Book Review: The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet

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To my mind, The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet, by Sue Shepherd, Ph.D. and Peter Gibson, M.D. is a book that is long overdue here in the States.  Drs. Shepherd and Gibson are the primary researchers in the ground-breaking area of the benefits of a low FODMAP diet for IBS.  Patsy Catsos, M.S. R.D. L.D. certainly beat them out of the gate with her book, IBS--Free at Last.  While I think that Ms.

Catsos' book is excellent, The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet offers something that is of unique value and therefore would serve as a wonderful complement to the Catsos book.

The Shepherd/Gibson book does a nice job of explaining how and why a low FODMAP diet would be beneficial to many IBS patients.  Their in-depth experience with the subject permeates throughout the book, as they offer many practical suggestions for following the diet, including food lists, meal plans, recipes and tips for navigating real-life situations.  What makes this book a stand-out is the stunning photography and a sense that following a low FODMAP diet can actually be luxurious!

About the Authors

Sue Shepherd, Ph.D. is a dietician and research scientist.  Peter Gibson, M.D. is a gastroenterologist, professor and research scientist.  They are the prime developers and researchers in the area of the effect of a low FODMAP diet on IBS symptoms.

Strong Points

  • Easy to read, with easy to follow suggestions
  • Practical tips for managing the diet within one's lifestyle
  • Offers research-proven dietary suggestions for IBS
  • Mouth-watering-inducing photos are placed throughout the book
  • Gourmet recipes show that this is not a diet of deprivation


  • Recipes look delicious, but complex
  • Many of the recipes are baked goods or desserts - not necessarily good for an overall healthy diet

Is This Book for You?

If you are interested in following a low FODMAP diet for your IBS, this book should absolutely be on your bookshelf.  If you like to cook, you will want to keep it in your kitchen!  

What I love most about the low FODMAP diet for IBS, is that it allows you to eat healing vegetables, fruits and whole grains with confidence.  For far too long, people with IBS found that eating "healthy foods" made their symptoms worse.  Choosing low FODMAPs foods offers such a wonderful alternative to a bland diet, and more importantly, allows you to take in the kinds of foods that are helpful for improving digestive health.  This book will definitely guide you in fitting the diet into your lifestyle in a way that feels easy and natural.

Disclosure: A review copy was provided by the publisher.