In Memory of Bread

In Memory of Bread

A Memoir

Book - 2016
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The funny, poignant memoir of one man's struggle to come to terms with his celiac diagnosis, forcing him to reexamine his relationship with food.

When Paul Graham was suddenly diagnosed with celiac disease at the age of thirty-six, he was forced to say goodbye to traditional pasta, pizza, sandwiches, and more. Gone, too, were some of his favorite hobbies, including brewing beer with a buddy and gorging on his wife's homemade breads. Struggling to understand why he and so many others had become allergic to wheat, barley, rye, oats, and other dietary staples, Graham researched the production of modern wheat and learned that not only has the grain been altered from ancestral varieties but it's also commonly added to thousands of processed foods.

In writing that is effortless and engaging, Paul explores why incidence of the disease is on the rise while also grappling with an identity crisis--given that all his favorite pastimes involved wheat in some form. His honest, unflinching, and at times humorous journey towards health and acceptance makes an inspiring read.
Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter/Publishers, 2016.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780804186872
Branch Call Number: 616.975 GRA
Characteristics: ix, 262 p. ; 25 cm.


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Apr 04, 2017

I suppose that many people who have to go gluten free would get a lot out of this book, especially if they really love bread and beer. He spends as much time on beer as he does on bread. The parts about his life, how he started to feel better, and some of the history of grains were quite interesting. He went on way, way too long talking about his search for beer though, in my opinion.

ArapahoeHollyR Oct 27, 2016

In Memory of Bread is a beautifully-written memoir of Graham's life-altering diagnosis of celiac disease. Graham seamlessly blends personal anecdotes with scientific information about celiac disease, making for an informative and engaging monograph.

While an interesting read for anyone, Graham's book would be of special interest to those who have gone through a similar process of illness and life-changing diagnosis. It also contains detailed, practical information that is valuable for anyone with celiac disease.

SquamishLibraryStaff Oct 04, 2016

"It would occur to me, much later but with a shock of understanding when it did, that this was what gluten-free cooking really meant: not paying attention to wheat - or trying to imitate it - at all."

This book is a great tribute to all that is lost on the plates and palates of those suffering from wheat and gluten allergies and especially to that staple to tables around the world, bread. Well worth the read.

And it works for the read harder challenge #24: read a food memoir.

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