During a recent stop at a local Barnes and Noble with the kids I thought I’d check out the health and diet sections to see what books they have on celiac disease and gluten free diets. I didn’t really need a reference book on celiac or the diet, but I was willing to splurge if I found a new book. Boy..what a disappointment.
On Thursday, the girls and I were out running errands. The girls had two gift cards to Barnes and Noble they wanted to use. So we stopped by. I’ll admit, I am not the hugest reader, but get me a book on celiac, I’ll usually read it cover to cover in no time. So the kids took off to the children’s section and I went to the Health Section and then the Diet section which are paired very close to each other.
Splurging on a Celiac Book
I came in more with the idea of impulse buying — I know its not a good strategy for my finances, but I’m sure bookstores LOVE people who do this. So there I was staring at the shelves of books — so many health books on cancer, Alzheimer’s and general health. How many books did I find on celiac disease? A whopping 2. And I’m not talking about two books with several copies behind the ones staring at you. There were literally two books available, one copy of “Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic” by Dr. Peter Green and one copy of “Gluten-Free for Dummies” by Danna Korn.
These are two good reference books. In fact I have been considering getting Dr. Green’s book for some time. So I swiped it off the shelf — leaving a blank space behind. By the time I got over to the diet section — there was NOTHING! Not one book about the gluten-free diet.
Since then I’ve been thinking about that one person who might go to that specific store and not be able to find the book they need NOW — to help them. (Sigh)
Amy’s “fantasia” About Finding Celiac/Gluten-Free Books at the Store
In Amy’s La-La land, when I go to a book store I should have a handful to choose from at least. I certainly had my choice of weight-loss, low carb books from which to pick. Isn’t the gluten-free diet supposed to be a trend? How could there not be even one Bette Hagman book or Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s book?
If I look at it from a book store’s perspective — How can it be all things to all people? It probably can’t. But the internet sure can. So my guess is if I want a selection I have to go online. But overall it just felt so disappointing.
Maybe I’m overdramatizing…but in that moment of only finding two — yet knowing there are 100+ fabulous celiac, gluten-free or recipe books out there — it was just disheartening. (sigh).
Note: I am enjoying Dr. Green’s “Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic”. So far, I recommend it!