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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Prize-Winning Multi-Lingual Phrase Passport

The Multi-Lingual Phrase Passport, part of the Let's Eat Out! Your Passport to Living Gluten and Allergy Free series, has won a Best Books 2006 National Award in the Language Guides category from, according to a press release on

The innovative pocket-sized guide empowers travelers with food allergies, celiac disease, and those following specialized diets to safely eat outside the home. The award-winning "Passport" includes over 1,200 food allergen phrases about corn, dairy, eggs, fish, gluten, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat to confidently travel in foreign language-speaking countries.

These considerations outline ingredients, food preparation techniques, dining requests, breakfast dishes and health statements. Each phrase has been translated into French, German, Italian and Spanish by a professional translation service and validated by native speakers to ensure accuracy and contemporary cultural idioms.

Additionally, Let's Eat Out! Your Passport to Living Gluten and Allergy Free has been recognized as a award-winning finalist for Best Health/Diet Book. Based on 4-plus years of research, this first-of-its-kind book is the foundation of the "Let's Eat Out!" series. Designed to help people dine out safely, whether around the corner or around the world, it is also a 2006 Benjamin Franklin Award finalist for Best Health Book and Best First Book Non-Fiction.

The nearly 500-page full-color book is co-authored by Kim Koeller and Robert La France, who collectively have traveled over 2 million miles and dined in 30-plus countries on four continents. Koeller, with an MBA in international management, is a celiac businesswoman managing over a dozen food-related allergies while eating 80 percent of her meals away from home. La France is a restaurant industry veteran, with a passion for the culinary arts, who brings a unique understanding of how restaurant staffs can accommodate guests with special dietary needs.

Below are links to the winning book and the rest of the series at, which appear to be good guides for those with lactose intolerance, dairy allergies, or other food sensitivities or restrictions.

Multi-Lingual Phrase Passport

Let's Eat Out!: Your Passport to Living Gluten And Allergy Free

French and Italian Cuisine Passport

Chinese, Indian and Thai Cuisine Passport

For more information, take a look at their site, AllergyFree Passport.

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