Diagnosed with gluten intolerance over 20 years ago, Carol Kicinski then founded Simply Gluten Free in 2007 as a gluten-free recipe and lifestyle blog and website – her fans have made it one of the top gluten free websites – always on page #1 on Google for “gluten free” - receiving over 775,000 Page Views (over 25,000/day) from over 150,000 Absolutely Unique Visitors per month. Its purpose is to educate, assist and inspire those with celiac disease or a sensitivity to gluten, dairy, peanut, grain or other allergenic elements, and also assist those with vegetarian, vegan, paleo & raw preferences. Voted One of the Top 60 Must-Read Health Blogs in America today (2012) – the only gluten-free blog.
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. Then in 2012 she started the Celiac Support Groups Community with hundreds of American and International groups represented. In 2009 she pioneered “gluten-free” in China.
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 – now in her 4th season. (Daytime is nationally syndicated to 191 TV stations and Dish TV reaching 97.1 million TV households) She was the featured cookbook author on QVC’s Gluten Free Special in April 2011. Featured Speaker at the Gluten-Free and Allergen-Free EXPO in Chicago (April 2011) and also in Dallas (Aug 2011). Educational Speaker at the Southeast Natural Products Expo (SOHO) (Dec 2012). Many Celebrity appearances and Cooking Classes throughout America (2009 – 2013).
Being at the center of the heart-beat of the gluten-free health sector, she is an advocate who represents the industry - addressing its growth, marketing and consumer attitudes. Her articles & recipes have appeared in print in well over a hundred of America’s newspapers & magazines.
Making in her own kitchen and publishing over 850 recipes to date, her best selling cookbook, Simply…Gluten Free Desserts, (Thomas Dunne Books, 2011) is rich with delectable recipes for cupcakes, cookies, pies, sweet breads, puddings, cakes and ice creams – all gluten free. Carol’s second cookbook, Simply...Gluten Free Quick Meals (Thomas Dunne Books, April 2012) is enjoying robust sales. She has been a monthly recipe contributor to Martha Stewart’s Whole Living (2011-2013).
In August 2012, Carol launched the magazine SIMPLY GLUTEN FREE – a full lifestyle high-quality printed magazine for subscribers and store sales with a full digital version with the purpose of providing gluten free and various other diets with the information and inspiration in order to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. It enjoys robust sales in Barnes & Noble, Whole Foods Markets, Fresh Market, Wegmans, Krogers, Target and hundreds of Health Food Stores across America.
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 South Africa.
Fun, interesting, accomplished and adventurous, Carol’s simplest passion is making “that great recipe” and having someone else make it, and love it!