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Monday, November 26, 2007
Gluten Free Holiday Cooking Class
I got this press release in my mailbox today, so I figured I would pass on the information. I have been so busy lately, but I promise to publish some of my "draft" postings soon!

On Monday, December 3rd from 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm, the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University will host a gluten-free cooking for the holidays class at Cooking by the Book, 13 Worth Street, New York City.

People are largely unaware of this autoimmune disorder characterized by intolerance to gluten, which is found in many common foods. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, and other grains and intolerance to it damages the small intestine, causing malabsorption of nutrients, which can lead to serious health consequences including Type 1 diabetes, thyroid disease, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, infertility, depression and cancer.

At 6:30 pm, world-renowned celiac disease expert Dr. Peter Green will not only discuss the challenges in obtaining the correct diagnoses and guidelines for testing, but also offer up nutrition strategies for finding enjoyable food alternatives when shopping, cooking, and eating out. During the evening, participants will be treated to the following:

o Wine and Hors d'Oeuvres Reception
o Three-Course Gluten-Free Meal with Seasonal Wines
o Professional One-on-one Cooking Instruction
o Personalized Aprons
o Gluten-Free Recipes

Tickets are at $220 per individual, a percentage of which will go to The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University to further their cutting edge research and patient care. To register for the class, please call Cynthia Beckman at (212) 342-4529 or

About Cooking by the Book
In 1989, Suzen O'Rourke founded Cooking by the Book on the principle that everyone — regardless of their skills or experience — can enjoy the rewards of fine cooking. From that simple concept, we gathered the ingredients for our renowned corporate team building and special events, and are now New York's premier culinary team building authority.

Cooking by the Book offers highly customized hands-on team cooking events for corporate teams and their friends, who value participation in social activities to facilitate learning more about one another, and at the same time, are enjoyable, entertaining and provide a sense of accomplishment.

About Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University
The Celiac Disease Center was established within the Department of Medicine at Columbia University in 2001. Its mission: to redefine the future of celiac disease and treatment on an ongoing basis, through continuing advances in research, patient care, and physician and public education. Under the guidance of Peter Green, MD, one of a few recognized experts on celiac disease in the United States, the Center has become world-renowned for its services and programs and is one of the first medical school based centers in the United States dedicated to the treatment and study of celiac disease.

The Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University is the only center in the United States that provides comprehensive medical care, including nutrition, for adult and pediatric patients with celiac disease. All of the Center’s research is directed toward celiac disease—clinical epidemiology, and mechanisms of disease. Our targets include many of humanity's most feared and elusive illnesses—including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, thyroid disease, infertility and depression—as they relate to celiac disease. In addition, the Center supports patient and physician education.

The Center is diagnosing and treating more than 2400 patients annually from around the world. For more information, please visit

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