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Gluten Free Girl
April 13, 2012
10:38 am
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melondrama says to fill up the penis beaker
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Gluten-Free Cat Lady said
Also, check out her new writing at epicurious. The commenters are displeased! http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/blogs/editor/2012/04/the-grace-of-a-gluten-free-meal.html

Huh, it looks like Epicurious deleted a lot of comments. The second extant comment, for example (from "lemoineau") references a comment that got deleted.

April 13, 2012
1:12 pm
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Jolene
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January 30, 2012

Her Amazon bio says she was a child actor in LA!? I can't picture that.

April 13, 2012
9:29 pm
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Snark Mercantile
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October 13, 2011


bossyboots said

viciouslips said

krzyktldy said
Her writing style is so painful to read, and the way she romanticizes food is off-putting. I cannot believe she was an English teacher. After watching the chef husband repeatedly wipe his nose and then handle the ingredients in the almond butter video I'm so glad he is no longer employed and serving the public. However my insane jealousy over their living on Vashon Island makes me keep reading, just so I can enjoy the occasional mention of NW island life.

He works at The Hardware Store on Vashon, I think. Thank bloody heavens I didn't get them to cater my wedding. 

He quit recently. fwiw, my brother and SIL live on Vashon, and they've told me the food at the Hardware Store is very meh.

Great. Thanks for letting me know that. Off-topic but did they have an opinion on a good restaurant on Vashon? We were thinking of going with Express Cuisine. 

April 14, 2012
5:11 pm
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Well-fed hobbit

Ugh.  Her writing is so, so annoying.  Half the time she doesn't use complete sentences, instead writing things like "Hands reaching for bread. Light through the window."  I'm sure she thinks she sounds like a Zen koan, but it's just lazy writing.  The horrifying thing is she used to teach writing. 

 

When I discovered I was intolerant to gluten (I tested negative for celiac, but gluten makes me ill nonetheless, it's a spectrum–not everyone who cannot tolerate wheat or gluten is a celiac), I read her book and could barely make it to the end. From the endless food p–n, to the belitting of people who aren't obsessed with food, and then her meeting with "the Chef" (Good Lord, the man had a name, either use it or don't talk about him at all), it was just painful.

 

And her recipes are very frou-frou.  I'm sure that works for many people but not for me.  I really couldn't stand the part in her book where she mentions a 'wan, thin, colorless girl' who admitted to not really thinking about food much. "It's just food, I don't know why people make a big deal about it." Shauna decided at that point she had "nothing to say to that girl."  How snobby is that?

April 16, 2012
3:47 pm
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Digestive Heroics
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November 9, 2011

viciouslips said

Great. Thanks for letting me know that. Off-topic but did they have an opinion on a good restaurant on Vashon? We were thinking of going with Express Cuisine. 

I'll ask and let you know!

fka bossyboots
April 21, 2012
5:34 am
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Gluten-Free Cat Lady
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Who remembers Shauna's agony-inducing life-ending egg allergy? It seems she doesn't: 

http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/blogs/editor/2012/04/gluten-free-denver.html

April 21, 2012
12:18 pm
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Well-fed hobbit

Gluten-Free Cat Lady said
Who remembers Shauna's agony-inducing life-ending egg allergy? It seems she doesn't: 

http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/blogs/editor/2012/04/gluten-free-denver.html

 

Ugh. Apparently people who understand gluten intolerance and celiac have 'rareified minds." She is such a snob. I am intolerant to gluten. I can't eat it.  That doesn't mean I look down on people who have never heard of such a thing, or don't know how to cook for me.  My mother in law can't cook gluten free.  That doesn't mean I'm better than her.  It means I know something she doesn't.  I am not more "rareified", whatever the heck that means.

 

Also, gluten-free does not automatically equal 'healthy,' as Ahern tries to make a clumsy connection between Denverites' reputation as healthy people and the availability of gluten-free foods.  Heck, you can eat junk food all day that is gluten free. Fritos are gluten free.  So is Hawaiian Punch.  I could sit around and eat chocolate and corn chips.  I bet most of the people who live in Denver and cross-country ski all day long don't eat gluten free. 

 

Oh, and this sentence makes me crabby: "I've never grown sick after eating at Snooze."

You don't 'grow' sick. You GET sick.  Stop trying to sound fancy. Shauna.

October 18, 2012
6:13 pm
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freebananas
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October 18, 2012

Just posted to twitter https://twitter.com/glutenfreegirl/status/259050174092025857

 

I'm pretty sure her 115,000 twitter followers are happy to click on the undisclosed amazon link so they can give her 8% of all amazon purchases for the next few days.

November 5, 2012
10:06 pm
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coffeejunkie

She's begging for donations and half will go to the notorious Bloggers Without Borders again!
http://glutenfreegirl.com/a-gluten-free-thanksgiving/#more-6062

November 5, 2012
11:50 pm
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Silly Yaks Disease
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February 15, 2012

Gag.

 

How anybody still reads this b***h about the Hot Widow Boots thing is beyond me.

November 6, 2012
6:41 pm
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astronaut mike dexter
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March 28, 2012

The only nice thing I have to say about Shauna is that she has a super cute daughter.  

Now, this is a super b***hy thing to say, but the thing that bothers me most about Shauna is that for someone who's so uppity about eating/being the healthiest, SHE LOOKS LIKE SHIT.  Not healthy at all.  Which, hey – I don't care how other people look or what they eat, to each their own.  Heck, I'm a chubby lady and I'm currently eating a bag of chips while I type this at my desk at work.  But I don't write a smug blog and smug books about how much better I am than all the wan, thin, colorless unenlightened.  All I'm saying is, if you're going to sell an image of 'gluten free is the key to health' then you gotta back it up by actually looking healthy.  And she doesn't.

It must really chap her ass that her book got a lot of negative reviews, and most of them echo the sentiments of this thread - too heavy handed with the sentimental prose and shitty/complicated recipes.  A couple mentioned that there were some positive reviews of the book that were posted before the book was even released, which is kinda sleazy considering they claimed that Shauna had been encouraging her followers to write positive reviews in advance of the book's release.  

November 8, 2012
12:30 am
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it puts the joy in its belly
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May 4, 2012

She's all about the butter and bacon and always has been. At least while I was reading her, her concern about health began and ended with gluten. I was pretty much done with her blog when I found a post about her creepy diagnosis of a stranger who was just trying to enjoy her beer ("her face is red, so she must have a gluten problem!"). 

Anyway, what bugs me most about GFG (and "The Chef") is their belief that us gluten-eaters are morons, or out to poison the gluten-free, or both. Sometimes you need to pester the waiter or bring your own food to the airport. She claims she never feels deprived when she has to miss out on bread, then turns around and complains about not being able to eat everything everywhere.

She reminds me of when I was 10 and lactose-intolerant. "NO ONE SHOULD EAT CHEESE IF I CAN'T!" eyeroll

November 8, 2012
7:37 am
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Moose Knuckle

Health is a state of mind and joy in the belly , you see. *ducks* 



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