Friday, May 08, 2009

Hasselbeck on Rachael Ray and Larry King Live

Plus Reviews and Reactions

Here's a summary of Elisabeth's appearance on the Rachael Ray Show, where Rachael gushed about BabyCakes cupcakes. And here she is on Larry King Live. As you can see from the Larry King transcript, the interview covered a range of subjects over more than 17 minutes, with the diet coming up around the mid-point.

In related news, the very respectable Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF) expressed concern about inaccuracies in Elisabeth's book and appearances. It's true that Elisabeth has repeatedly called celiac disease an allergy (even though people often call it an allergy, it is technically an autoimmune disease), but when Larry King asked her about that she replied, "It is an autoimmune disease."

It's becoming clear, I think, that Elisabeth's book campaign includes risks as well as benefits. She's raising awareness about celiac disease but her language isn't entirely precise and some of her information is spotty or out-of-date. As has been the case in the past, it is up to organizations such as the CDF and the rest of the gluten-free community to try to separate the wheat from the chaff (er, the gluten from the diet?) and do our best to clarify what needs to be clarified.

Here are reviews of The G-Free Diet from Nancy Lapid, Sure Foods Living, and At Home With Books.


Anonymous said...

Any chance you could help spread the word that the "gluten-free" in the title of the BabyCakes cookbook isn't entirely accurate?

David Marc Fischer said...

The title of the book is BabyCakes: Vegan, Gluten-Free, and (Mostly) Sugar-Free Recipes from New York's Most Talked-About Bakery and the problem is, apparently, that there are recipes in the book that are not gluten-free because they involve spelt.

I think there's a way one could rationalize the "Gluten-Free" in the title--I understand it's clarified inside the book--but it's too bad that this is another BabyCakes case where people who aren't very careful might get the mistaken impression that spelt is gluten-free.