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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Healthy Dairy-Free Eating


A new lactose intolerance cookbook is always a treat to announce, especially since they come around so infrequently these days.

The latest is Healthy Dairy-Free Eating: 100 Delicious Recipes from Breakfast to a Late-Night Snack by an Expert Team of Chef and Dietician Mini C with Tanya Haffner, RD. Mini C is the chef's full name. I'm sure there's a story behind it.

According to the press release:

Mini C was Chef Patron of the renowned Busabong restaurant in London’s Chelsea. She is consultant chef and the “face of Thailand” for Blue Dragon products. She is a regular on UKTV’s Great Food Live and demonstrates at shows in the UK and abroad such as the BBC Good Food Show. Tanya Haffner is a leading registered dietitian, nutritionist, and health writer with a wealth of experience in dairy-free eating. She writes regularly for the health press, appears frequently on radio and TV, and presents and runs numerous events. She runs the private Nutrilicious clinic in London, England.

Though the team is British, the book is available from the usual American outlets. It covers an introduction to lactose intolerance along with a selection of dairy-free alternative meals.
Rather than regarding a dairy-free diet as prohibitive, this collection of recipes explores the many and delicious opportunities that dairy-free eating provides. Classic dishes that contain dairy have been reinvented, so that you can still enjoy lasagna, quiche, ice-cream, and even cheesecake!

Tanya Haffner uses the first part of the book to discuss the many benefits of a dairy-free diet, and the many symptoms that it may help relieve with a great deal of attention paid to IBS, ADD, and ADHD. She also explains and discusses lactose intolerance which affects millions of Americans, its symptoms and diagnosis. With advice on the wide range of dairy alternatives available and with a section on shopping and cooking tips, Haffner breaks down practical information in a clear and helpful style, ensuring that all your questions about a healthy, dairy-free diet are fully answered.

The next part of the book is filled with Chef Mini C’s delicious dairy-free recipes that have been devised specifically to please the palate while managing symptoms. Recipes include lactose-free versions of old favorites, and exciting, newly created recipes such as Polenta with Wild Mushrooms and Spaghetti Squash, Macaroni with Roast Cherry Tomatoes, Baked Marinated Sea Bass with Mashed Sweet Potatoes, and Black Sticky Rice Pudding with Coconut.

Kyle Books
List price: $16.95
144 pages

Please note that this appears to be either a reprint, reissue, or rewriting of a 2005 book of the same title by Mini C and a dietitian named Tanya Carr, who may be the same person as Tayna Huffner.

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