Thursday, July 8, 2010

Helpful Cookbooks

"The Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook, How to Bake without Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Tree nuts, and Sesame" by Cybele Pascal 

This is my new favorite cookbook.  I can now bake "NORMAL" foods for my son!  Blueberry Boy Bait (blueberry coffeecake) is AMAZING!  She has recipes for cakes, pies (including a allergen-free & gluten-free pie crust recipe), muffins, cookies, brownies, quick breads, and sandwich breads, pizza, and even cinnamon rolls!  Have you previously found a safe recipe for graham crackers, focaccia bread, or matzo crackers?  You'll find recipes for them in this book!   Additionally, she provides recipes for 2 Basic Gluten-Free Flour Mixes - one for breads and one for everything else.  She also has a wealth of information about "replacement" ingredients (alternatives to eggs, dairy, nuts/nut butters, and wheat), where you can find them online, and so on.  As you can probably tell, I HIGHLY recommend this book!

"Allergy-free Cookbook (no eggs, no dairy, no nuts, no gluten)" by Alice Sherwood.
I purchased this book awhile ago but am looking forward to trying some of the recipes now that my son has passed many of the food trials needed to use several of the ingredients.  While her recipes may list some allergens, she lists specific instructions for substituting ingredients to make the meals safe for those dealing with those particular allergies, and it's very well laid out and easy to follow.  This book not only gives you recipes to use for breakfast, lunch and dinner (side dishes, appetizers, meat dishes, pastas & rice dishes, soups, sauces and dressings, etc) but it also discusses the ins and outs of living with food allergies, touching on some topics such as school, eating out, traveling, special occasions, and much more.  This is another must-have for the allergy-free cookbook library.

"The Allergy Self-Help Cookbook" by Marjorie Hurt Jones, R.N.  This book provides over 350 recipes that are "free of All common food allergens" (corn-free, egg-free, gluten-free, milk-free, sugar-free, soy-free, wheat-free, yeast-free).  Yet another very helpful cookbook that runs the gamut from breakfast, lunch and dinner to appetizers, desserts, etc as well as specific information about alternative flours and other ingredients. She does have a section dedicated to goats milk and goats milk cheese recipes for those who are not allergic to goats milk.  For those with EE or EGID, the proteins are too similar and it is not something that you can usually tolerate if allergic to milk.  This book gets into a lot of detail about alternative ingredients, which I have found quite helpful.  It also talks about food families and rotation diets, which may be helpful to some people.  This is definitely another worthwhile book to have.

APFED also has a wonderful cookbook to help with the special dietary needs of those with Eosinophilic Esophagitis and Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders.  
It’s called “Extreme Cooking for Exceptional Diets”, and it is available via the APFED website. 


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