Becky lived a life of stomach troubles and headaches starting as a little child. Back in the 60s and 70s, the limited tests conducted on her never revealed what was happening inside her body. It wasn’t until many years later that Becky finally discovered what was causing the turmoil–gluten.
With gluten out of her diet, she soon began to feel better. Her gastrointestinal problems, headaches, irritability, mood swings, sores, and joint pain all went away. She now had energy and realized she was feeling like normal people do.
Becky loved playing in the kitchen and attempting to duplicate family recipes and cookbook recipes without gluten; the challenge of acquiring the texture and taste of “normal’ food was pure fun. Becky had a unique upbringing living in the Ozarks and the book is full of little family anecdotes which are truly charming. She openly lets you into her life.
This cookbook seems to keep the traditions of the Ozarks alive, yet in a gluten-free way. The book has recipes I have never seen before and never dreamed of. Many are family recipes or Becky’s original adaptations of recipes. A lot of work went into her kitchen; she relied on her neighbors, friends, and husband, Gene, to give her or deny her a thumbs up to let her know if her recipes were a hit or a miss, heading back to the stove if need be.
The result is a cookbook with family stories, pictures, and, of course, recipes I can guarantee you’ll be amazed with. Many of the recipes are quick to make, just as the title says—“Fast and Yummy.”
Becky’s husband, Gene Pierson, said Becky is no longer with us, but he believes God led her to write this book. In April and May of 2009 the two of them traveled to many support groups and health food stores promoting the book and doing book signings. She’d often asked him why God let her have this disease. He feels he knows why, and it’s because she truly touched and helped so many lives through the creation and result of this very cookbook.
Profits from this book will help support the release of the book she finished before her passing, Little Farm in the Ozarks. This new book includes Becky’s favorite recipe her mother used on the farm.
From our home to yours, Tina Turbin.