The best food sensitive cook books – The Food Sensitive Shopper

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A cookbook is a kitchen essential for food sensitive shoppers.  It is especially helpful if you don’t know how to cook or like to cook.  At least with a cookbook you have directions right?

In our home we all like to think we are ‘foodies’ but with food allergies, reflux and gluten and soy intolerance we have become food sensitive foodies.  We do rely heavily on our favorite cookbooks.

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover — open it up and try a recipe

While looking at cook books we discovered that some have deceptive titles but others were fabulous.   Today we are reviewing 10 cookbooks.  The first five are my true favorites for allergy and gluten cook-ability (is that a word?), ease of use (especially when substituting ingredients), nutrition,  and flavor.  Following my faves are cookbook reviews from books I checked out of the library.  Be sure to read our reviews before you borrow or buy.  It is disappointing to bring a cook book home then find out it doesn’t work for your family.  Read on….

Our top five (click on the book cover to learn more):

fireitupsmallFired Up!Б.  by Andrew Schloss and David Joachim    A great cook book for grilling more than ‘400 Recipes for Grilling Everything’ and we love the recipes.

We love the Espresso Chicken recipe and have served it many times to family and friends.  Even the children love this recipe.  The flavor is rich, has depth with a touch of spice and it is gluten, soy, dairy, nut, peanut, sesame, sunflower, milk and egg free.  We also love the ribs with brown sugar glaze…yum.  This book has so many surprising and flavorful recipes like grilled fruit.  Delightful! A clap of the spoons for this one.

cybelecookbooksmall-150x150Allergy Free and Easy Cooking by Cybele Pascal

Thank you Cybele for your brilliance in the kitchen.  The recipes are free of the top 8 allergens and delightful.  We especially like…well, just about everything your cookbook offers!  You can also find Cybele on Pintrest with loads of new and shared recipes. A high five with oven mitts for this one.

glutenfreebread-booksmallThe Gluten-Free Gourmet Bakes Bread by Bette Hagman

Bette has delicious bread recipes and we have used them in our bread machine.  I like how the book has lots of information about baking with gluten free flour.  It is the best gluten free baking cookbook I have used.  I like how her recipes have directions for oven and bread machine baking.  Loaves of delight. She also has a gluten free dessert book.  That is my next purchase!

deceptivelydelicioussmallDeceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld

I have used this cookbook for years.  While many of these recipes have allergens many can be tweaked by using creative substitutes.  I made the chicken fingers recipe gluten and egg free and there was not a chicken finger left.  Jessica has brilliantly written about portions, nutrition, and how to get more fruits and veggies into the diet.  This has been especially useful in our household where one son gags on the tastes and textures of most fruits and vegetables.  Jessica gets our 5-a-day award…high five!

breathofwoksmallThe Breath of a Wok by Grace Young and Alan Richardson

There are so many excellent recipes in this book and a lot of interesting history of wok cooking.  Beautiful photos throughout make this book a joy to read and use as a cookbook.  Lots of veggies which I absolutely love.  Try the Chinese broccoli and the curried chicken…yum.  You may have to substitute some ingredients depending on your food sensitivity but that is not hard to do.  The hardest is soy sauce but you can use fish sauce (if no allergy exists), coconut aminos, or tamari sauce (gluten free but not soy free).  Substituting with any of these suggestions will still add flavor and interest to the dish.  Wok-derful!

Food sensitive cookbooks from the local library
1. The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook: The Ultimate Guide to the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet by Pamela J. Compart, M.D. and Dana Laake, R.D.H., M.S., L.D.N.

We made a couple of recipes from this book and were impressed.  My husband and sons really liked the potato pancakes.  We did substitute the garbanzo bean flour to a more tolerable gluten free flour and the pancakes turned out great.  I also learned that children with sensitive palates can eat frozen veggies and fruits instead of fresh. This way the flavor is not as strong.  The texture is different too.   This book also informs the reader about the connection between ADHD, Autism and diet.  I like it because we are gluten and casein free at home among other foods.

2. Allergy-free Cookbook by Alice Sherwood.

This book has many delicious recipes ranging from breakfast to dessert.   Alice gives great practical advice at the beginning but I was not happy that she writes that milk allergies  are often mild and symptoms include  breathing problems.  To me mild and breathing issues do not go together so if your food allergic child cannot breathe use the epi-pen…just saying.  No offense Alice…may want to update that section.

3. The Ultimate Food Allergy Cookbook and Survival Guide by Nicolette M. Dumke.

Nicolette has Crohn’s disease and discusses digestive disease and some healing diets such as the rotation diet.  The recipes seem to correlate with the rotation diet for leaky gut syndrome.  I would not recommend this one for a family dealing with food allergy.  If you have leaky gut syndrome or Crohn’s disease it may be useful.

4.  Allergy Cooking with Ease:  The no wheat, milk, eggs, corn, soy, yeast, sugar, grain, and gluten cookbook by Nicolette M. Dumke

If you are wheat allergic but can tolerate other glutinous grains this book offers some great tips and recipes.  Many of the recipes include kamut, rye, and spelt – all glutinous grains.  Although it says ‘no milk’ on the cover I noticed some recipes with goat and sheep cheese, milk and butter.  So it is cow’s milk free not dairy free for those of us on a dairy or lactose free diet.  I don’t recommend it for those avoiding  nut, gluten, beans or sugar either.

5. The Complete Guide to Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Cooking by Glenis Lucas

Now this book doesn’t disappoint.  It is gluten and dairy free.  It even has an explanation about ingredients and some excellent culinary tips for gluten free and dairy free cooking.  The recipes have interest, flavor, and color.  If you like a more gourmet style meal then this cookbook is a good choice.

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