Eternally Gluten Free by Dominick Cura
Interview by Lauren
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Summary of book:
About the Awesome Author: Dominick Cura, 13, was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2009 at the age of 9. At first it seemed extremely difficult and frustrating to live gluten-free. As time went on he discovered that it wasn't that bad. He started baking gluten-free sweets, developed his own gluten-free recipes, and started a blog about living with Celiac. Together with some friends he also started filming cooking videos. The book includes a short autobiographical inspiring story about living with Celiac Disease and includes his own recipes. He shows how with some work he turned a negative diagnosis into a positive experience.
1. Your cookbook is full of gluten-free recipes because you have Celiac disease and wanted to create items that you could eat. Could you briefly explain the disease for those that aren't aware and what does it mean to be gluten-free?
Celiac disease is an auto-immune disease. An auto-immune disease is when the body attacks itself. In the intestine there are little things called villi that collect the nutrients from digested food that goes through the intestine. When someone who has Celiac disease eats gluten (found in wheat, rye and barley) the gluten goes through the intestine but instead of the villi getting the nutrients from the food, the gluten damages the villi and then the person can't get nutrients because they're missing most of their villi. The only way to stop this is to go completely gluten-free forever. There are a lot of symptoms, but here are a few of them:
2. Do you have a favorite recipe in the cookbook (maybe something you make often)?
I have a few favorites, Red velvet cupcakes, Carrot Cupcakes which my family and friends love and then an Italian dessert called Struffoli. Struffoli are an Italian Christmas dessert. They are balls of dough the size of marbles that are fried then dipped in honey. The balls are formed into a dome and topped with colorful sprinkles.
3. Did anyone help you create the food for your cookbook and what role did they play?
I developed all the recipes by myself but I had some help from my family and friends who would taste all my food and give me honest opinions about it.
4. When you started making gluten-free food, did you always have it in mind to make a cookbook? If so, did you hope to have it published for others to see in the long run?
I started baking from a gluten-free cookbook for a month last summer and then I got the idea of writing a book on living with Celiac disease. It occurred to me that it would be too hard to write an auto-biographical book about living with Celiac, so I decided that I could write a small story of living with Celiac disease and the rest a cookbook of gluten-free sweets. I pretty much have only been baking for a year, but I've been baking almost every other day since then. Yes, I hoped to have the book published for every one to see and raise awareness of Celiac and I even chose to have my book shared on the Kindle for free on the Kindle Owner's Lending Library.
5. You're so young...so what else do you hope to achieve in the future?
I'm working on making a documentary on Celiac disease. I want to make it partly because since I finished my book everyone's been saying I'd be a great author or baker when I'm older, but I don't want to be either. I want to be a movie director, so I'm making the documentary for that reason. I also believe that by writing the documentary I can raise awareness of Celiac disease.