My name is Grace Cheetham and my story is like many others. I was diagnosed with allergies/intolerances at a young age and I’ve spent many years following allergy diets. I remember feeling utterly bewildered when I was initially diagnosed – and full of despair. I would look longingly at foods which I couldn’t eat, wishing I could dive into the breads, cakes, biscuits, desserts, creamy sauces, pasta, pizzas and pies. At first my diet was very bland and boring, but over the years I’ve experimented with different types of ingredients and different ways of cooking them, and created recipes.
Passionate about good food and allergy-free living, I’ve set up this blog in order to help people who, like me, found themselves stuck in a situation where they didn’t know what to do, or how to cope. I run cookery classes and I’ve also written a couple of cookbooks which have been published in the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand, as well as in Finland and Brazil.
For me, cooking is like alchemy – you take some ingredients and make a dish that can nurture you physically and emotionally. You can heap nutrients into your body – boosting your immune system, energy levels and vitality, and helping your body to alleviate symptoms and start to heal itself. Then you can just sit back and enjoy the gorgeous tastes, textures and aromas of the recipes you’ve created with each delicious bite.
My books are called The Best Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free and Dairy-Free Recipes (A Cook’s Bible: Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free and Dairy-Free Recipes in the US) and Simply Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free.
Quotes on The Best Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free and Dairy-Free Recipes (A Cook’s Bible: Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free and Dairy-Free Recipes in the US):
“Packed full of easy, delicious recipes all your family will love.” Annabel Karmel
“This book is vital to anyone who has wheat, gluten and dairy intolerances. Grace Cheetham has made gorgeous, imaginative, tasty food available to those with dietary constraints. This is now my culinary bible.” Jayney Goddard, President, Complementary Medical Association
“Delicious recipes ….designed to alleviate all those uncomfortable symptoms of food intolerance.” She magazine
“A superb contribution to allergy-free cuisine – one that is long overdue.” Max Tomlinson ND
“If you suffer with food intolerances this book will be a delight – and if you don’t, it will still be a delight.” InterAction. the magazine of Action For M.E.
“An excellent, comprehensive free-from cook book.” Foods Matter
Quotes on Simply Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free
‘This is thoroughly modern food – quick, healthy and utterly delicious. Grace takes the fear out of cooking for special diets – you’ll be amazed how simple she makes it!’ Jane Curran, Food Editor, woman&home
‘Grace Cheetham’s book gives us a fresh approach that fills the gap in the gluten-free plus dairy-free cookery market. Many people newly diagnosed with coeliac disease are also lactose intolerant until their guts start to heal. The broad world flavours in these recipes are robust and flavoursome.’ Coeliac UK
‘Grace Cheetham takes the stress out of cooking gluten-free and dairy-free. This book is a vital resource for anyone who has coeliac disease or who has gluten or dairy intolerances – it is packed with excellent information and delicious recipes.’ Scott Adams, Founder, http://www.celiac.com and http://www.glutenfreemall.com
‘I just love Grace’s recipes – her enthusiasm, her exciting use of unusual ingredients, especially grains, her clear techniques and directions. The book will be a delight to cook from – whether you’re on a free-from diet or not!’ Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, Foods Matter
Quotes from readers:
“A massive thank you for changing the way I look at my new diet. I was so downhearted at the thought of cutting out gluten, wheat and dairy, but everything changed when I bought your book last night. I am now excited to try new things and have my friends over for supper! Thank you for inspiring me and helping me to enjoy the benefits of free-from food. I feel heathy – and look it, apparently! With many thanks.” Clemmie Wright
“I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful cookbook. My husband bought it for me for Christmas, and he can now cook gluten- and dairy-free food for me without me having to be in the kitchen!” Cara
“I recently purchased your cookbook and I have made the most of the recipes. My children love all the things that I have made for them. Your cookbook is so user-friendly and all the recipes are delicious!” Shandon Smith
“Grace, I just love your book so much!!!!” PG Ledstone
“Thank you so much for your Chickpea Pesto recipe – we made this tonight in 5 minutes, and it was deemed “delicious” by my 5-year old daughter (who is the Queen of pesto), and “good” by my son (high praise!)” Hilary Harper
“I just got your book and love it.” Susan Bonak
“I have had a lot of pleasure using your recipes. ” James Rosengarten
“Great book!” Cynthia Smith
Recently, The Best Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free was recommended in woman&home magazine, Feel Good Food
Simply Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free has been reviewed by Waitrose Weekend, who say “Simply delicious recipes…[it] features a range of easy but delicious recipes for all meals – and is the ideal family cookbook for those on a restricted diet.
And Taste Italia have reviewed it –
And have also published an extract –
InterAction, the magazine for Action for M.E. recommends my book to anyone on a gluten-free or dairy-free diet –
I recently joined up with Kallo and devised some recipes for their new range of organic soya milks (which are delicious!!) You’ll find the recipes on the Kallo Facebook page and recently Hello! magazine featured one of them.
My latest book has also been featured on woman&home.com, who have voted Simply Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free one of the 5 best allergy cookbooks. They say –
“Cooking for a guest with a food intolerance? Or simply not sure where to begin when cooking from scratch? Grace Cheetham has been living with food-allergies from a young age so she understands just how daunting free-from cooking can be. She’s developed a collection of tasty classic breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes which forgo gluten and dairy but are still straightforward to make.”
And Channel4.com have voted my blog one of the best gluten-free & allergy-friendly blogs! They say –
“Grace sees food in a holistic way; it nurtures, heals and makes you happy too. In her blog she focuses on family-friendly recipes with bright and cheery images. As well as blogging, she’s the author of two allergy-friendly cookbooks showcasing gluten, wheat and dairy-free food.”
My blog has been voted one of the 100 Best Food Blogs by woman&home.com! Huge thanks, woman&home. They say –
“Meet the blogger: Grace writes home recipes for gluten and dairy-free families.
Why we love it: With everything from fish and chips to plum crumbles, Grace demonstrates that gluten and dairy-free diets can be both easy and delicious.”