Thursday, February 01, 2007


I recently saw Kristin Davis on Late Night with Conan O'Brien promoting a fundraising gimmick for America's Second Harvest and thought I'd spread the word.

Here's what's involved: You go to this web page and provide a little information. Then Barilla donates $1 to the America's Second Harvest food bank (up to a $100,000 total) and you get a little cookbook (pictured) via PDF.

The Celebrity Pasta Lovers' Cookbook is a collection of pasta recipes provided by celebrities and then adapted by top chefs Mario Batali and Giada De Laurentiis. Looking over the recipes, I believe that most if not all can be re-adapted by other "top chefs" (that means you) to be suitable for the gluten-free diet. Mangia!

Please Note: As you probably know or suspect, Barilla does not market any gluten-free pasta. The company doesn't even bother to guarantee that any of its sauces are gluten-free. (Its FAQ page currently states, "Barilla does not add gluten to the raw materials used to make our sauces. At the present time, however, we cannot guarantee that our sauces are absolutely gluten free.") Sigh.

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