"Ask A Chef" is part of an on-going series in which we pose a single question to a local culinary luminary.
May is Celiac Awareness Month , so it seems only appropriate to seek out Boulder blogger Elana Amsterdam , who was diagnosed with celiac disease long before most people had heard the term gluten-free. Amsterdam has become a go-to resource for the alternative diet (her blog regularly sees more than 500,000 unique visitors a month) and she has written three books: the Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook  (Random House, 2009), Gluten-Free Cupcakes  (2011), and Paleo Cooking From Elana's Pantry  (2013).
5280: What advice would you give someone who is looking to adapt a gluten-free diet?
EA: Don’t give up. Give it 60 days, and you’ll see improvement in both your health and in how you feel. I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1998, and went gluten-free then. My health and digestion improved, but I still had a long way to go. I went grain free in 2001, eliminating gluten as well as all grains including rice, corn, quinoa, and millet, and I feel so much better without digesting grain. I feel like certain people can’t digest grain, and I’m one of them.
Dish tip: Food editor Amanda M. Faison has made Amsterdam's recipe for fig tapenade with walnut crackers  many times.
—Photo courtesy of Elana’s Pantry