Daniel Ahern of Gluten Free Girl and the Chef - Biography

Seattle, WA

August 2011

After a revelatory diagnosis of Celiac disease, Shauna James Ahern changed her diet—and her life. Having lived with seemingly endless sickness, fatigue, and difficulty eating for so many years, James Ahern was transformed physically and psychologically by her new gluten-free lifestyle. The experience was unexpectedly liberating. Rather than feeling restricted by her diet, James Ahern felt as if she had woken up to a world of unexplored culinary possibilities. Celiac made her pay attention to the world of food as she never had before.

A lifelong writer, James Ahern began chronicling her gluten-free culinary experiences almost immediately upon being diagnosed, resulting in the popular website GlutenFreeGirl.com. When she met her husband, Chef Daniel Ahern, in 2007, she not only took on his name, but she added his moniker—and expertise—to her already extremely popular website. Before becoming executive chef at The Hardware Store on Vashon Island, Washington, Ahern worked as far away as Gramercy Tavern in New York and Papillon in Denver. And since meeting James Ahern, and wanting to share everything he creates with her, Ahern transitioned his menu from partially to completely gluten-free, proving that so-called “restricted” diets are not by default restricted in sophistication or flavor.

Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef has been named one of the best food sites in the world by Gourmet.com, BonAppetit.com, and The London Times, as well as being named one of the 20 best blogs by and for women by The Sunday Telegraph. And James Ahern recently transformed the content of her website to book form. Gluten Free Girl: How I Found the Food That Loves Me Back is now in paperback form. And her second book, Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef: A Love Story in 100 Tempting Recipes, written with her husband, was published in the fall of 2010.