If you or a loved one have allergies or an intolerance to gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, and sesame, or if you know someone who does, Cybele Pascal’s newest cookbook Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking is for you!
All of the recipes are made without the eight most common allergens (sesame was a surprise to me – I had no idea!) and are simple to make, without using unusual ingredients or heavily relying on store-bought products that substitute for “the real thing”. Two recipes that immediately jumped out at me were the Homemade Gnocchi (page 47) and Mu Shu Pork (page 142). Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking is neatly organized into clear, concise categories and there is something for everyone, no matter what you could be allergic to. One particular category all families will love, especially those with young children, is Takeout at Home. There’s even a recipe for a gluten-free version of an In-N-Out Burger!
I am giving away 1 copy of Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking, which the publishers have generously offered to ship to the winner.
This giveaway is open to US and Canadian citizens. To enter the giveaway, simply fill in the form below*. Please include your name and a valid, working email address that you check frequently. The winner will be picked at random using random.org on April 15th, 2013. The winner will be notified and contacted by the email address provided and will be asked for a shipping address. A copy of Allery-Free and Easy Cooking will be shipped to the winner by the publishers Ten Speed Press. If the winner doesn’t respond within 48 hours, another winner will be randomly chosen.
*Since changing the settings for comments, I’m trying out using a form for the giveaway instead and seeing how it goes. This is based on feedback that I received on Twitter and Facebook.
Giveaway is now closed. The winner is Amanda!
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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