After 15 years of eating and cooking gluten free, Carol Kicinski founded Simply Gluten Free in 2007 as a gluten-free recipe and lifestyle blog and website – her thousands of fans have made it a #1 Google site. Its purpose is to educate, assist and inspire those with celiac disease or intolerance to gluten, dairy, peanut, grain or other allergenic elements, and also those with vegan preferences.
To date, she has motivated millions to live HAPPY allergen-free lives! Carol’s core philosophy is “Look at the world of food in terms of what I CAN eat – not what I can’t!” Her recipe motto is “Gluten-free recipes that are not just “good for gluten-free” but just plain GOOD, period!!”
In 2010 Carol started the highly successful Gluten-free Global Community – putting hundreds of gluten-free bloggers World Wide in communication with each other. She also pioneered “gluten-free” in China in 2009.
Carol is America’s first gluten-free (only) TV Chef with a monthly segment on the NBC Tampa based nationally syndicated show Daytime where she has appeared since July 2009. (Daytime is nationally syndicated to 1.1 million households.) She was the featured cookbook author on QVC’s Gluten Free Special in April 2011. Speaker at the Gluten-Free and Allergen-Free EXPO (Chicago, April 2011)
Her cookbook, Simply…Gluten Free Desserts, (Thomas Dunne Books, 2011) is rich with 150 delectable recipes for cupcakes, cookies, pies, sweet breads, puddings, cakes and ice creams – all gluten free and many dairy-free as well. Carol is currently releasing her second cookbook, Simply…Gluten Free Quick Meals (Thomas Dunne Books, 2012) She recently completed contributing recipe development for Cooking Light – The Gluten-Free Cookbook (Cooking Light, 2011). She is a monthly contributor to Martha Stewart’s Whole Living. Carol also developed her own high quality pastry gluten-free flour blend that TASTES and BAKES like regular flour.
In a professional career prior to her recipe development, Carol was ahead of the sustainable energy curve as she was the Financial Controller for a $32M Solar Corporation. As a humanitarian and adventurer, Carol has assisted the National Red Cross around the world and was one of the first responders at Katrina’s Central Command assisting the troops. She’s lived to tell about being charged by elephants and rhinos (literally) and has dived with Great White sharks in Africa.
Fun, interesting and adventurous, Carol’s simplest passion is making “that great recipe” and having someone else make it, and love it!