We are rapidly turning into the family you really don’t want to invite over for a quick meal. Not only are two members vegetarian, my son is also a coeliac, and although it has become second-nature now for me to cook the right meals, it’s a nightmare to try to explain what he can and can’t have. Luckily, since Hugh was diagnosed ten years ago, things have improved beyond measure in foods stocked, labelling and taste, and this week is Coeliac Awareness Week. Although it’s worth putting up with people calling him a ‘faddy eater’ and me a ‘fussy mother’ just to make sure he gets the right foods, I’m amazed at how many people still think that ‘just a little bit of flour’ is going to be perfectly acceptable, even a treat. An extraordinary lack of knowledge when you think that they estimate that one in 100 people in the UK will suffer from it. Luckily, there are some brilliant blogs out there to help with recipes, advice and sharing stories. My favourite ones are: Gluten A go Go, Gluten Free Bay, Gluten Free Girl, and best of all, the divine Gluten Free Goddess, from whom I ordered the above t-shirt which still makes me laugh. I haven’t found any British blogs as far as I know, but I’d really like to be proved wrong on that!
Three good interviews with writers today:
1. Narrative Magazine’s profile of Ann Beattie. You have to sign up to get the full thing but the whole magazine is really worth it (even if it wasn’t free!)
2.The Paris Review interview of Isak Dinesen. I love how the whole concept of what an interview is gets turned on its head before it begins.
3. This interview with Margaret Atwood. There are lots of interviews with Margaret Atwood out there, but this pleased me so much with its very particular specialised focus.