Re: Question about Common Meals - Cooking for Celiacs
From: Diana E Carroll (
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2009 08:21:17 -0700 (PDT)

On 7/14/2009 11:04 AM, Douglas G. Larson wrote:
I personally believe that honoring all dietary restrictions of community
members, regardless of how difficult that is, is one of the best, if not the
best, community building actions any community can take.

I don't think it would be possible or desirable to have every meal meet the needs of every person in our community. In some cases, those needs are almost opposite. We have amongst our number people who don't or can't eat gluten (which precludes many things beyond just bread and pasta), dairy, meat, fish, eggs, onions, peanuts, as well as people on low-carb diets, low fat diets, who prefer whole grains, etc. Plus the fact that we have plain old picky eaters (most of the kids, for example).

Trying to come up with a meal to meet every single person's needs would put a great burden on the meal's cook. We are a small community trying to do as many shared meals as possible (currently about 2 a week) and we have trouble enough recruiting enough cooks without also expecting great feats of culinary wizardry. (I'm usually pretty much at my limit preparing veg. and non-veg versions of gluten-free meals I actually like!)

- Diana
Mosaic Commons

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