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Otherwise, this blog is now a legacy site, meaning that I am not updating it any longer. The basic information about LI is still sound. However, product information and weblinks may be out of date.

In addition, my old website, Planet Lactose, has been taken down because of the age of the information. Unfortunately, that means links to the site on this blog will no longer work.

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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Pioneering Gluten-Free Lactose-Free Cookbook Updated

Way back in the early 1970s, Carole Smollan had a problem. Her two daughters had celiac disease at a time when virtually no one had ever even heard the term. She also lived in South Africa, a long way from the small communities that were also trying to deal with the disease and the necessary diet.

Determined to help, she developed a gluten-free flour for the South African market and wrote Gluten-Free Guide for Southern Africa, published in 1975 and revised and updated in 1985.

The 1980s were ages ago in special diet and "free from" food years. Smollan has finally put out an entirely new edition, according to a book review by Hilary Biller in The Times of South Africa.

In her latest guide Smollan has put her 30 years of experience of advising people on this kind of diet and her updated knowledge into a newly-published guide. It’s aimed at those on a gluten-free diet but also the hostess, careers, partners, wives, husbands, girlfriends etc. of those who need to provide a gluten-free diet on a regular basis.

The guide is far more than a cookbook and jam packed with useful information. She tackles issues like lactose intolerance, food labelling and there are even travel tips for those suffering from food allergies.

Smollan has her own website at Click here for the contact page for ordering the current book, now titled Gluten Free Guide: Making It Simple.

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