Denver, CO (PRWEB) September 24, 2012
Carol Fenster’s weekly online subscription cookbook― GfreeCuisine.com―celebrates its fourth year of serving the gluten-free community with computer-delivered menus and recipes, plus customized grocery lists that simplify gluten-free cooking at home.
“Today’s busy families are pressed for time, but time is an even bigger issue for gluten-free families who must prepare almost all of their own food at home for safety reasons,” says Carol Fenster, author of 100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes.
Fenster partnered with RelishRelish.com to offer a service that helps gluten-free families decide dinner menus for the coming week and then receive customized grocery lists. This service is especially attractive to technology-savvy families who like receiving recipes via computer instead of paper cookbooks because books lack the ability to generate instantaneous, customized grocery lists.
GfreeCuisine.com was designed to address the roughly 24 million people on the spectrum of gluten-intolerance recently described by Dr. Alessio Fasano of the University of Maryland, Center for Celiac Research. At one end are those who can eat gluten (a protein in wheat and related grains) with no consequences. At the other end lies the 1 percent (about 3 million) with the autoimmune condition known as celiac disease in which gluten damages the lining of the small intestine and inhibits absorption of nutrients from food. In the middle of the spectrum are the 7 percent (21 million) who are non- celiac gluten-sensitive. They are sickened by gluten, though not always as severely or in the same way as those with celiac disease. There is no vaccine, surgery, or medication to treat gluten-intolerance; the only treatment is to remove all gluten from the diet so knowing how to prepare one’s own food is very important.
GfreeCuisine helps gluten-free families decide what to prepare for dinner during the coming week. Each Thursday, 10 new menus (with side-dish selections) are available to subscribers, who pay $10 per month. Subscribers choose 5 of the menus (one for each weeknight) and print out a customized grocery list, based on the 5 menus they selected. The grocery list is organized by sections of the grocery store, making shopping much more efficient. All dishes are gluten-free and dairy-free and several are kid-friendly and vegetarian, as well. The menus average about $100 a week and a wide array of desserts and breads can be selected as well.
“There are several advantages to preparing one’s own food at home, particularly to gluten-intolerant families who worry about safety, nutrition, and cost,” says Fenster. First, food preparation at home assures complete control over the ingredients that go into the food, such as choosing gluten-free soy sauce and chicken broth instead of the gluten-containing versions.
Second, cooks who prepare food at home have complete control over the standards under which food is prepared―including cleanliness and safety. Of particular concern to gluten-intolerant families is preventing their gluten-free food from touching gluten-laden food―such as using the same knife to spread peanut butter.
Third, food prepared at home is also cheaper (a loaf of store-bought, gluten-free bread can cost over $6) than take-out food or restaurant dining―and has fewer calories and less sodium and fat.
“Subscribing to GfreeCuisine is like getting a mini-e-cookbook delivered by computer each week for pennies per recipe,” says Fenster, “and the customized shopping list saves considerable time for busy families.”