thank you for saying that. I definitely want this to be more than a "gluten-free" book. So it heartens me when I read your comment, and others', saying that they enjoy the blog (and the book) even though they can eat gluten.


Thank you for your pride. And the internet is funny that way, isn't it? We do feel like we know each other. I'm grateful for it.

At 7:02 PM, Blogger Shauna said...


Everyone's invited to this party! This is a book about falling in love with and living food. Gluten-free or no, it's just food!


My goodness, there are so many cities to visit...We'll have to see about Boston, but I hope!


Thank you!


I didn't know about that link. Thanks for informing me.


I adore that image of you and Judy in the same room, both of you on this site. And Champagne? yes, please. Thanks, my friend.


I'm so happy if people are being educated about this!


Thanks for your answer to humphrey. I agree.


thanks for spreading the word!


Please come up and introduce yourself. I'm so looking forward to the party.


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