As you all may know by now, I am a student at Johnson & Wales University in Providence RI. I am currently finishing up my Associates of Arts degree in Culinary Arts, and also starting my Bachelors of Arts degree in Culinary Nutrition with concentrations in Clinical/Dietetics, Culinary Food Science (Product Research and Development), Leadership Studies, and Biological Studies. Johnson & Wales University has been my dream school since high school, and some days it is still hard for me to believe that I am here fulfilling my dream. Most people look at me funny when I say I have Celiac Disease and I am in Culinary School, but honestly this was a great decision. Not only am I learning but my fellow classmates and my chefs are learning more and more about Celiac Disease, cross contamination, and alternative ways to prepare dishes.The last year and a half-year or so of school has been great, and I have learned so much being here. Not just about culinary, but also about myself. I have realized that I am actually a good student…I currently hold a 3.95/4.0 gpa. Which for me is a HUGE accomplishment. It’s not as thought I was a horrible student in high school but my “guidance” counselor told me I shouldn’t bother applying to college, nice huh? So I just didn’t try much after that.
So here I am 30 years old, starting my bachelors degree at my dream school and trying to find a way to leave my mark. According to some people I missed out on the “whole college experience” but not attending while I was younger, living on campus, and being more involved with organizations, clubs, etc. I think if I did attend when I was younger I would not have achieved what I have to date. Being where I am right now in life, I know what I want, and I know what I need to do to get there. For me at least, this was a smart decision – and I know this doesn’t apply to everyone. The one regret that I do have and will have when I graduate and move on is the lack of being involved with my campus. The way my school is set up makes it difficult for me to join clubs, and be involved. All meetings are at 8:00 at night and living where we do, it just doesn’t work out…ever.
So I have come up with another way to leave my mark, by helping Johnson & Wales expand their allergy friendly section in the culinary library. Currently there is a VERY limited selection of books, most of which are quite old and a lot has changed in allergy awareness, allergy cookbooks, especially gluten-free cookbooks. The culinary library is awesome! It’s every chef or cooks dream library, so many amazing cookbooks, books, journals, magazines, etc. there for you to drool over. How cool would it be to have a fantastic allergy/gluten section as a resource to the students, chefs, and staff members of Johnson & Wales Providence Campus? I know this may seem small, but in the long run this is huge. It is not only a resource but also another way to bring more awareness of allergies especially in a Culinary School!! How great would it be to leave a “gluten-free mark”?
Will help me expand the culinary library?
Are you a cookbook author that specializes in allergy friendly/free recipes: egg free, dairy free, soy free, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, nutrition, Celiac Disease etc.
Are you a publisher that distributes books specializing in allergy friendly/free recipes: egg free, dairy free, soy free, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, nutrition, Celiac Disease, etc.
Do you have multiples of certain cookbooks that fit into these categories? allergy friendly/free recipes: egg free, dairy free, soy free, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, nutrition, Celiac Disease, etc.
Looking for cookbooks that include: baking and pastry recipes, entrees, sides, appetizers, soups, and are nutritionally sound/based, etc.
Any and all donations are greatly appreciated!! If you are interested in helping me build this library and leave a gluten-free and allergy friendly mark at Johnson & Wales Providence, please send me an e-mail at CreativeCookingGF@Gmail.Com
I am asking that all donations be sent directly to myself so I can bring them in group to present to the library. If you do have a donation I will provide you with my mailing address in a personal e-mail. A few months ago one blogger and author donated two copies of her book and the library was extremely happy to receive them and to expand their current selections!!
PLEASE feel free to share this with anyone you know that may be interested in helping! Thank you. ~ Jenny