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Leslie Hammond is a culinary expert who focuses on allergies and allergy-free goods. She volunteers her time to educate the public and create awareness about alternative eating. She lives in Mendocino County, California.
Enjoy Life Natural Brands was founded in 2001 with the mission of making great-tasting allergy-friendly foods that most everyone can eat freely. The company launched the Enjoy Life brand in 2002 with a product line that is free of the eight most common allergens and gluten-free. Learn more about Enjoy Life Natural Brands at www.enjoylifefoods.com.
After making the "Mini-ficent Pancakes" for breakfast this morning, and having my non-allergic husband come in and say, "Which ones are mine?" I was reminded that I had to come and write a review for this book. The pancakes look so appealing, you could not tell the difference between the allergen-free ones and the just add water ones I was also making for the rest of the family. I have two children with multiple, severe, food allergies, among them wheat, gluten, dairy, soy, and corn, which any allergy mom knows, excludes seemingly all baking ingredients, and many of their usual substitutes. Prior efforts at pancakes and other desserts were so complex (unknown and hard to find long lists of ingredients), time-consuming, and ugly/poor tasting, that it had been a while since I even attempted making any treats for my two "bubble babies" :) In contrast, this book has simple (few ingredients), easy-to-follow, and tasty recipes that allow you for onces to feel adequate in feeding your kids something they are begging for and able to enjoy. My kids got to see what it was like for their non-allergic sister to be asking for their food/treats, instead of the other way around. At Thanksgiving, they could have sugar cookies (that they helped decorate) and pumpkin pie, rather than having no dessert at all. If you know the frustration of trying to cook for people with allergies, this book will be a breath of fresh air and renew your hope and energy in trying to make life and food a little more "normal".
My son is allergic to eggs, wheat, soy, corn, fish, milk and peanut. For the last 4 or 5 years I have tried several cookie recipes and they always end up as tooth breaker cookies so I have to throw them away. I have used Enjoy Life's products so I figured I would give it a try. I have made the brownies, the choc chip bannana bars and one of the drop cookie mixes and they all were excellent. The drop cookies are still soft 2 days later, which I could never get to happen with other recipes. I would highly recommend this book for any mom who wants to be able to make cookies that you can send to school for your child's class parties, b day's etc.
We have been following a gluten and casein free diet for our sons for 9 years and have come to love and trust the Enjoy Life products. What a joy to discover this book--an amazing contribution to our repertoire of desserts, without having to make conversions from conventional to alternative ingredients. The recipes are simple and use familiar ingredients. Our daughter is becoming a more confident and successful baker with these yummy treats! Would love a cake book too!!
You won't need any other cookie book if you have a child with allergies. We did OK with recipes for our family when we went gluten free but when my son was diagnosed with a gluten, dairy and egg allergy I didn't know what I would make or how I would do it. It was around this time that Enjoy Life released this book and I ordered it after it was recommended to me by a friend. Now I have purchased it for someone with an autistic child and recommend it regularly. We have made the chocolate chip cookies, graham crackers (awesome!), swirled brownies, ginger snap cookies and more. Every single recipe has turned out well and tasted great. The other thing I liked about this cookbook is that the recipes are not complex. Most use just brown rice, white rice, sorghum and rice bran. You don't need to be an expert baker to make them. I can't recommend this book enough.
I've made almost all of the drop cookie recipes now, and every one has turned out fabulously. Even flavors I don't typically life, like banana, are welcome additions to these cookies. Skip the other cookbooks, buy this one for cookies kids will actually eat and non-Celiac folks will enjoy.
Of course, we have already loved the Enjoy Life brand since we discovered it a couple of years ago. My child has multiple food allergies and it's always a challenge to find new recipes that she can eat yet are tasty. This book is fantastic, because there are pictures of each recipe, a resource section of where to find ingredients, and there are tons of different recipes including those for classic "normal" cookies (i.e. chocolate chip, sugar, etc.) I would highly recommend this book to anyone with food allergies. It's a keeper!
We have 2 little girls, both of which have several medical conditions that keep them from eating regular foods. We are in a ballancing act of edible and safe, and yummy or not going to cause agony. We found this book after buying nearly every treat the enjoy life brand makes, and let me tell you they are ALL amazing. I love to bake, and needed a book that wouldn't require me to buy REALLY expensive ingredients, as we're in grad school, but would make all of us ALL happy when we ate what was made from it. This is a WINNER. My 4 year old loves all the treats, our 1 year old love anything we will allow her to have from these recipes, and even my hubby who is completely allergy free likes these. Can't say enough times how much we love this book, and I would buy it again if I lost the one I have, haha. Best "treat" book for allergy prone families like ours, by far! Buy it, you will not be dissappointed. :)