Carol Kicinski: America’s Gluten Free Voice
I am a professional recipe developer, television chef, magazine founder and editor-in-chief, freelance writer and cookbook author. I cook. I write. I travel. And I do it all gluten-free!
When it comes to food I believe the most important thing is for it to taste great. My recipes are not just “good for gluten-free” they are just plain good! Period!
When I first found out that I was gluten-intolerant, I was taken aback. I wondered how I could live without the gluten-filled cereals, pastas and breads that made up so much of my diet. My husband and I LOVED the “good food” – traveling to Italy, France, South America, Africa and China. Added to the sense of frustration was the fact that half my family was gluten-intolerant and half not. I needed to be able to prepare meals that everyone would enjoy. It was then that I decided to look at the world of food not in terms of what I can’t eat but what I CAN EAT. I looked to food itself for inspiration. I discovered a whole beautiful, abundant world of gluten-free food. I started to create dishes that would not only keep my body from being ill but that were delicious and aesthetic as well.
Thus my new food philosophy was born: find and enjoy foods that are naturally gluten-free. I love the challenge of discovering how to re-invent old favorites and creating new ones gluten-free.
Simply…Gluten-free is a gluten-free blog – its purpose is to share, teach and inspire. I love to hear from my readers. Please feel free to always leave me comments, contact via email at Carol.k@SimplyGluten-free.com or you usually find me on Twitter at simplyglutenfre and Facebook at Simply Gluten Free.
Gluten-free Blogger since 2007 – Educating hundreds of thousands of people on gluten-free cooking and living through her website/blog. It has grown to one of the largest, most respected and visited gluten free sites in the world – usually always on page #1 Google for the topic.
Recipe Developer for over 18 Years – Carol’s cooking skills and recipe development grew out of the necessity to cook for a growing family and became gluten-free centered after she was diagnosed as gluten-intolerant about 20 years ago. With over 800 recipes, her stated goal has always been to create TASTEFUL FOODS that are also gluten-free.
America’s First Gluten-Free-Only Syndicated TV Chef – Carol debuted on Daytime TV in July 2009 from WFLA (NBC) – Tampa, Florida and after many successful repeat performances, she is now a monthly contributor as “The Gluten-free Chef” for Daytime TV with national syndication to 114 stations in 106 markets. Carol is very proud to be working with her wonderful show hosts, Cyndi Edwards and Jerry Penacoli.
Magazine Founder and Editor-in-Chief – In November 2012 Carol started and published the first issue of SIMPLY GLUTEN FREE Magazine, a high-quality, lifestyle magazine for the gluten and allergen sensitive community which also includes those on vegetarian, vegan and Paleo diets. It is dedicated to providing information and inspiration in order to make healthy lifestyle choices for oneself and the family. The magazine quickly established its popularity as the store sales in Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Natural Grocers, Balducci’s, Andronico’s and hundreds more health food stores across America and in Canada sold out and the many subscribers thanked her for a magazine they had long awaited for. In December 2013 SIMPLY GLUTEN FREE magazine received the “Hottest Launches of the Year” award by Min. SIMPLY GLUTEN FREE was awarded alongside such longstanding mainstream magazines such as Marie Claire, TIME, Glamour, Bon Apetit, and many more well known titles.
Gluten-free Cookbook Author – As a result of her tasteful recipes, Carol was awarded a cookbook contract with Thomas Dunne Books, a division of St. Martins Press. Simply…Gluten Free Desserts is loaded with 150 Dessert Recipes – cupcakes, cookies, pies, sweet breads, puddings, ice creams, cakes, and many other wonderful delights – all gluten-free and many dairy-free as well. Those who have been taste-testing the recipes are amazed at the flavors and the originality – many desserts never before created! Available in all the major bookstores, on Amazon, Kindle or on our online shop.
Carol’s second cookbook, Simply…Gluten Free Quick Meals, is all about gluten free meals and getting them on the table quickly!
Gluten-free Author – Carol has written and published articles in over 650 newspapers, magazines and publications about gluten-free living and cooking – disseminating her popular gluten-free recipes to readers around the world. Carol contributed gluten free recipes monthly to Martha Stewart’s Whole Living and also to many of the celiac non-profit groups.
Gluten-free Cooking Instructor – Carol has instructed cooking classes for hundreds as a regular gluten-free cooking instructor at Rollin’ Oats Markets, Publix Aprons Cooking School and Natures Food Patch Market. She also gives private chef and restaurant consultations and volunteers for church groups and schools. Carol constantly teaches and educated others on simple and easy techniques and tips for successful gluten-free food preparation.
Founder of the Gluten Free Global Community – This highly popular platform for over 400 gluten free bloggers around the world is serving the blogging community daily as Kicinski says, “I have met so many amazing people, both virtually and in person, through the world of gluten-free food blogging, I wanted to create a space for us all to get to know one another.“
Industry Innovator – Unable to get the high-quality taste and texture that she demanded in her recipes from existing gluten-free flours, Carol spent months developing her own Gluten-free All Purpose Flour blend that TASTES and BAKES just like regular wheat flour.
A certified Le Cordon Bleu Chef tested the flour for weeks in everything he could cook and bake – cakes, pies, pastries, breads, sauces, desserts and meals – it passed with amazing flying colors! Carol’s many gluten-free testers were equally amazed and pleased!
Humanitarian – A little known fact about Carol is she has made many trips within Africa – donating her time and skills to the Red Cross in Mali, Lesotho and Swaziland. Also, when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Carol dropped what she was doing and within 48 hours was at the “ground-zero” Central Command, volunteering and assisting the men and women of our Armed Forces and the Red Cross as they worked around the clock to save lives and secure the area. They deeply appreciated her cheer, humor, and effective help!
Carol loves to help people and loves to hear from her readers, email her at Carol.k@SimplyGluten-free.com
Doing it all Gluten Free!