Because of spam, I personally moderate all comments left on my blog. However, because of health issues, I will not be able to do so in the future.

If you have a personal question about LI or any related topic you can send me an email at I will try to respond.

Otherwise, this blog is now a legacy site, meaning that I am not updating it any longer. The basic information about LI is still sound. However, product information and weblinks may be out of date.

In addition, my old website, Planet Lactose, has been taken down because of the age of the information. Unfortunately, that means links to the site on this blog will no longer work.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Everything Lactose-Free Cookbook

I somehow missed The Everything Lactose-Free Cookbook: Easy-to-prepare, low-dairy alternatives for your favorite meals by Jan McCracken when it came out last year.

Product Description
Creamy soups, pizza, ice cream . . . if you think your lactose intolerance keeps you from enjoying your favorite foods, think again! With The Everything Lactose-Free Cookbook, you can indulge in worry-free meals and desserts any time you want. This unique cookbook is your one-stop reference for whipping up more than 300 delicious low-lactose recipes, including:
New York Style Cheesecake
Grilled Salmon with Creamy Tarragon Sauce
Passion Fruit Smoothie
Tofu Lasagna
Creamy Apricot Mousse
Veggie Omelet

These delightful new recipes offer the same textures and tastes as your old favorites. Packed with useful tips and information, this one-of-a-kind cookbook will satisfy your every craving-without upsetting your stomach!

About the Author
Jan McCracken is the author of more than forty cookbooks and recipe collections, including the Healthy Carb Cookbook for DUMMIES. Jan has researched lactose intolerance (LI) to help family members who struggle with it to create "comfortable LI lifestyles" and lactose-free recipes.

One word of warning. You would expect a cookbook titled "Everything Lactose-Free" to be lactose-free. It is not. McCracken points out that most people with lactose intolerance can have small amounts of lactose and that yogurt and cheese (and of course yogurt cheese) are often nearly lactose free and uses those freely in her recipes. However, she doesn't use butter which is probably as low or lower than lactose.

Recipes that use these products have a warning symbol (a milk bottle) displayed. However, I found the use of the symbol confusing, since it seems to be used in places I couldn't find lactose and not used in recipes (like those using margarine) that might include lactose.

The cookbook as it stands may be useful to people, but you do need to read the recipes carefully if you re trying to avoid dairy products for other purposes.

Adams Media paperback
304 pages
List price: $14.95

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