- Series: Let's Eat Out!
- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Gluten Free Passport; 1st Edition edition (September 30, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0976484501
- ISBN-13: 978-0976484509
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,200,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Let's Eat Out! Your Passport to Living Gluten And Allergy Free Paperback – September 30, 2005
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Editorial Review for Let’s Eat Out! Your Passport to Living Gluten and Allergy Free (ISBN 0-9764845-0-1) Books like these are the best option for empowering readers to dine safely -- Gluten Intolerance Group Newsletter
Defensive guide identifying hundreds of often unexpected sources of food allergens in restaurant meals -- The Nutrition Reporter
Let's Eat Out! offers readers an exclusive perspective on innovative strategies for pursuit of an allergen-free healthy, yet satisfactory diet -- Midwest Book Review
Built on a framework of empowerment, Let s Eat Out! dedicates itself to the world s most cherished cuisines while managing 10 food bugaboos: corn, dairy, eggs, fish, gluten, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat. The authors provide readers an overview of more than 175 menu items to order when having American, Chinese, French, Indian, Italian, Mexican, and Thai fare. Let’s Eat Out is a thorough reference assistant to employ at home and when traveling. For those of us who counsel individuals of this nature infrequently, Let’s Eat Out is a useful guide to help teach folks to dine out safely while maintaining dietary compliance. Packaged into a superbly professional, high-quality text, Let s Eat Out is useful for both patients and practitioners -- Today's Dietitian Magazine
Food allergies shouldn't stop anyone from traveling and dining--and a new guide Let's Eat Out! can help --The Oakland Press
I've always found it stressful eating out with celiac disease. Until now, here are nearly 500 pages of useful information for people with celiac disease, and/or any of the major food allergies, who want to be able to eat out safely. And the most reassuring part of all is that it is written by someone who knows how important it is to get the information right. Kim Koeller has celiac disease, and over a dozen food-related allergies and sensitivities. Her life has revolved around travel so she has eaten out extensively. And she has a passion for research, demonstrated by the extraordinary amount of detail included in this book. Robert La France s background is in the restaurant industry, so he brings a wealth of information about what happens behind the scenes in restaurants, common ingredients in a huge range of cuisines, and what restaurant staff need to know to enable them to keep their guests safe -- Coeliac New Zealand Magazine
Provides prodigious quantities of information, dozens of easy reference tables… and essential phrases in the main European Languages -- Foods Matter Newsletter
Laymen’s terms make the reading easy and there is excellent indexing for the entire book -- Clinton Daily News
Let’s Eat Out! is a visa, giving diners a full range of information about major cuisines, ingredients and preparations -- Restaurants & Institutions Magazine
With this wonderful new guide, food allergies shouldn’t stop anyone from enjoying life while eating out and traveling -- GetBookReviews.com
Comprehensive “encyclopedia” about gluten, dairy, soy, nuts and other foods that, undetected, could send allergic people to emergency room -- Luxury Las Vegas Magazine
From the Publisher
Let's Eat Out! Your Passport to Living Gluten and Allergy Free book series is the winner of the Best Language Guide Award and finalist for Best Health & Diet Book, Best Health & Wellness Book, Best Travel Guide and Best First Book Non-Fiction Award, as recent as 2008. It has also received 5 out of 5 stars from Midwest Book Review and Foreword Magazine Clarion Review as well as 4 out of 4 stars from BookReview.com
To bring you this pioneering series, authors Kim Koeller and Robert La France collaborated with over 75 global experts and individuals impacted by special diets. Based on over 3 years of extensive research, Let's Eat Out! is focus-group driven, quality assurance tested and endorsed by hundreds of experts worldwide.
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She loves the book.
According to the authors this is the first book dedicated to eating around the corner and around the world while managing ten food allergies including: corn, dairy, eggs, fish, gluten, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts and wheat. And, I couldn't agree more. This book is full of extremely important information geared toward the most common food sensitivities.
Those of us with food sensitivities know how difficult it can be to eat out in restaurants. The authors of "Let's Eat Out!" simplify the process. For example, the first chapter gives a step-by-step approach to eating outside the home. The first step is education. Koeller and La France insist on education, research, and support groups. Another step is to identify the eating options and preferences with the restaurant. This includes type (family, fast food, carry out,) cuisine (new, familiar) and the most important being to decide to go somewhere new, gluten/allergy friendly, and/or feature allergy-free menus. The question that the authors encourage us to ask ourselves is "How much effort do I want to spend on deciding what to eat at this restaurant?" Being sensitive to specific foods and loving to eat out, personally, I will do what it takes to do the research.
"Let's Eat Out!" is the most concise book that I have seen. Not only do the authors lay out the process of obtaining allergy-free foods in a restaurant, they outline seven international cuisines: American, Chinese, French, Indian, Italian, Mexican, and Thai. Each chapter gives an informative overview as well as traditional ingredients, gluten awareness, dining considerations, and a sample menu with ingredients and possible allergens.
But, there is more! The authors make it easy for us by giving sample questions to ask, reference guides, meal ideas, breakfast and beverage suggestions, multi-lingual phrases, global airlines meal options, product resources, as well as international organizations.
All this information is contained in one book, however, there is even more. Available by the same authors are small, compact booklets that can easily slip into a purse or pocket. Each booklet is a guide in itself that can be referenced while in a restaurant.
What can I say? I'm overwhelmed with all the information presented, and extremely grateful that I now have the most informative book in my procession. There is no more second guessing of what ingredients are in specific meals or questioning the wait staff that may or may not know the answers.
Koeller and La France have a real winner here. This is a book that will become dog eared in my custody. Needless to say this is the best reference book regarding allergy foods that I have ever seen. There really is no need for any other book.
Received book free of charge.
The book itself is stylishly laid out with color-coded chapters, strategically placed photographs, useful charts, and sample menus. It addresses ten of the most common food allergens: dairy, eggs, wheat, gluten (an intolerance), soy, peanuts, tree nuts, corn, fish, and shellfish.
It should be noted, that this book was written with celiac disease, multiple food "sensitivities", and gluten intolerance in mind. It may not be very appropriate for those who have life-threatening food allergies or severe intolerances. This is not to blame the authors. The various styles of food preparation combined with a high risk of cross-contamination in food service kitchens, make this a complicated area to address. Though, as one food allergy mom pointed out to me, the "Allergy-Free" title is a bit deceiving in this respect.
Also, for those who do have true food allergies, this book should not be used as a dining bible, but more as a suggestion based resource for further research and diligence. As someone who lives with a milk protein allergy, I unfortunately noted many errors with respect to the foods listed as "not containing the allergen." Guacamole (often made with sour cream), margarine (frequently contains lactose and/or milk protein), and sausages (many brands contain cheese) were just a few that caused me to raise the red flag. Your own questions and food label reading would still be required when utilizing this book.
Luckily, the authors do relay what questions to ask, and in many different languages. Kim Koeller has traveled extensively while living with multiple food allergies. This is well evidenced by the resources provided, including a multi-lingual phrase section and what seems to be a very useful airline guide. For those most interested in travel, the authors of "Let's Eat Out!" have also produced a "Multi-Lingual Phrase Passport" for food allergies that is pocket-sized. I thought this was a very handy little guide!
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