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4 Comments 25 October 2006


Let’s Eat Out!
Your Passport To Living Gluten And Allergy Free
by Kim Koeller and Robert La France

Koeller and La France must have the minds of engineers the way this book is laid out. With the feel of a school textbook complete with detailed charts and bullet points, they equip even the most unaware eater to the hazards and possibilities of dining out. It’s no surprise that this book was a 2006 Benjamin Franklin Award finalist for Best Health Book and Best First Book Non-Fiction.

This book is especially good for those who are afraid or overwhelmed with the challenge of eating out on the gluten-free diet and even more daunting, with mutiple food allergies. Koeller herself knows how this can be difficult. She was diagnosed with allergies and intolerances to dairy, fish, seafood, pork, chemicals and preservatives along with celiac disease. "Knowledge is power" is the saying that comes to mind while perusing the pages of this guide. And that’s exactly what the authors wanted to do; empower people with special diets to successfully navigate eating out anywhere.

Fifty-percent of the book includes detailed primers to the basics of international cuisines and what may or may not be an option for you. Included are questions to ask the waitstaff while dining at different types of restaurants. Specific cuisines covered are American Steak and Seafood, Chinese, French, Indian, Italian, Mexican and Thai. I found the introduction to the various cuisines particularly interesting. Essentially, you can educate yourself regarding a particular type of cuisine prior to dining out, and then take along one of the pocket sized "passports" that are sold separately for easy reference. The extra passport I’ll be packing with me on my next international adventure will be the Multi-Lingual Phrase Passport, which has 1,200 phrases in four languages for any food situation you may need to communicate. This part of the series just won Best Books 2006 National Award in the Language Guides category from

Let’s Eat Out! really lives up to its name by teaching you to communicate your needs and showing you what foods are traditionally safe. With a passport like this, the travel bug is sure to bite you soon!

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    Bob A. says:

    I purchased the book on Monday and was very impressed with its content.

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    David says:

    Thanks for the blogroll, Chicks!

    I tried to get to Gluten A Go Go (couldn’t resist the name!) but wound up in Wheatless Bay–and thought you’d want to know.

    Cheers to you all!


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