Some more general comments about gout. Its a males disease, females can't usually get gout until twenty years after menopause. Males usually come down with gout in their mid thirties or later. The disease is associated with rich people, but in fact is associated with rich food diets - lots of alcohol, refined and or fast foods, and certain foods high in purines. Asprin, and Soft drinks high in fructose from corn are not good for us humans with gout. The pain of a gout attack is often compared to that of childbirth.
The severity of an attack is different for each person and so is their history of attacks. For me an attack would mean several days of using crutches with a recovery of two weeks, yet I know people that have much less pain in their attacks that would last a day or two. I havn't had an attack in the last 15 years, yet a friend has had attacks over the last thirty years. Repeated attacks can cause long term damage to the joints.
Ken you summed it up best "healthy living" is the overall answer to dealing with gout.
Monty I have started looking for instant lentils soups, thanks for the tip.
Laurie you are right in saying that it makes diet planning difficult, but not as difficult as those people with complicated food allergies or diabetics. Fat consumption can be a problem, and is based more on the total fat consumed from all foods such as milk, cookies and nuts. I add olive oil to my backpacking dinners and this is not a problem. I also make a meal that has miso, olive and sesame oils, plus pine nuts and it has never been a problem. Your suggestion of soaking lentils in cold water is a good one, and something I must try. Laurie inquiring minds want to know whats the new project ?