The Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free Kitchen (and Asian Chicken Skewers with Spicy Peanut Sauce)

The Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free Kitchen by Denise Jardine is an upcoming cookbook with recipes designed for gluten-free and dairy-free living. I received an advance copy from the publishers, Ten Speed Press; it is officially released next month – January 3rd, 2012. Previously published as The Dairy-Free Kitchen, it’s been updated by the author, a certified nutrition educator, to also make it gluten-free (and wheat-free) as gluten and dairy sensitivities are often related and as more awareness and understanding is gained about gluten and dairy sensitivities and intolerances and diagnosing them.

In addition to all the recipes being 100% gluten-free and dairy-free, the recipes also include modifications to make the recipes without common allergens such as soy, using a coding system. (It is recognized that those who have food intolerances often have multiple food allergies.) There are also recipes for staples like a gluten-free flour mix for baking and desserts, how to make your own non-dairy nut milk and nut cheese, among others.

If you’re new to living dairy-free or gluten-free, or both, extensive information is included explaining about dairy issues, tips for how to recognize different dairy labels, and dairy substitutes. This is also done for gluten, explaining what it is, and explaining celiac disease and how it is sometimes connected with lactose intolerance, as well as gluten sensitivity and wheat allergy. There are also guidelines for navigating your way and identifying gluten-free products, including food labels, a list of common additives and other ingredients that gluten may hide in (besides foodstuff, this list also includes makeup products like lipstick and other products such as over the counter medications and vitamin mineral supplements).

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