When you get right down to it, the ideal gluten-free diet is simply a Mediterranean diet without the wheat. It's really all about good nutrition, with lots of natural, fresh ingredients, not much meat, and thinking out of the box. Literally. You don't have to give up breads or desserts — you can make outstanding versions with alternative flours. In fact, gluten-free cooking can be so exciting, healthful, and delicious that everyone at the table will be happy, gluten-intolerant or not.