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How To Cook for Food Allergies: Understand Ingredients, Adapt Recipes with Confidence and Cook for an Exciting Allergy-Free Diet [Paperback]

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne
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17 Oct 2008

Most pre-prepared food cannot be eaten by food allergy sufferers so preparing meals can become a time-consuming struggle, especially for people without specialist cooking skills and knowledge of ingredients. How to Cook for Food Allergies explains why allergenic ingredients such as wheat, eggs and dairy products are so ubiquitous and how they are used, to help readers understand when and how to use substitute ingredients. This book will inspire readers to cook and eat a wider variety of foods than they ever thought possible.

'With more than 100 recipes, including sauces, pastry, bread, cakes, main courses and desserts, as well as food for babies and children, this practical yet stylish cookbook will become a trusted source of advice and inspiration.' The Telegraph

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale (17 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905744285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905744282
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'...a hugely practical book rooted in the belief that good, real food can still be enjoyed despite allergies.' -- The List

'Allergy sufferers need not have a limited diet or lifestyle, thanks to award-winning cookery author Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne.'
-- Health & Fitness, November 2007

'How To Cook For Food Allergies gives the food allergy sufferer the tools they need to conquer their problems.' -- Choice magazine, November 2007

'Packed with delicious recipes, this practical yet stylish cookbook will become a trusted source of advice and inspiration.' -- Daily Telegraph

'This beautifully-illustrated book has over 100 recipes and is essential reading' -- Delicious Magazine

'This book gives lots of helpful cooking hints for allergy sufferers plus alternatives for almost any restriction.'
-- Food Matters

'This comprehensive guide deals with everything you might have an issue with' -- Fresh Direction

'With 100 delicious recipes, this is a must-have for food allergy sufferers or anyone who cooks for one.'
-- Sunday Post

'the new How to Cook for Food Allergies by Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne (Pan Macmillan, £16.99) is fantastic - really useful and practical.'
-- Red magazine

`The drama unfolds satisfyingly, bit by bit...a commendable debut.' -- Literary Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne has worked at Conran’s innovative restaurant Bibendum and run her own successful catering business. She has also taught at Leiths School of Food and Wine in London, where she trained, and was co-author of Leiths Technique Bible with Susan Spaull, which won two major awards. She is currently giving courses in cooking for food allergies at Edinburgh Cookery School. She has three young children, two of whom have food allergies.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooking for allergies without compromise! 16 Feb 2008
By R. Goss
This book is an invaluable resource for those with food allergies. The layout of the recipes gives you guidance to adapt each one to a range or combination of allergies and there are tips on how to get good results with the variations in ingredients. There is also a wealth of useful advice covering a range of areas such as eating away from home and alternative sources of nutrients and vitamins.

The recipes are a wonderful mix of contemporary style dishes and traditional staples and baking. For those like myself with a wheat allergy, the recipes for scones and pastry and other off-limits foods will be the first things tested from the book and to taste foods which do not require the normal compromises on flavour and texture is absolutely wonderful.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stress free cooking 27 Jan 2008
At last, after all my tears and frustrations trying to make a gluten, dairy and nut-free bread, I have found a recipe that not only works but tastes delicious. The gluten-free white bread is a big hit with our four year old daughter and has made a huge difference to our lives as she can now have toast, sandwiches and rolls.

I feel like a proper mummy baking delicious cakes for the children which we can now all enjoy. I have also had great fun adapting various family recipes using Lucinda's techniques. Her book is a must for all people coping with the challenges of living with food allergies.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Food Allergy Angel has arrived at last 5 Nov 2007
Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne is a professional chef (and co-author of the award winning Leith's Techniques Bible) and the mother of 3 children (2 of whom have food allergies) - so she is more than qualified to help the thousands of people who suffer from food allergy problems.

'How to Cook for Food Allergies' has been well researched and provides an invaluable guide to the common danger foods, giving ideas for different ingredients that can used as substitutes. It also has very some useful tips on adapting menus and provides some really delicious and easy recipies for all the family to enjoy.

The book is clear and concise and is by far the best of it's kind. If you or a member of your family suffers from a food allergy, then this is the MOST ESSENTIAL book for your kitchen.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy investment 8 Feb 2010
By Betty
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I have amassed quite a collection of allergy friendly cookbooks in my mission to whip up tasty food for our son who has multiple allergies. Nearly all of them have been a complete disappointment and waste of money. This one is definitely not. There is practicle advice on how to replace eggs in recipes. Things I'd never heard about before. Apple puree in cakes to bind them? Genius! There are several versions of recipes in here, and the recipes have alternative ingredients. For example, there are four different pastry recipes, so one way or another, you'll find some pastry you can eat.

The substitution of ingredients is where I normally find frustration with these sort of books. You know, where you can't use wheat flour, the recipe tells you to use your wheat-free/gluten-free flour in its place, and the finished dish never works, but you don't know why. This book gives you practicle help. The author gives you detailed information as to what the ingredients are doing in a recipe and how you can substitute them. Better still, the substitions actually work. For example:

Rich Fruit Cake. This recipe calls for almonds. You can't eat almonds? No problem, use the same amount of plain flour and add an extra teaspoon of butter. There's also 4 eggs needed. Can't eat eggs? Use apple or apricot puree to bind the mix instead.

I've lost count of the number of unsuccessful breads I've made and thrown in the bin. First try with a dairy-free, egg-free, wheat-free, nut-free white loaf from this book and I had it cracked. My son ate bread for the first time in his life. And you know what, you'd be hard pressed to tell it apart from a 'normal' freshly baked loaf.

This really is the best allergy friendly cookbook I've come across. Save yourself the grief and invest in this one above all others!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant! 28 May 2008
Over the years, I've tried lots of different allergy-free cookbooks. This one puts them all to shame. There's no "for egg-free cake, use egg replacer" in here. Proper recipes with proper ingredients. A must have. The best, by a long, long way!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cooking for Food Allergies Book 4 Jan 2008
This is a well laid out, easy to understand and use, cookery book for people with allergies and people who cook for people with allergies. Now that is just about everyone you know since everyone knows people with food allergies and we all have to cook for them on occasion when they come round to dinner.

Since purchasing this book I have tried out a number of the recipes myself and found them to be straightforward and more importantly, delicious(I am not a great cook, just an occasionally enthusiastic amateur). Food allergies is very much a 21st century problem and this book will doubtless be a real blessing to many, particularly those with children who have food allergies who struggle to find things that they can eat and actually enjoy eating!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How to Cook for Food Allergies 19 Nov 2007
At last, a recipe book for people with food allergies (and as the book includes gluten it can also be used by people with coeliac disease) that can be trusted. Until now people with true food allergies have had to make do with recipes written, not with allergies in mind, but rather for fad diets, for intolerances and often using obscure ingredients.
The book provides you with a scientific understanding of how and why your particular allergen is required in cooking. Then through an inspired labelling system you are guided on how to substitute the relevant allergen to create beautiful 'danger-free' meals.
As a doctor and mother of children with proven food allergies to a variety of foodstuffs I am thrilled to have this book on my kitchen shelf. Since buying How to Cook for Food Allergies we have had several family baking sessions with wonderful results.
This is a great reference text as well as a lovely recipe book. Educational and empowering.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book - makes it easy to cook usual food by giving you...
Very helpful book - makes it easy to cook usual food by giving you plenty of choices to sensibly replace ingredients as needed.
Published 14 days ago by MR N J HOUSTON
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
This book is full of information and advise, my sons have several allergies. This book offers alternatives and ways of still making cakes with out eggs etc, it explains how fruits... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable guide!
Feeling overwhelmed by the reality of cooking for a toddler with numerous allergies I ordered this book based on other reviews but always rather sceptical as usually I just look... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Alexandra Manoli
5.0 out of 5 stars how to cook for food allergies
A great book with alternatives for various allergies. Invaluable for my daughter who has two children with multiple allergies and enjoys home cooking.
Published 17 months ago by J.A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The book is very easy to read and follow. The recipes are for popular items and can be made by inexperienced cooks. There is a lot more information too, about food and health. Read more
Published 22 months ago by E Buchan
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I hoped for.
I was excited at the idea of this book, I was disappointed when it arrived. Although it is probably useful to those who are new to food allergies or intolerances I did not feel it... Read more
Published on 7 May 2012 by Miss Lovatonite
4.0 out of 5 stars valuable guide for coeliacs
I got this book as my 4-year old daughter just been diagnosed with coeliac disease. I have found the recipes good and information very useful. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2012 by Jane Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Allergy cook book
It's a brilliant book which I was recommended. I'm delighted to finally make decent pastry, as well as a delicious Christmas cake. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2012 by Hat girl
5.0 out of 5 stars just what I was looking for
This is a very knowledgeable book on the subject of allergies I would recommend this unreservedly.It acts as a basis and you can adapt this to your own recipes with the info it... Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful book for my collection
By far the most informative book I've found since my diagnosis: dairy,eggs & gluten intolerance. Clearly labelled alernative ingredients in each recipe for each intolerence. Read more
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