Steamboat resident creates cookbook, promises ‘Damn Good’ recipes for a healthier lifestyle

Peggy Curry holds a copy of her cookbook "Damn Good Gluten Free" at her home in downtown Steamboat Springs Wednesday Sept. 7, 2022. The author will be at the Off the Beaten Path Bookstore from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.
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For nearly three decades, Peggy Curry’s passion for food has fueled her personal projects. Now, she wants to share her recipes for better health in a new cookbook, “Damn Good Gluten Free.”

“For 30 years, I’ve been teaching people how to eat for their health,” said Curry, who splits her time between Manhattan Beach, California, and Steamboat Springs. “I started teaching people how to eat for their health because my mother had breast cancer. She fought it for 11 years, and I saw how food really made a difference for her until she passed away.”

During that time, Curry started reaching out to people and offering instruction on how eating better foods could change their lives.

“I started teaching people how to eat for their health, teaching  parents how to cook and nourish their kids and their families,” Curry said. “I want to help people really look at this whole aspect of food and how it can heal, how it brings families together. The family dinner table is huge when raising families, especially in this fast-paced world.”

Her passion to introduce people to the power of food led to several endeavors including Evy’s Garden, which produces an organic marinara sauce named after her mother, Evy Rosenbloom, who died 1994.

Curry also co-founded GrowingGreat and developed a curriculum that is used by the nonprofit as it pursues its goal of empowering children to make healthy food choices through hands-on science and garden education. Curry said the organization’s programs have expanded across the United States in the past 23 years, reaching hundreds of thousands of children and their families.

Then 12 years ago, after Curry and her four daughters were all diagnosed as gluten intolerant, she joined her daughter Megan Curry to create Curry Girls Kitchen. The mission was to help people discover a healthy lifestyle by offering delicious gluten-free recipes, one-on-one coaching, cooking classes, cleansing with food reset courses and cookbooks.

“It’s just my passion of helping people learn how to nourish their bodies, how to eat for their health and how to have a relationship around food,” Curry said.

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On Saturday, Sept. 10, Curry will introduce Steamboat Springs to her book, “Damn Good Gluten Free” during a book-signing event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Off the Beaten Path. She will sign copies of the book, which was released earlier this year, and share the 30-year journey that is reflected in its pages.

The book will be available at Off the Beaten Path.

“The beautiful thing with this book is that it is my tool,” Curry said. “We need those beneficial fats, beneficial proteins, beneficial carbs that are going to actually help us do the job that we want to do. Whether you’re in school, whether you’re at work, whether you’re a homemaker, whatever it is, your brain is connected to your gut. We know this today.”

Curry said she wanted the book to be more than just recipes. She wanted it to be a guide to help people make the right choices in their search for healthy food and offer tips on how people should set up their kitchen, as well as 140 adaptable recipes that are not just gluten-free, but are also dairy free, vegan, vegetarian, plant-based and paleo.

“Every recipe has a variation, so no matter what your condition is or what your palate enjoys or what you choose to eat, you can make one meal and everyone is happy at the table,” Curry said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re gluten free or not. This is whole food diet, no matter what preference you have, it’s damn good for everybody.”

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