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200 Best Lactose-Free Recipes: From Appetizers and Soups to Main Courses and Desserts Paperback – March 15, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Rose; First Edition edition (March 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778801357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778801351
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,473,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


It is suggested by some experts that half of the world's population is lactose intolerant. The inability to digest and absorb lactose (which is the sugar in the milk) is considered to be a genetic disorder. Fortunately many restaurants are now indicating on the menus which dishes are lactose free. In the meantime, those of us that are lactose intolerant have to learn to cook without using dairy or dairy products. 200 Best Lactose-Free Recipes certainly gives us many options. For the purpose of this review we are asked to test three recipes. I decided to try Creamy Stovetop Rice Pudding. Using apple juice instead of milk was a good substitute but I didn't feel it was a good enough to make again. For me it was too sweet and wasn't as creamy as I expected it to be. But, giving this recipe another chance I tested it using coconut milk instead and the rice pudding ended up being very delicious.The second recipe I tested was Fettuccini Alfredo. The recipe called for 2 percent lactose-free milk. I liked the flavor of the bay leaf and nutmeg. Using 2 percent milk cut down the richness of the original Alfredo recipe but was nice. I'll try this again using coconut milk instead. For my last recipe in the test I made Double Pumpkin Muffins. The recipe called for soy milk and is a good substitute. I like the combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves for spices but I especially liked using pumpkin seeds, currants, and sesame seeds in the muffins. It's a good recipe and I will make it again. Perusing other recipes in 200 Best Lactose-Free Recipes, I noted that most ingredients could be found in a kitchen pantry and certainly at a local grocery store. I've been using coconut milk as a substitute for cow's milk for about a year now and love it. It is thick, creamy, and rich. It can be found in the dairy section of most grocery stores as it is becoming a very popular substitute. I believe it can be used in any of the recipes in this cookbook. I believe this cookbook would be a good addition if needing to cook without using dairy. (Irene Watson Reader Views 2011-02-11)

About the Author

Jan Main is a professional home economist and caterer who has taught cooking and writing about food for 20 years.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mary loves Murder on July 28, 2007
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The title of this book is entirely misleading. There are only a few recipes which have been adapted for people who are completely lactose intolerant like myself. Many contain cheese, with the excuse that it raises the calcium level of the food! That's hardly helpful. And there are a number of recipes for foods which never did contain lactose, such as broth. That recipe is in any cookbook you care to name and shouldn't be given space here. Such weaseling does bring her count to 200 recipes but if she were diligent she would have searched out or created recipes to substitute for ordinary foods containing lactose, such as fake cottage cheese. (That would be wonderful - it's an item I miss!) It's what an honest author would have done. But there is nothing diligent or creative about this book - it's a mishmash thrown together to make a quick and lazy buck. Only a few recipes are helpful to someone who knows how to cook, and beginners will find that too many of Main's recipes are going to give them symptoms, which will be frustrating. There's just too much trickery here - it's a complete waste of money. I have used the slightly older lactose-free cookbooks by Zukin and by Kidder and while I have minor quibbles with them, I still learned a lot about lactose intolerane and gained many recipes which continue to be useful. Don't be fooled by this newcomer - buy Zukin or Kidder!
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In general, the recipes in this book have been fantastic. I've had particularly good luck with the breads/muffins and main dish recipes, and when I'm looking for a good recipe I find myself often looking here first. The author has used various calcium-rich foods including sesame seeds, green vegetables and calcium-enriched orange juice to offset the lack of dairy. A few recipes include lactose-free sour cream or aged cheese, but they are generally marked 'if tolerated' and 'optional'.

I bought this book when I was breastfeeding my son who had a milk protein allergy and it was a sanity saver - real (quick) recipes for real families.
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By Angie on December 28, 2014
We received this book as a gift since my husband is lactose intolerant, many of the recipes have Cheese in them. One of the tips in the beginning of the book is to "try drinking or cooking with milk in small quantities" WHAT! this is supposed to be a lactose free cook book. Definitely not recommended!
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