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Friday, August 17, 2007
Bette Hagman: Gluten-Free Cookbook Pioneer
My very first gluten-free cookbook came to my family in the mid-1980s and was written by Bette Hagman. At that time, there were almost no (or none at all) gluten-free cookbooks on the market. I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 1981 and this cookbook not only taught my family about eating gluten-free but gave us recipes that we still use today. After reading Gluten Free Gobsmacked this morning, I am sad to report that Bette Hagman is ill. Please send your thoughts and prayers to our gluten-free cookbook pioneer. Here is the letter posted on Gluten Free Gobsmacked this morning:

Dear gluten-free friends;

It is with sadness and a heavy heart that I share this news and ask for your support – one last time - for a dear, sweet lady – Bette Hagman.

Bette Hagman is seriously ill. She is trying to be strong by is weakening quickly by this illness.

We want Bette, the author of the Gluten Free Gourmet series of cookbooks, to know how much she has done to make a difference in the gluten-free diet by pioneering great tasting gluten-free foods.

Bette reads every card and note that comes to her. We want her to know she is not forgotten and her work is appreciated. Please consider sending your thoughts, emails and cards to Bette via the GIG office. We will deliver them to her daily. Please act now. Let her know how much we appreciate her.

Send your notes and cards to:

Bette Hagman
c/o GIG
31214 - 124 Ave SE
Auburn, WA 98092-3667

Or send an email to: gig@ In the subject line put: For Bette Hagman

You may also fax a note to: 253-833-6675

Please keep Bette and her daughter Karole in your thoughts and prayers.

Cynthia Kupper, RD, CD
Executive Director
Gluten Intolerance Group of North America®
31214 - 124 Ave SE,
Auburn, WA 98092-3667
Phone: 253-833-6655 Fax: 253-833-6675

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Blogger Unknown said...

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Bette Hagman passed away
quietly this afternoon at home. I took her nearly a hundred good wishes
messages yesterday. She was pleased to get them and she and the
caregiver were reading them before I left. They brought smiles and tears
to her. They were exactly what she needed. Any messages that continue to
come in will be given to her daughter.

Thank you all for your kindness and support for Bette. I know both she
and her daughter appreciated it very much. Bette inspired and helped
more people than she will ever know. We will miss her.

At this time, we do not have further information

Cynthia Kupper, RD, CD

Executive Director

Gluten Intolerance Group of North America(r)

Blogger Sea said...

Hi Erin,
This is such sad news. I thought you might like to know that I'm hosting a blog event honoring Bette Hagman at my blog, I hope you'll come check it out- it should result in a photo collage of Bette Hagman's baked goods that we can send to her family.


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