The Un-Constipated Gourmet Book Review and Giveaway

Warning: this punny book is seriously funny.

Warning: this book is not 100% gluten free, but there are plenty of gluten-free recipes.

The whole title is The Un-Constipated Gourmet: Secrets to a Moveable Feast; 125 Recipes for the Regularity Challenged. Author Danielle Svetcov writes a lighthearted cookbook full of fiber, taste, and creativity. How many cookbooks have you laughing out loud? Come on, that is one funny title!

Key foods

The Un-Constipated Gourmet includes no less than 55 foods and fluids that will keep constipation away.  A variety of beans, nuts, veggies, seeds, and fruits are featured. A few gluten free grains are included too, millet and rice bran.

Recipes using wheat, barley, and bulgur are glutinous and off limits for those on a gluten-free diet. Recipes using oats are OK for most gluten-freers if you use only certified gluten-free oats. (For even more info on oats click here, scroll down to the Nourish column).

You might not think of some of the key foods as constipation preventers. Chocolate for one. But I am not going to argue with an expert, err personal experience. And I grab any excuse I can to eat more chocolate.

Plagues of the gut

Disregard this section, it is not written for gluten intolerant folks. Some of the foods listed here are plagues of the gluten free-gut. For example, white flour biscuits.

Some folks will get constipated from these foods. But some will get very ill, requiring prolonged time in the bathroom or bed.

And some of the foods listed are safe and saviors in the gluten-free diet, potatoes for example.

The Go-Meter

Each recipe has a Go-Meter icon, a starred roll of toilet paper with a number, telling you the relative constipation prevention strength of the recipe. The scale is from 1 (poor) to 10 (powerful). No recipe in the book scores below a 5.


I encourage you to read this book just for the fun of it. But at it’s heart, it is a creative and flavorful cookbook. Using real food.

Start your day with Corn Cakes. Made with masa, whole kernel corn, eggs, cream, and green onions.  7 on the Go-Meter scale. Optional topping ideas include: smoked salmon, dill and crème fraiche. I could wake up for that.

Or Dried Fig, Apricot, and Cherry Compote over Yogurt. Go-Meter 10! Another winner.

Try a Nut Shake. Almonds or cashews, dates, apple juice, bananas, and milk or yogurt. Go-Meter 7.

After breakfast, the recipes continue through snacks-dips-spreads, soups, salads, sides, entrees, to desserts. There is plenty to keep you going. *wink*

Svetcov has done her research

Wordy quotes from historical books with windy titles add to the fun. Titles like: Mediations on Transcendental Gastronomy, 1825.

And this one is a doozy: The White House Cook Book, A Comprehensive Cyclopedia of Information for the Home Containing Cooking, Toilet and Household Recipes, Menus, Dinner-Giving, Table Etiquette, Care of the Sick, Health Suggestions, Facts Worth Knowing, etc. 1905. That ought to cover it, don’t you think?

Full disclosure

I checked this out of the library to see if I liked it. I luved it. So I asked the publisher to provide a free giveaway book, they obliged.

Giveaway instructions

It is so easy.

1. Leave a comment below by February 21, 2010.

2. Carefully enter your email. More than once a giveaway winner has had a nonfunctioning email, and I have had to choose a second winner. That isn’t fun for you or for me. Please make sure I can contact you.

3. A winner will be announced February 22, 2010. I’ll update this post with the name of the winner.

Update 2-23-2010 Patty was the lucky winner, and the book is on it’s way to her now.

14 thoughts on “The Un-Constipated Gourmet Book Review and Giveaway”

  1. Confuscious say “He who eats too many prunes, sits on toilet many moons”. Are there many prune recipes in this book? I sure could use them and any other recipes that get me going. Would love to win this.