Pure Delicious by Heather Christo
My son and I both have food allergies/intolerances. I have learned to make quite a few different dishes that we all like that accommodate our allergies but I know we can always use more recipes. Pure Delicious by Heather Christo offers more than 150 allergen-free recipes without gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, or cane sugar.
The first five chapters of Pure Delicious shares Christo's family's story of testing, discovering and working with their food allergies/intolerances. She shares their process and how much better they all felt after they made dietary changes. My son and I went through a similar process with testing and elimination diets. I especially like that she shares how to build a community of support here and how to support the kids in eating for their best health. Christo also offers tips for eating out and ordering in various kinds of restaurants.
The recipe section of Pure Delicious is divided into categories: soups and chilis. salads, appetizers, sides, baked goods, pizza and burgers, pasta, main dishes,m desserts, and breakfast. There is a fantastic index and it is very easy to find recipes in it. Pure Delicious has beautiful full color photos that go along with nearly every recipe. I love it when my cookbooks have pictures. In this case, it helped both my son and I choose recipes we thought he would like. Several recipes caught our eye right away: Mulligatawny Soup, Gluten free Flatbread, Chicken Teriyaki, Beef Stew, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pia's Famous Chocolate Brownie Mug Cake, and Chocolate Dipped Coconut Ice Pops.
I would recommend this book to anyone learning about food allergies/sensitivities. The Elimination Diet offers a lot of good advice and the recipes really look good. I can't wait to try some.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
About the Author (from the publisher)
As a chef, former caterer, and much-loved food blogger, Heather Christo’s life revolves around food, so when she and her daughters were diagnosed with severe food allergies, she thought her life—and career—were over. With ingredients like gluten, dairy, nuts, and even cane sugar and black pepper permanently off the menu, Heather had to teach herself to cook all over again. Much to her surprise, however, she discovered that taking control of her family’s diet and wellness led to a new sense of empowerment, bringing her family closer together than ever before while permanently banishing the ill health that had been their “normal” for years.