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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Allergy-Free Cookbook

Here's another new cookbook for people facing multiple allergy problems. Allergy-Free Cooking, by Alice Sherwood, tries to eliminate gluten, eggs, dairy, and nuts from her recipes, usually more than one at a time.

Victoria McGinley writes in the San Francisco Chronicle that:

Writer Alice Sherwood experienced firsthand the frustration of deadly food allergies when her oldest son was diagnosed with severe allergies to eggs and nuts. Driven by her desire to create delicious, safe recipes for her family, and with a little help from her chemistry degree, Sherwood wrote "Allergy-free Cookbook."


With charts that provide good substitutes for items like eggs and baking powder, the book is useful for allergy sufferers and anyone else who needs to adapt recipes. Some substitutes, such as using soy or rice milk in place of regular milk, are obvious, but Sherwood also gives surprising and interesting suggestions, like using potato flour as a binder instead of eggs.

Some recipes, like egg-less bacon and onion quiche, rely heavily on interesting substitutes and food science-y techniques. Others, such as Leek & Butternut Squash Soup, are built around the omission of allergens, and offer inspiration to allergy-conscious or even vegan cooks.

According to the book description:
Packed with tasty and healthy family recipes that can be made without the "big four" allergens-gluten, eggs, nuts and dairy-this reassuring cookbook explains how to adapt classic recipes to avoid harmful ingredients and how to create a healthy, balanced diet for the entire family. Alice Sherwood also offers advice on party planning for those with food allergies. AUTHOR BIO: Alice Sherwood is a former-BBC producer whose husband and son have serious food allergies. Dissatisfied with the existing cookbooks for people with food allergies, she used her degree in chemistry and love of delicious and nutritions to write her own.

You can find the book on the Allergy Books and Cookbooks page in my Milk Free Bookstore.

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