The Lactose Intolerance Clearinghouse Has Moved.

My old website can be found at www.stevecarper.com/li I am no longer updating the site, so there will be dead links. The static information provided by me is still sound.

For quick offline reference, you can purchase Planet Lactose: The Best of the Blog as an ebook on Smashwords.com or Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com or a whole lot of other places that Smashwords is suppose to distribute the book to. Almost 100,000 words on LI, allergies, milk products, milk-free products, and the genetics of intolerance, along with large helpings of the weirdness that is the Net.

I suffer the universal malady of spam and adbots, so I moderate comments here. That may mean you'll see a long lag before I remember to check the site and approve them. Despite the gap, you'll always get your say. I read every single one, and every legitimate one gets posted.


Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Gluten-Free Girl Is Back ... and Married

Hey remember the blogger Shauna James Ahern, the Gluten-Free Girl?

She's been busy since I wrote about her. She's continued her blog, gor married, and now has a cookbook out with her husband. In hardcover no less, Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, by Shauna James Ahern and Daniel Ahern.




Product Description
The first cookbook from the author of Gluten-Free Girl and GlutenFreeGirl.com

Combining tempting recipes with an authentic love story, Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef is a narrative cookbook for anyone who loves food.

A must-have for those who need to eat gluten-free, this cookbook offers irresistible stories and plenty of mouth-watering meals. From the authors of the much-loved food blog, Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef, the book includes evocative photos, cooking techniques, and 100 chef-tested recipes that are sure to give joy in the belly.

•Illustrates the working day of a talented chef and what he does to put delicious food on the plate
•Contains great-tasting recipes that everyone can cook and eat
•Meant to be read cover to cover

Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef inspires anyone who has to eat gluten-free to say yes to the food he or she can eat.



Wiley Hardback
288 pages
List Price: $29.95

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Animal Glandular Products


"Search" is the most amazing aspect of the Internet. Forget about YouTube or FailBlog. It's when you enter terms into Search that you find the things that prove that solipsism can't be true. Your mind could never invent these, so it's impossible that the universe is a figment of your imagination.

Don't believe me? Then believe your eyes. I present Animal Glandular Products: Milk, Camel, Infant Formula, Lactose Intolerance, Ambergris, Chocolate Milk, Lanolin, Dairy Farming, Milkshake.

Milkshake?

Product Description
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Frijj?

It's a brand name of milkshake. And the madness comes full circle.

Available at BooksLLC.net

PDF download
336 pages
Reprinted: 2010, General Books, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
List price: $9.99

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Primal Blueprint Cookbook

The Stone Age Diet is like the DC Comics villian, Vandal Savage, an immortal remnant of the paleolithic that just keeps coming back.

The latest booster is Mark Sisson, another self-invented fitness guru, whose blog and website boosts the Primal Blueprint.

And there is a Primal Blueprint Cookbook as well.



The popularity of the low carb/paleo/Primal way of eating has exploded, as people discover an appealing and sustainable alternative to the restrictive diets and flawed conventional wisdom that lead to burnout and failed weight loss efforts. Until now, high-quality cookbooks written for this growing community simply haven't existed. The dream of eating satisfying meals—even on a budget—controlling weight and feeling great has now become a reality. Make your transition to Primal eating easy and fun with this innovative cookbook from Primal Blueprint author Mark Sisson, and acclaimed chef/food writer/photographer Jennifer Meier. Included are over 100 mouth-watering recipes with easy-to-follow instructions and nearly 400 brilliant, glossy, full-color photographs to guide and inspire you to cooking and eating Primally.

Convenience: Save time with intuitive recipe steps, easy navigation, and great visual support. Find recipes quickly in the following categories: Meat, Offal, Fowl, Seafood, Vegetables, Eggs, Primal Substitutes, Marinades, Sauces and Dressings, Desserts, Beverages.

Effortless Weight Loss: As detailed in the Primal Blueprint, losing excess body fat is all about insulin. Regulate insulin production by eliminating grains and sugars and you will lose weight, even if you don't exercise much or are cursed with the "fat gene". Easier said than done, right? Well, the Primal Blueprint cookbook shows you how to transition from great American grain-based diet to a Primal diet featuring meat, seafood, fowl, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. All of these Primal recipes have a naturally low glycemic impact, keeping your insulin levels—and thus your waistline—in check.

No Pasta, No Bread, No Rice, No Beans, No Kidding!: As you build momentum for Primal eating, you'll find that you won't even miss the bland, boring, low-fat foods that previously were the central focus of your diet. How can you argue with a menu that includes Roasted Leg of Lamb with Herbs and Garlic, Salmon Chowder with Coconut Milk, Tomatoes Stuffed with Ground Bison and Eggs, and Baked Chocolate Custard? This isn’t a crash course diet. These and the other Primal recipes provide the foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating, high energy and protection from common health problems that arise from eating SAD (Standard American Diet).


Primal Nutrition, Inc. Hardcover
278 pages
List price: $29.99

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Monday, September 27, 2010

The Wild Vegan Cookbook


The Wild Vegan Cookbook: A Forager's Culinary Guide (in the Field or in the Supermarket) to Preparing and Savoring Wild (and Not So Wild) Natural Foods, by "Wildman" Steve Brill.

OK, who reading that immediately leapt to the thought that the book was published by Harvard Common Press? No, you didn't. Put your hand down.

Not that the publisher has anything to do with the University. It puts out cookbooks and parenting guides. Still.

Anyway, here's what it says about the Wildman:

Leading American foraging expert “Wildman” Steve Brill has been guiding foraging tours in and around New York City since 1982. He has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and Today, and has been profiled in numerous publications, including The New York Times.


Claire Hopley of the Amherst Bulletin has this to say about the huge book.
At 445 pages plus a lengthy section of tables and weights and measures, this book is quite a tome, and readers new to foraging will be amazed at how much there is out there that we can eat. OK we know about mushrooms and crab apples and wild blueberries; we know there are fiddleheads in the spring and blackberries in the fall. But who knew about Curly Dock and Wineberries? Who knew that daylily and cattail shoots were edible, or where to find wild cabbage or knotweed -- the latter described as "one of the premier wild foods of Spring?" Who knew that common spicebush berries taste like allspice?

This book is an encyclopedia of answers to these questions, and also a fascinating compendium of recipes. You don't actually have to go out and gather stuff from the wayside -- often you can buy or grow cultivated forms -- but this being the season for wild mushrooms, you may want to check out the many mushroom recipes.


Harvard Common Press trade paperback
528 pages
List price: $27.95

The book was originally published in hardcover as The Wild Vegetarian Cookbook.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook

Claire Hopley in the Amherst Bulletin wrote about several new cookbooks that included a couple I thought I'd pass along.

One is Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook: A Seasonal, Vegetarian Cookbook, "by Shutesbury author and culinary teacher Leslie Cerier. ... [R]eaders will enthuse about a book that introduces an array of appetizing recipes that use grains that lack gluten: amaranth, buckwheat, corn, millet, oats, quinoa, rice, sorghum, teff, and wild rice."

Gluten-free is not the same as dairy-free, of course, but many people with celiac disease also develop lactose intolerance, so there is an overlap between our populations and usually an overlap in recipes.



Product Description
A gluten-free diet can help you feel more energetic, improve digestion, aid in weight loss, and dramatically improve the symptoms of many mental and physical health disorders. It's no wonder that more and more people, both with wheat allergies and without, are discovering the health benefits of going gluten-free. In Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook, Leslie Cerier, 'The Organic Gourmet,' presents over 100 remarkably delicious recipes for easy-to-make, gluten-free, vegetarian meals. You'll learn to create delectable, high-protein breakfasts, dinners, desserts, and more, use organic and seasonal ingredients to put a fresh twist on your favorite family recipes, and come up with your own original gluten-free creations.

• Whip up tasty grab-and-go meals and snacks
• Get tips for using organic and seasonal ingredients to make gluten-free food even more delicious
• Enjoy pancakes and waffles, casseroles, pastas, and pastries-all made without gluten
• Get creative with the wealth of recipe variations and ideas in this book

From the Publisher
'The Green Chef,' Leslie Cerier, presents Gluten-Free Recipes for the Conscious Cook, a vegetarian cookbook filled with recipes for gluten-free, delicious meals the whole family can enjoy. The book includes tips on seasonal cooking, adapting family recipes to accommodate celiac disease, and incorporating wholesome organic ingredients for optimal nutrition.


New Harbinger Publications trade paperback
223 pages
List price: $17.95

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Another False Milk Claim

Another unique characteristic of Ronnybrook milk is that it's unhomogenized. Instead, the cream that naturally rises to the top of a glass jug of milk remains there, unless you decide to shake it up. The result, Osofsky explained, is milk that the body can more easily digest, especially for people who typically have trouble digesting lactose.

"We have a lot of families that drink our milk because they're lactose intolerant," he said.

The quote comes from an article by Jaclyn Bruntfield in the Harrison Patch.

The article is terrible for our purposes because Bruntfield never bothers to say whether the milk is "raw," i.e. unpasteurized, a claim that is often made - totally wrongly, in my estimation - for milk drinkable by those with lactose intolerance.

If possible, a claim that unhomogenized milk is safer for those with LI is even wronger.

Ignore it at your peril.

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Living Without Magazine Catches National Buzz


I've done a couple of mentions of Living Without magazine. It bills itself as the "magazine for people allergies and food sensitivities," which I assume is most of you reading this. Check out that link to their website for lots of recipes and other information.

The Washington Post has finally caught up to our world. A recent Health Scan column was about food allergies. A recent - but not the most recent - issue of Living Without got featured.

"Living Without," August/September issue

"Living Without," a magazine with a sad name, is for people with food allergies and sensitivities. The current issue features an interview with celebrity chef Ming Tsai, who owns the Boston-area restaurant Blue Ginger and serves as a national spokesman for the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network. When Tsai's 10-year-old son, David, was an infant, he tested positive for dairy, wheat, soy, egg, shellfish, nut and peanut allergies. "When your child has life-threatening food allergies, it's your number-one concern," Tsai says. "It affects everything." David's diagnosis made allergy awareness Tsai's calling, he says; Blue Ginger provides diners with detailed ingredient lists of every dish.

I don't understand why a national newspaper is so far behind the times. The new October/November issue is already out. If you want to take a look at its content, visit that page on their website. Some of the articles are only available to subscribers, but others, like the Spooky Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free Treats recipe are free to all.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Food Channel's Top 10 Snack Trends of 2010

At the same moment in a food world that features larger and larger meals - I heard something about a pizza-sized hamburger that I'm trying my best to ignore - the trend toward "healthier" foods - or least foods that can be marketed as healthier - runs on a loud parallel track.

Will real people in the real world actually switch over to snack foods that are healthy? Oh, a few will, and always have, but the majority? Not if history is a guide.

But that's the trend of the year, or so says the Food Channel. The website of the National Association of Convenience Stores naturally has a huge vested interest in the subject. And that's where I found this report.

The Food Channel has posted its Top 10 Snack Trends of 2010, based on research conducted by channel in conjunction with CultureWaves, the International Food Futurists and Mintel International. Here are the trends shaping how Americans snack.


1. Chip and Dip. The desire for change has morphed into a new array of artisanal chip-and-dip choices, such as hummus and falafel chips.

2. Small and Sensational. “Grazing is the new snacking,” the Food Channel said.

3. The Drink Shift. This trend encompasses the bevy of beverages made with fruit or antioxidants. Drinks have shifted away from colas and energy drinks to teas, lemonades, fruity organic waters and carbonated fruit drinks.

4. Goin’ Nuts. Nuts have been paired with granola and fruits, as well as appearing solo as smoked and salted. With more emphasis on how good nuts are for you, more people are grabbing a handful for snacking.

5. Fruits: The Low Hanging Snack. Fruit is noshed on fresh, dried and freeze-dried. New types of fruits have become trendy, such as the Amazon açai fruit. Fresh fruit is now the number one snack among kids aged 2 to 17.

6. Cruising the Bars. Granola bars have come out in a wide variety, such as dairy-free, gluten-free, non-GMO, organic, soy-free, cholesterol-free, trans-fat-free, and casein-free.

7. Sweet and Salty. Recently, snacks have embraced the sweet and salty all in one bite.

8. Yogurt, Redefined. International flavors, such as Greek yogurt, and the added value of probiotics has made yogurt new and exciting as a snack.

9. Bodaciously Bold. The spicier, the better for some snacks. Bland is out and bold is definitely in.

10. Nostalgia’s New Again. Old standbys like Snack Cakes, Hostess Twinkie, Ding Dongs, TastyKake, and Little Debbies have found new life these days.

Notice that dairy-free granola bars and lower-lactose Greek yogurt are on the list. That's about all the support we get. Well, that and fruits. Fruit is dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, and have all sorts of natural nutrients that as yet can't be found in pill form.

Fruit. The original snack food.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Top 50 Allergy Blogs. Guess Who's Number Five

What's the banner line under my title? "The latest news on avoiding dairy products if you are lactose intolerant, have milk allergies, are a vegan, or want to keep kosher."

I mean that. I don't concentrate on allergies specifically, but I try to provide as much information as I can gather specifically on dairy allergies and generally on food allergies that have info for those who want to avoid dairy.

That's why it was such a pleasant surprise to named one of the 50 Best Food Allergy Blogs by Nursing Schools.net.

Here's what they had to say, and the listing of their first five.


The following blogs, listed in no particular order, have lent their voices to the community at large as a means of shedding light on the undeniably challenging trials they must face. With deeply personal stories, recipes, research and commentary, they take to the web and find ways to quell the suffering of those for whom gluten/wheat, dairy, eggs, corn, soy, seafood, tree nuts, peanuts and much more may mean anything from short-term illness to death. Their perseverance, strength and sociopolitical efforts ought not go ignored or brushed aside.

However, please do not take the statements here as medical fact. What works in one patient may not necessarily prove worthwhile for another's needs. Nothing replaces expert consultation with a medical professional the blogs here merely provide support and suggestions.

1. The Food Allergy Queen

Kishari Sing loves food, even working as a caterer for a while. Unfortunately, she also suffers from a number of different allergies including rice, soy, tomatoes, garlic, wheat, tree nuts and much more. But she has applied her creativity and culinary experience to creating excellent recipes for others in her situation, and The Food Allergy Queen is essential reading because of it.

2. Food Allergy Assistant

Food Allergy Assistant provides detailed information on life with various food allergies, with plenty of resources available on support groups, coaches, recipes and more.

3. Please Don't Pass the Nuts

A social worker who both suffers from and works with food allergies keeps an absolutely essential blog about maneuvering through life saddled with such conditions. Anyone with any sort of food-related allergy or asthma needs to bookmark or subscribe immediately.

4. Allergy Moms

Parents of children with strict food allergies band together to exchange ideas, information and recipes to keep them as safe and healthy as possible. Be sure to check out the rest of the website as well!

5. Planet Lactose

Planet Lactose Publishing specializes in dairy-free, kosher and vegan cookbooks for anyone with staunch dietary restrictions. They keep a great blog to inform readers of their latest offerings.

If you're coming here from that blog and reading me for the first time, let me stress that I do much more than point you to the new cookbooks that you might want to check out. I list new dairy-free and lactose-free foods, report on clinical testing and new allergy symptom relief testing, correct mistakes made by overenthusiastic or overcredulous websites, and generally keep my eye open for anything and everything that you need to know.



I am an information provider. I don't review or do tastings or create recipes. Those other blogs on the list do a great job of that, I'm sure. My role is unique. I make sure that you get correct, up-to-date, factual treatments of critical issues. I'm not kind to those who don't live up to those standards. I've been writing about lactose intolerance and related issues for a quarter century, so I have a huge depth of experience to draw on.

I also have a website, Steve Carper's Lactose Intolerance Clearinghouse. I've pretty much stopped updating it since it was so much easier to post new information here in blog form. Even so, there are over 100 pages of information on it, and much of it is still as good as the day I started the site in the ancient era of 1997. Most of it's a lot newer, of course. You'll find many pages on books and dairy-free products there that can't be found in a single place elsewhere.

Want more? There's my gigantic book of earlier blog postings, revised and updated and sorted into convenient categories, at Planet Lactose Publishing.

And please stop back here again. I'll have something new and delightfully interesting for you to read.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Lactose-Free Milk in Denmark

Dairy Markets has a short squib up on its site that should be good news for my Danish readers.


Arla Foods has launched a lactose-free milk in Denmark, the first in a new line of lactose-free dairy products.

Official estimates suggest that between 3% and 6% of Danes suffer from lactose intolerance. But the product will also be aimed at those who think they have a problem and have therefore opted for non-dairy alternatives.

Arla is the huge UK manufacturer of Lactofree milk.

I can't find any additional information on this new Danish product. But let's face it. When you market a product who think they need it but don't really, the state of information about lactose intolerance is beyond nuts into surreal.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Lacidofil May Help Milk Allergy Symptoms

I try to be very skeptical of claims of allergy symptom relief from commercial products. Very few of them involve serious clinical testing of the product. When I see a favorable test, therefore, I have to pay attention. The makers of Lacidofil, a probiotic, put the product to a trial of real children with atopic dermatitis (AD) from milk allergy and it appears to have worked better than a topical cream.

The report of the conference paper can be found at NutraIngredients.com.

Researchers on a new study by Institut Rosell-Lallemand have reported that its Lacidofil probiotic supplement may reduce the severity of atopic dermatitis (AD) in children when used with a topical emollient, and increase antibodies against cow’s milk allergen IgG4. ...

The company set out to test its probiotic Lacidofil in young children with AD and cow’s milk allergy. The results of the study, led by Dr Chernyshov of Ukraine’s Medical University, were presented at the Joint International Symposium New Trends in Allergy VII and the 6th Rajka Symposium on Atopic Dermatitis in Munich last month.

The company says the study involved 58 children under the age of four years. All the children were treated with emollient cream and a bath preparation, while 30 also received one Lacidofil capsule a day for a month. The other 18 received a placebo.

The Lacidofil capsule contains a combination of Lactobacillus Rosell-11 and Lactobacillus Rosell-52 strains, and about 2 billion probiotic bacteria in total.

Dr Chernyshov used the SCORAD index to assess severity of AD, and also measured immunological parametres at day 0 and day 30.

Sixty three per cent of the children taking the probiotics were seen to have a marked reduction in AD severity, compared to 32.1 per cent of those in the placebo group.

Not only did those taking the probiotic tend to use less steroid cream, but those who used none at all also saw a reduction in AD severity.

A significant decrease of T-cells potentially associated with AD was observed, as well as an increase in IgG4, a subtype of antibodies directed against cow milk allergen and considered a marker for immune tolerance.

"Emollients and probiotics have different modes of action and could be combined with each other and with other medications in AD patients. Solutions with potential steroid-sparing effect in AD patients are extremely important," the company quotes the researchers as saying.

Lactofil is made by Xymogen.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

New UK Dairy-Free Chocolates


Just yesterday I posted about the Barry Callebaut chocolate site and today I have an announcement about a new dairy-free chocolate that the firm is making. Coincidence? I think not.

The press release can be found at the Food Ingredients First site.


Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality cocoa and chocolate products, says it brought the world’s first 100% dairy free alternative to milk chocolate to the market to add to the increasingly popular “Freefrom” food category. Due to the increased awareness of allergies and food intolerances on the one hand and continuous improvements in taste and quality of “Free-from” products on the other, the market grew strongly over the recent years. In 2010, the world market will grow 8.1%, according to Euromonitor. And the growth is expected to continue: from +9.4% (2011) up to +21.5% (2014).

The newly formulated guaranteed 100% dairy free alternative developed by Barry Callebaut offers the same color and smooth taste of milk chocolate, yet without any milk ingredients. This is extremely important for adults and children suffering from milk allergy. In addition, this innovation is a valuable alternative for those being lactose intolerant as well as for the increasing number of people excluding dairy or dairy ingredients like lactose from their diet out of personal belief or because of following specific lifestyle choices such as vegans or vegetarians.

With Celtic Chocolates, one of Ireland’s leading chocolatiers and long-term provider of gourmet chocolate for people with allergies and food intolerances, Barry Callebaut found an ideal partner to further develop and bring the 100% dairy free alternative to milk chocolate into the market.


Check out Celtic Chocolates for more information.

Celtic Chocolates Limited
Summerhill
Co Meath
Tel: +353 (0) 4695 57077
Fax: + 353 (0) 4695 57591
E mail: info@celticchocolates.eu

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Chocophilia

Barry Callebaut claims to be the "world’s leading supplier of high-quality cocoa and chocolate product." That's quite a claim. Europeans know the company through its personal brands - Sarotti in Germany, Jacques in Belgium, and Alprose in Switzerland - but it has partnerships with chocolate companies all over the world. And it has chocolate museums in Belgium and Switzerland. Now that's dedication.

If you've wanted to learn more about chocolate, from its history, to manufacturing, to the many health claims being put forward today for chocolate, click over to the site's Chocophilia section.

There's also a large page of chocolate recipes. Most use at least butter if not other dairy products, so you will have to experiment with substitutes if you try them.

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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Free eCookbook from Alisa Fleming

Alisa Fleming, of the massive site GoDairyFree.org, also runs the One Frugal Foodie blog.

Back in 2008 she put out Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living so it's obviously time for a new cookbook to emerge.

And so it has. Every better, this one's free.

Smart School Time Recipes: The Breakfast, Snack, and Lunchbox Cookbook for Healthy Kids and Adults is being offered as a free ebook download.



Wait, two years? Somehow she did it in two weeks. I need to find a new business.


It’s hard to believe that just two weeks ago I set out on this mission, and here I am with a completed 173-page eCookbook with 125 recipes and over 100 photos from dozens of incredible health bloggers and cookbook authors (thank you to every single one of you!). We also had a special time donation from a wonderful graphic designer; Emily of The Blog Fairy designed the cover image (she also designed this blog!) …

The chapters include:

•Morning Muffin Mania
•Sensational Smoothies
•Easy Freezin’ Waffles, Pancakes, and French Toast
•More Smart Starts
•Dips, Fillings, and Spreads
•Soups and Stews
•Salad-Style
•More Lunchbox Love
•Sweet Snackin’
•Craving Cookies
•Essential Extras

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Living Dairy-Free For Dummies

Being published today is Living Dairy-Free For Dummies, by Suzanne Havala Hobbs.

Suzanne Havala Hobbs, DrPH, MS, RD, is a renowned writer on food, nutrition, and dietary guidance policy. A vegetarian for more than 35 years, she has been largely dairy-free for 25 years. She is based at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she directs the Doctoral Program in Health Leadership.

Ah, credentials. I like credentials.


Product Description

Whatever the reason for not eating dairy, Living Dairy-Free For Dummies provides readers with the most up-to-date information on a dairy-free diet and lifestyle and will empower them to thrive without dairy while still getting the calcium, vitamin D and nutritional benefits commonly associated with dairy products.
Living Dairy-Free For Dummies:

▪ Is a lifestyle manual, going beyond just recipes to present a full nutritional evaluation of what dairy-free life is like
▪ Contains more than 50 dairy-free recipes, along with how to set up a dairy-free kitchen and tips for eating out and remaining dairy-free
▪ Presents alternatives to dairy so readers can continue getting the nutritional value and tastes of dairy, without the side effects

From the Back Cover
The easy way to live and thrive with a dairy-free lifestyle
Are you looking to eliminate dairy from your diet due to lactose intolerance, health reasons, diet restrictions, or personal choice? Whatever your reason, this hands-on, friendly guide gives you the most up-to-date information on how a dairy-free diet and lifestyle can empower you to thrive while still getting the calcium, vitamin D, and nutrients you need.

▪ Make the switch — find out the many benefits of restricting dairy from your diet, get a grip on nutritional issues, and discover how to smoothly make the transition
▪ Set up shop — get practical tips on setting up a dairy-free kitchen and discover the nondairy staples and equipment you need to get started
▪ Get cooking — start making more than 60 easy and delicious dairy-free dishes for every meal of the day (including dips, dressings, and tasty munchies)
▪ Live, love, eat — discover how to enjoy a dairy-free lifestyle while away from home and during pregnancy, infancy, through adulthood, and to your senior years

Open the book and find:

▪ Top ten reasons to ditch dairy
▪ Hidden sources of dairy (and how to find them on food labels)
▪ The best-tasting nondairy alternatives
▪ Dairy-free recipes the whole family will enjoy
▪ Dairy-free ingredients and cooking tips and techniques
▪ Helpful advice for eating at restaurants and on the go
▪ Tips for dealing with picky eaters
▪ How to eat for bone health at every age

Learn to:

▪ Manage lactose intolerance by safely eliminating dairy from your diet
▪ Thrive without dairy while still getting the calcium, vitamin D, and nutrients you need
▪ Prepare more than 60 delicious dairy-free recipes
▪ Discover dairy-free substitutions


For Dummies trade paperback
360 pages
List price: $19.99

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Sunday, September 05, 2010

The Kosher Baker Cookbook



The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy, Paula Shoyer, has been getting lots of press attention. Stacy Finz wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle that:

Shoyer, the owner of Paula's Parisian Pastries Cooking School in the Washington D.C., area, spends more than 300 pages modernizing Jewish classics such as babka, honey cake and hamentaschen and creating kosher versions of today's trendiest desserts - favorites like red velvet cupcakes. She even gives instruction on how to make French pastries sans the butter.


Product Description
Producing flavorful and appealing kosher desserts has been a challenge in Jewish households throughout the ages. Without access to butter, cream, milk, cheese, yogurt, or other dairy products, creating a tasty and memorable dessert for family and friends requires more than simple substitutions and compromises. Now pastry chef and teacher Paula Shoyer provides the inspiration and innovation to turn the age-old challenges of parve baking into delectable delights in her one-of-a-kind kosher cookbook.

The Kosher Baker is your indispensable kitchen companion to a wide range of dairy-free desserts, from family favorites and time-honored holiday classics to stylish and delicious surprises of Shoyer's own careful creation. It even includes desserts not usually found on a kosher table, such as creamy key lime pie, luscious flan, and rich tiramisu. You'll find everything from cookies, biscotti, breads and muffins to pastries, tarts, fancy cakes, and mousses. Shoyer guides you through more than 160 mouth-watering recipes and expands every non-dairy baker's repertoire with simple, clear instructions and a friendly yet authoritative voice.

The Kosher Baker is organized as a tutorial into three primary sections--Quick and Elegant Desserts, Two Step Desserts, and Multiple Step Desserts--allowing the busy home baker to choose a dessert based on both taste and time constraints. The first section presents the fundamentals of simple kosher baking in the form of everyday treats like Amaretto Cookies, Orange Tea Cake, and Apple Pastry. The next two sections teach increasingly more challenging desserts, from a Challah Beer Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce to Chocolate Babka. A special fourth section includes chapters on baking Challah, Passover desserts, and no-sugar-added desserts.

The Kosher Baker has something for everyone in the Jewish household for any occasion or holiday. It spills over with detailed information, including tips on storage, freezing, and thawing; tools; must-have ingredients; and tips and techniques. Anyone baking for those with special dietary needs such as food allergies or diabetic concerns will also find recipes to love in this comprehensive collection. It even includes recipes for nut- and gluten-free desserts, and vegan desserts.

No Jewish home should be without this essential cookbook!


List price: $35.00
348 pages
Brandeis University Press/University Press of New England, 2010

Wait, what? A cookbook published by a university press? That's weird... No wonder it's getting more press attention than usual.

You can also watch Shoyer sharing her recipe for quick, kosher fruit tarts on a video from a Washington local news program.

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Thursday, September 02, 2010

The 30-Minute Vegan’s Taste of the East Cookbook

The 30 Minute Vegan is the line of cookbooks by Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray. Reinfeld is the proprietor of the Blossoming Lotus restaurant and the author of other vegan cookbooks promoting vegan fusion cuisine. Murray is his wife. You can see their site at Vegan Fusion World Cuisine.

The newest cookbook from the busy guy is The 30-Minute Vegan’s Taste of the East: 150 Asian-Inspired Recipes—from Soba Noodles to Summer Rolls.



Product Description
After dazzling foodies and food critics alike with their fun, easy, and delicious recipes in the The 30-Minute Vegan, award-winning chefs Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray have turned their skillets to the East.

The 30-Minute Vegan’s Taste of the East offers irresistible dishes from all over Asia—from India, Thailand, and China to Indonesia, Nepal, and Japan—virtually all doable in 30 minutes or less.

Complete with at-a-glance cooking charts, key Asian pantry ingredients, all-new preparation techniques, and unique cooking tips, Taste of the East is a must-have addition to your cookbook shelf.

Expanding your animal-free palate has never been easier, quicker, or more exciting.

• 16 pages of color photographs

Authors Bios
Mark Reinfeld is the founding chef of the celebrated Blossoming Lotus Restaurant. His Vegan Fusion World Cuisine has won nine international awards, including a Gourmand Award for "Best Vegetarian Cookbook in the USA."

Jennifer Murray is the coauthor of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Raw. She teaches vegan cooking classes internationally.

Reinfeld and Murray live in Kaua’i, Hawaii.


Here's the info on their earlier book, The 30 Minute Vegan: Over 175 Quick, Delicious, and Healthy Recipes for Everyday Cooking

Busy vegans, rejoice! award-winning husband and wife chefs/authors Reinfeld and Murray present 175 delicious, easy-to prepare recipes for everyday vegan cooking—all dishes that can be prepared in a half-hour.

Sections include:

The Lighter Side of Life:

Smoothies & Satiating Beverages;

Snacks, Pick Me Ups & Kids’ Favorites;

Lunches: Wraps, Rolls, Bowls, and More;

Extraordinary Salads;

Sumptuous Soups;

Small Plates: Appetizers, Side Dishes, Light Dinners;

Wholesome Suppers;

Guilt-Free Comfort Food: Healthy Translations of Old Stand-bys;

and Divine Desserts.

The 30-Minute Vegan also provides at-a-glance cooking charts, kids’ favorite dishes, and exciting menu suggestions for every occasion—making this an essential cookbook for busy vegans who want to enjoy delicious, healthful, whole-foods vegan fare every day.

• 8 pages of color photographs

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