I may be late to the party here, but I’ve only just come across the Celiac Handbook site.
In case there’s anyone else who doesn’t already know it: this looks like a great resource.
It lists restaurants that provide gluten free food in countries across the world – so if you were visiting a country, it would give you some ideas for where to eat out – and, perhaps almost more useful, gives a list of supermarkets in different countries that stock gluten free food as well as links to the coeliac society for many countries.
The supermarket section is mostly US-based, and could do with some expansion (I can think of a couple of supermarkets in Spain that aren’t included, for instance – Supercor, Mercadona and Iranzo all stock gluten free food) but is a great start, and would be very helpful if you were visiting the States. As far as the UK goes, it lists Sainsbury’s, which does indeed have a good Free From section, but none of the others which have a Free From section (Tesco’s, Morrison’s, Waitrose, Asda). But Sainsbury’s is the best for gluten free, so perhaps they’re just going for quality!
I was disappointed to find that there were no restaurants listed near me (but not at all surprised, as I don’t actually know of any myself) – nor is there a listing for the celiac society for Greece, the country we’re visiting next week. This may be that there isn’t one – the Coeliac Youth of Europe site doesn’t list one either – and Greece is a country where it is very easy to eat gluten free. Perhaps Greece doesn’t have significant numbers of coeliacs?
I shall definitely be logging this site as a useful source of information, and suggest that if you haven’t already visited, that you should pop over and have a look.
I’ve written a book summarising what we’ve learnt over 20 years of dealing with the gluten free diet, and it might be just what you’re looking for. It packs the lessons we’ve learned into what I hope is a helpful and straightforward guidebook. It’s available on Amazon, as a paperback or for your Kindle…
Chad Marks says
Try http://www.glutenfreeonthego.com, it’s the most comprehensive listing of gluten free restaurants around the world and those who cater to other allergies.
They’ve been around for years in Europe and have just recently spread to North America.
They also handle B&B’s and hotels. I used them when I went to France last and had an amazing trip!
Hope this helps.
Hi Chad – thanks for visiting, and for the suggestion. I’ve tried to use the site this morning, and it seems to be broken – I’ll try again later, perhaps they’re doing housekeeping or something.