The Gluten Free Survival Guide Review & Giveaway

Gluten Free Survival Guide

If you have done much looking for gluten-free recipes and information on the Internet, then you have probably come across Gluten Free Cooking School (GFCS).  In case you are not aware, they have a new eBook, The Gluten Free Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know (And Nothing That You Don’t) About Living Gluten Free by Mary Frances and John Pickett.  I recently had the pleasure of being contacted by Mary Frances and the opportunity to review their book.

This survival guide is thorough and practical.  It will be especially helpful to those who are brand new to the gluten-free diet.  It covers the basics of the gluten-free diet as well as topics such as whether or not to have a totally gluten-free kitchen, menu planning, eating out, and nutrition.

Mary Frances and John take the gluten-free diet very seriously.  While I disagree on a couple of points (for example, I believe that most grain alcohol is safe because of distillation), I’m glad that they take a conservative approach and encourage you to be careful.

In addition to the 87 page survival guide, purchasers receive a 17 page cookbook, a list of safe and unsafe ingredients, a 1 week meal plan with shopping list, a meal planning worksheet, a food journal template, and a diet and nutrition checklist.  The price for this basic package is $20 and for only $2 more you can also get an audio version of the Survival Guide.  I think that’s a fair price for what you are getting.

I want to be completely honest with you all and tell you that I am part of their affiliate program.  That means I will receive some commission from any sales made through a link for this product on my site.  You can click here to visit GFCS and find out more about the Survival Guide.

The Giveaway

The authors are offering one free copy of  The Gluten Free Survival Guide as a giveaway.  Since this is an electronic download there is no location limitation.

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The giveaway will end on Friday, March 11th at 11:00 pm eastern time.  The winner will have 24 hours to respond after being contacted.  The winner will be posted on my Facebook page.

Disclaimer:  I was provided with free copy of this eBook, but the opinions in this post are my own.

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  1. Kathy C. says

    I’ve been “trying” to do gluten-free for about 6 weeks – to say that it can be overwhelming is an understatement. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Tracy Stuckrath says

    Thanks for your comment about the grain alcohols in your review. I’m interested in finding more about if there is a difference between the grain and potato vodkas and the effect on gluten intolerance.

  3. Nicole says

    Eventhough I have been GF for almost 7 years, I still enjoy reading about GF ideas and inspirations! Thanks for doing this.

  4. Jo says

    I receive your posts via e-mail. I have a daughter with a gluten intolerance or celiac (not sure if they are one and the same) who also has dermatitis herpetaformis which makes her condition physically obvious to all around her if she ingests or comes into contact with gluten. In second grade her knees and elbows constantly looked as if she’d has a bicycle wreck. She was often asked what happened. In fourth grade, a dermatologist diagnosed her. Now she is almost 16, and we are doing our best to be gluten free for her. She has a long road ahead of her as her 20s will bring new challenges to her life.

    We would love a free copy of The Gluten Free Survival Guide!!!!!

  5. Janis S. says

    I’m fairly new to gluten-free, so this e-book would be a great help to me.

  6. says

    What a cool giveaway! I would love to get my hands on this book as even though I’ve been gluten free for almost 2 years, I still struggle with shopping, meal planning and definitely eating out. Thanks for the opportunity!

  7. Tina says

    I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book as my son is GF, EF and DF so any information would be greatly received. Getting my daughter tested as she is showing some symptoms :( and just found out that I’m intolerant

  8. Rachel H. says

    Every day I run to check my emails after school to see what new gluten free advice you will have for me for the day!
    This e-book will be of great help to me!

  9. sally heiner says

    I would love the gluten free cookbook. @ 58yrs ideas don’t seem to come to me like they used too!

  10. says

    I would love to win this :) I have 2 daughters on the GF diet right now, and it’s always a challenge for me to come up with new ideas!

  11. Brenda says

    Doctor just put me on a gluten-free diet this past week. It would be a perfect time for this book, as I’ve being suddenly immersed in this world and trying to cook for a family!

  12. Amy A says

    I’ve just been diagnosed. This book would be perfect for me as I get on my feet!

  13. Kristy Senn says

    This book would be really helpful. My husband and I were recently diagnosed and so we are still learning.

  14. says

    There’s always new things to learn about being gluten-free. I find my drs aren’t too helpful and it’s really something you have to research on your own to learn about. Would love to win this

  15. Kristy Senn says

    I subscribe to your email and look forward to hearing what you have to say.

  16. Rebecca says

    I was diagnosed with celiac disease in January 2011 and even though I have done some pretty extensive research on the subject and changed my food habits entirely, I am not experiencing the benefits of the gluten-free diet. I am still seriously ill and feel that it is perhaps due to the fact that there is something I am missing, something I’m not aware of yet, or a product I’m using – thinking that it’s gluten-free when it is actually not. I would love to have a copy of the book/cookbook and perhaps it might help me solve this issue!

  17. Lynne Klassen says

    Thanks for the info on this book and website. Also, thanks for your pages. Keep up the good work!

  18. Elizabeth Krantz says

    I was diagnosed last April with Eosinophilic Esophagitis due to food allergies (strong gluten sensitivity, full wheat allergy + seven other food allergies). I have been officially gluten-free since that time. However, I am still struggling. Just when I think I have it all covered, I become ill and discover another gluten or wheat product that I missed. This book would be a HUGE help to me!!

  19. says

    Thank you for making us aware of this great book. I’ve only been on a GF diet for about a month. The first two weeks I was hungry a lot! I have wondered if there was a basic source to get us started, and it sounds like this book may be it. Cheers!

  20. says

    Sounds like a good book! I have lots of friends/family now starting the diet, and I’d love to share this with them!

  21. Andrea Teague says

    Really would love to win a copy of the book. I’m now gluten free for a lot longer that I thought I could be :).

  22. JANICE says

    This book would be helpful for me the gluten free survival guide as i am finding it very hard as i am in Christchurch were the earthquake hit and my local Bakery has gone and all the places where i get my flour for baking.

  23. Danielle says

    Three months into living GF and still learning every day. Would love to win this!

  24. Liz says

    I already subscribe to your emails. I lot of great information! I would love to get a copy of this book. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  25. Brenda says

    Wow. I wish they handed these out at the Dr.’s office instead of the next to no info they sent us home with!

  26. Marie says

    This is such an awesome blog – I’m glad I found you! I posted the giveaway on my Facebook page. I would love to win this week’s giveaway.
    Thanks so much!

  27. Stacy says

    I am newly diagnosed and am overwhelmed by the information. I would love to win a book!

  28. Cheryl D says

    For my husband who is allergic, need all the help I can get! Thank you!

  29. Colleen M says

    I would love to read this book and learn all I can about the GF diet. I have been GF for almost 1 1/2 years and feel great!

  30. Carrie Gort says

    What a fantastic name for a cookbook for those of us navigating the waters of GF living. On vacation right now, and while I’ve been lucky eating GF so far (haven’t been contaminated) I so miss the options and safety of eating at home. Look forward to reading this book and expanding my GF options as an at home chef.

    Thanks for your fantastic emails and site.

  31. Francine says

    I really would like some help with this gluten free lifstyle; I’m just a beginner and need all the help I can get from you. Thanks a lot!

  32. Francine says

    I subscribe to you to you blog via yahoo. I will try and post this on Facebook. I’m a beginner to GF living this would be a great help.


  33. christine says

    I am new to this gluten free world! My husband is gluten intolerant (receintly found out) and I have been searching for as many recipes and guides I can find. This would be an amazing thing to win!! Thanks for all your great emails with suggestions and recipes! Please keep it coming!!

  34. Alison R. says

    I would love to have a copy of this! My best friend and I are trying to eliminate gluten from our diets, and I think this would help tremendously. By the way, I love your website and recipes!

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