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The Allergy Self-Help Cookbook: Over 350 Natural Foods Recipes, Free of All Common Food Allergens: wheat-free, milk-free, egg-free, corn-free, sugar-free, yeast-free Paperback – April 7, 2001
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About the Author
Marjorie Hurt Jones, R.N., has more than 20 years experience in health and nutrition. She has devoted her life to helping people cope with food allergies. She is the author of Superfoods: Allergy Recipes and Cooking for the Health of It, as well as co-author of the Yeast Connection Cookbook. An educator and frequent speaker, she published the newsletter Mastering Food Allergies for more than 10 years and now manages the website of the same name. She is president of Mast Enterprises, Inc., a company dedicated to helping people recover from food allergies.
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Top Customer Reviews
The same could be said with respect to the seafood recipes and the many recipes featuring grains that contain or (as is the case with oats) may be contaminated with other grains that contain gluten. Even a trace of gluten can bring grief to someone with celiac sprue.
I did not find this book very useful. However, those with allergies to rarer items or whose 'allergies' are merely intolerances (ie. no hives, throat swelling, cardiac arrest, etc.) might find this book useful. I can't recommend it to the average food allergy sufferer, though.
This book has really been a great resource for me. My son (who is 3) has multiple food allergies (wheat, rye, corn, eggs, soy, dairy, chicken, foods in the night-shade family like potatoes, tomatoes, bell pepper....the list continues). It has been quite a nightmare to know what to get for him. And he also started developing sensitivities to the food that he ate all the time (oats, pork).
When I got this book, I learnt about the rotation diet, about how one could get sensitive to foods if exposed to them for an extended period of time. It provided me with alternative foods, information about food groups (which is essential when planning a rotation diet), lots of alternative things to use instead of sugar (agave nectar, maple or date sugar), how to use alternative flours (amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, teff) which have all been so much help.
I have been using the breakfast and better breads section extensively, and also the snack and dessert sections. With the range of allergies that my son has, those have been the hardest types of food to prepare. The main course sections have some good suggestions as well.
I would highly recommend this book if you need to deal with multiple allergies and are at a loss as to where to start. I found the recipes in this book much better to use than the recipes from the Food Allergy Network, which is rather strange. The recipes from the FAN mostly had wheat flour in them, and provided no information on rotation diets, food groups or alternative flours. Some of the other books that I have bought are also not very strong in these areas. This book is particularly good if you have the type of allergies that I listed earlier. If you only have one or two of these allergies, perhaps you might find the recipes too esoteric and it might be unnecessary to go to such lengths as I have had to, to find the right food.
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· you are vegan,
· someone in your family has food allergies,
· you are vegetarian and want to include more vegan recipes in your diet, or
· you enjoy baking but cringe at the amount of butter and sugar in most recipes
Author Jones was diagnosed with food allergies in 1976. She defines a food "allergy" as the following experience: "eating a food causes you distress, or if you discover any clear cause-and-effect symptoms that are relieved by avoidance of specific foods."
Her completely updated and revised cookbook includes over 350 recipes. Each is free of all common food allergens. No more getting halfway through a recipe only to realize that it would have been gluten-free if only you had used the other flour option. There are also chapters on ingredients that may be new to you, rotary diversified diets, keeping your home allergy-free, eating out, and helping children with allergies.
Note that this is not a vegetarian cookbook. However, a majority of the recipes are vegan. There are 17 vegetarian main dishes, and several of these have become instant hits at my house. The Better Burgers are the greatest. For Thanksgiving, I served the Zesty Loaf for the first time and an hour later, the loaf was gone, and my sisters-in-law were begging for the recipe.
We have also grown quite fond of the Fresh Apple Muffins. They will be going with us to our La Leche League meeting this month. And I'm willing to bet that none of them will be making the return trip home.
The only recipe that hasn't turned out well was the Date Pecan Pie. Too much blackstrap molasses makes things taste like cough syrup.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read the first edition ages ago and found the recipes full of helpful ideas, even for kitchen-challenged me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JWoolman
There are a lot of really good recipe's and information about allergies. I am really glad I got this!Published 11 months ago by Anya Compton
I have read several books about food allergies by MD's and technical writers but no one book has put it all together in such an easy and complete way. Marjorie did a great job. Read morePublished 12 months ago by BARBARA J. CLUTINGER
I think it's odd that so many people have berated this book for not being a comprehensive cookbook covering all food allergies. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Helena Lehman
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Oat & Barley Scones! Stockpile soy Milk!!! Read more
One is a gift and the other for me and I can say that I am sure she will love it.Published 17 months ago by ELLEN GOODFELLOW