There’s so much talent within the food allergy community, from writing to recipe development, to photography, and more. In this post I share a list of some incredible food allergy cookbooks and lifestyle books. I’ve broken them down into categories, so they are presented in no particular rank or order.
Desserts and Baking
Nutritionally Nicole’s Allergy Friendly Holiday Sweets
Buy Link: https://payhip.com/b/9Adv
Blog Link: Nutritionally Nicole
Number of Pages: 15
Free From: All recipes are free from dairy, eggs, peanut, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish.
Number of Recipes: 13
I Baked: Orange Pillow Cookies, page 11
Review: Nicole’s ebook is ideal for any home baker, especially around the holidays. It’s a well curated collection of simple, tasty recipes that are made with easy-to-find ingredients and without complicated steps. Although branded as a book for the holidays, it would suit all year round. Snippets of her Italian heritage can be found throughout, from pillow cookies (just like my Nonna makes), to pizzelle, and biscotti. These recipes sit alongside classics like chocolate chip cookies and cranberry orange muffins. Nicole’s list of allergies is very similar to my own, and I found very little to no substitutions were required on my end. Her list of trusted brands is very handy too. The photography is light and airy, just like the pillow cookies I whipped up in under a half hour. I found her instructions clear and easy to follow, making it ideal for families (with young kids) who like to bake together. When sharing my cookies with a friend, she declared they were “so decadent”, a wonderful compliment!
Nina Modak’s Chocolate Treats
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.ca/Chocolate-Treats-Decadent-Delights-Allergens/dp/1788080807/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1543524103&sr=8-2&keywords=nina+modak
Blog Link: https://www.eatallergysafe.com/
Number of Pages: 106
Free From: All recipes are free from wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soya, sesame, lupin and of course crustaceans, fish, molluscs, sulphites, celery & mustard.
Number of Recipes: 25
I Baked: Sweet Potato Brownies
Review: Nina seriously knows her chocolate. The recipes in this book are diverse and indulgent. As I sifted through it deciding which recipes to bake (it was difficult to decide), I imagined that her friends and family must have loved being taste testers. I think this book is wonderful for families or individuals who manage celiac disease in addition to food allergies. If you love British-isms, you’ll love this book even more. For example, her recipe for “tray bakes” which we call “sheet cakes” in NA. Doesn’t a tray bake just sound so much nicer? Canadians often switch between imperial and metric measurement systems, but if you are used to imperial it would be helpful to do all your conversions before you begin baking. This book is really special and has a sweet treat for literally every occasion.
Slow Cooking and Instant Pot
Allergy Awesomeness’s An Allergy Mom’s Lifesaving Instant Pot Cookbook
Buy Link: https://allergyawesomeness.com/an-allergy-moms-lifesaving-instant-pot-cookbook/
Blog LInk: https://allergyawesomeness.com/
Number of Pages: 144
Free From: top 8 allergens
Number of Recipes: 60
Review: Because I own neither an Instant Pot, nor a slow cooker/crock pot, or pressure cooker, I wasn’t able to cook from this book. But I think we all know how lovely and delicious Megan’s recipes are, and that they all come from the heart. These family-friendly meals will be a total lifesaver any night of the week, and I love that you can just set it and forget it in the Instant Pot.
Meal Planning/ Everyday Cooking
Corinna of The Friendly Pantry’s Weeknight Allergy Busters
Buy Link: https://www.friendlypantry.com/products/weeknight-allergy-buster
Blog Link: https://www.friendlypantry.com/
Free From: Top allergen flexible
Number of Recipes: 3 weeks worth of weeknight recipes
Review: I love that Corinna’s book is allergy flexible. Many of us have allergies to some combination of top allergens and gluten, but might not want to avoid other top allergens that are safe for us. This book provides many substitutions and ingredient options so that you can cater the meal to your dietary needs. I really like that her recipes are so simple and nutritious. For example the pumpkin seed dip was delicious and so versatile; it can be combined into many recipes outside of the ones in this book too. The book was designed as a meal plan with families in mind, so each recipe is portioned accordingly and the ingredients are easy to shop for. A must-have for food allergy families.
The Kitchen Alchemist Cookbook
Format: paperback, black and white
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.ca/Kitchen-Alchemist-Scientist-Anaphylactic-Allergies/dp/0692148566/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=kitchen+alchemist+cookbook&qid=1555203733&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull
Blog Link: https://francescastelliauthor.com/
Number of pages: 174
Free From: top allergens as indicated per recipe
Number of Recipes: 30
Review: Frances Castelli is a very active member of the food allergy community, and a dedicated allergy mom and FA advocate. You can feel her passion and experience when reading this book. The majority of the text focuses on her personal story and journey as a food allergy mom, with 30 bonus recipes at the back for your family to enjoy. I appreciate that she included a section about how to take care of yourself when your kids have food allergies, because it is a very stressful load to bear. For a family that is new to food allergy, this book would be a comfort as we all know how it feels to connect with a person, blog post, or book, who just “gets it”.
Format: spiral bound
Buy Link: https://allergyhospitality.com/products/allergy-hospitality-cookbook
Blog Link: https://allergyhospitality.com/
Number of pages: 148
Free From: top 10 allergens plus corn, oats, yeast, coconut, chocolate, and refined sugar
Number of Recipes: 65
Review: Like many of the food allergy cookbooks on the market, this one was written by a busy allergy mom! And it includes her backstory about why she decided to create such an inclusive cookbook for other families like her own. She provides a detailed list of the products she uses which is helpful for beginners or those who are unsure how to stock their pantry. The recipes are extremely simple and designed to feed a hungry family!
Alisa Fleming’s Eat Dairy Free (also see Go Dairy Free)
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.ca/Eat-Dairy-Free-Essential-Cookbook/dp/1944648720/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=eat+dairy+free&qid=1568059039&s=gateway&sr=8-1
Blog Link: https://www.godairyfree.org/about-alisa-fleming
Number of pages: 275
Free From: dairy, with options for egg/soy/gluten/peanut free
Number of Recipes: 100+
Review: I’m a huge fan of the Go Dairy Free blog, and of Alisa’s books. Eat Dairy Free is intended for those who either have to avoid dairy due to allergy, or who choose to avoid dairy for health and wellness reasons. The recipes are beautiful and vibrant, printed on glossy paper and in full colour. The book touches on nutrients, organic and non-GMO, meal plans, milk alternatives, forms of coconut, and other simple ingredients swaps. Recipes range from sweet to savory, and can be accomplished by any home cook. Fantastic book for recipe inspiration, or for those living with dairy allergy and who either love to cook or are learning to navigate the DF kitchen for the first time.
Emma Amoscato’s book
Format: hardcover or paperback
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.ca/Living-Allergies-Practical-Advice-Family/dp/1526751607/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=emma+amoscato&qid=1568054774&s=gateway&sr=8-2
Blog Link: https://www.freefromfarmhouse.co.uk/author/admin/
Number of pages: 115
Review: I recommend this resource for any adult or family living with food allergy. The amount of information contained between the covers is incredible, with lots of attention to detail, and written in an accessible way. It would make a good classroom resource for teachers or caregivers who want to learn about allergy. What is anaphylaxis? How do I adapt my home? How will I be diagnosed? And many other practical, important questions are answered in this book.
Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.ca/Dont-Kill-Birthday-Girl-Allergic/dp/0307588122/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=dont+kill+the+birthday+girl&qid=1557333563&s=gateway&sr=8-1
Review: When I came across this book, I bought it immediately. Reading Sandra’s story was like reading my own story. It was a reminder that there are so many shared experiences between those living with food allergy. From drinking stories to dining in restaurants, it all felt very real as I reflected on my parallel experiences. I highly recommend this book for any teen or adult living with food allergy. For parents of kids with food allergy, this book provides valuable insight into what it’s like for your child to grow up with food allergy, and how it doesn’t get easier as they get older - the challenges and successes change over time.
When Every Bite Matters by Olivier Deldicque
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.ca/When-Every-Bite-Matters-Allergies/dp/0578418533/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=olivier+deldique&qid=1557337345&s=gateway&sr=8-1-spell
Review: Olivier’s writing about his life experiences with multiple food allergy reinforces that you can do so much despite your allergies, and that family and friends are a great support system. It’s also a reminder for someone like myself, who has not been a teen for quite some time, about how teens think about their food allergy. He provides handy resources for learning more about food allergy, and some of his favorite recipes. This book could be a spring-board for discussions about food allergy with teenage kids.
”Having food allergies in the teenage years can be tough for many reasons. That’s why I wrote the book, “When Every Bite Matters”. It takes you through my journey and how I’ve dealt with my food allergies” - Olivier