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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: DK ADULT (August 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756654408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756654405
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,614,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Delicious but simple mix-and-match recipes Mail on Sunday --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Alice Sherwood is a writer and multimedia producer whose son has serious allergies to nuts and eggs. She lives in London and spends vacations on the family farm in Wales where she is inspired by the delicious local produce to spend hours in the kitchen.

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Customer Reviews

The recipes are easy to follow.
Mystic Maiden
I bought this book because the title says: Allergy-Free Cookbook, no eggs, no dairy, no nuts, no gluten.
Penny S.
Also, many of the ingredients were difficult to find and required long drives to specialty shops.
Kate

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mystic Maiden on January 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book I came across on this subject. I have a child on the spectrum and he is on the Gluten,Casein and Dairy Free Diet.Recipes for this type of diet can be extremely hard to master and the end result is tasteless. Not anymore, Alice Sherwood has given us a book with recipes that work and the end result looks and taste delicious like any other type of foods.The blueberry muffins is one example. The recipes are easy to follow.The book is filled with beautiful pictures and has tons of information from shopping to traveling and dining out.A must have for anyone who has food allergy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Penny S. on June 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because the title says: Allergy-Free Cookbook, no eggs, no dairy, no nuts, no gluten. I was disappointed to find that this is not entirely true. Nearly all of the recipes contain at least one of those ingredients if not all of them! Variations are given on the right side of the page for the "free" versions. Things like replace heavy cream with soy cream (we don't do processed soy foods). The baked goods may be made gluten-free, but still contain dairy and eggs.

I have 2 ADHD sons and they are on the GF / CF diet. My husband is also allergic to eggs so I cook mostly without eggs. This cookbook just didn't suite my needs. It is a nice looking book with good photos. And I have found a few recipes that we all like. The Chicken Fajitas are good and we use brown rice tortillas with them, we also like the Noodles in Hot Ginger Broth.

I would check this one out from the library before purchasing it. There are other great books out there that are healthy and gluten / dairy free.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By vanilla on June 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I echo the review about many of the recipes not really being GF, DF etc. as the book says and the optional way to make each recipe isn't simple for most of the recipes. The way it's set up is confusing and many of the ingredients are expensive and unusual. This is not a book for someone who wants to find allergy-free, easier food to make, especially if they're looking to save time. It's more like a gourmet allergy-free cookbook for people that want to spend their whole day in the kitchen and have plenty of money to spend and time to read directions. And although she calls them "family" recipes, a lot of the recipes are not very kid-friendly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By paintergirl70 on May 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am on an elimination diet (I can't eat any of the top 8 allergens, plus corn, beans and seeds) and was looking for recipes that would provide healthy alternatives to the foods I was used to. Most of these recipes are not allergy free, and I couldn't find one single recipe that truly eliminated all the top allergens.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Whittlesey on May 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was very excited about the format of this cookbook as I have multiple food sensitivities. The disappointing part is the fact that while one sensitivity is omitted for a recipe if you have multiple foods to eliminate it is sometimes impossible to make the substitutions the book calls for. The recipes are also somewhat complicated and do not use ingredients the average cook would have on hand. This cookbook would be good for someone who is a good cook with maybe only one food allergy.
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By Marian Makins on January 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
Lately I've been on a fairly peculiar diet in order to treat several digestive problems (gastroparesis, acid reflux, and a few food intolerances). These dietary restrictions force me to cook at home more than I used to, which in turn has sent me in search of cookbooks tailored to my needs. Most of the books I've looked at have fallen into one of three categories: gluten-free, vegan, or allergen-free. Unfortunately, none of these categories is ideal for me, as gluten-free cookbooks tend to call for cow's milk products and ignore spelt flour (an unusually substitution-friendly exception being The Gluten-Free Gourmet Cooks Fast and Healthy: Wheat-Free and Gluten-Free with Less Fuss and Less Fat), vegan cookbooks omit eggs and typically call for wheat, and allergen-free cookbooks omit eggs and soy, both of which are staples of my diet. Thankfully, Alice Sherwood's Allergy-Free Cookbook has a flexible recipe format that puts it in a category all its own.

Other reviewers have complained that Sherwood's cookbook is not what it claims to be. Those complaints are not entirely unwarranted, since Sherwood's recipes do call for some of the most common allergens, unlike (for example) Enjoy Life's Cookies for Everyone!: 150 Delicious Gluten-Free Treats that are Safe for Most Anyone with Food Allergies, Intolerances, and Sensitivities. On the other hand, the Allergy-Free Cookbook is a godsend for someone like me, who needs to omit only a couple of the most common allergens (cow's milk and wheat) and actively desires to include others (eggs and soy).
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By CD Duffy on February 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Various members of my family have different allergies. Some are allergic to eggs, others gluten, still others nuts. What's nice about this cookbook is that I can adjust my recipes to fit whoever is coming to dinner without having to buy three different cookbooks.
While I agree that most of the recipes can only eliminate a few allergens at a time, it's still a money saver for someone in my position (not allergic to anything myself, but catering to my visitors' needs). I recommend this for anyone who wants to host dinner parties for people with special dietary needs.
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