Allergies. Intolerances. Sensitivities. Aversions. These days it seems like everyone either has one (or more) or knows multiple people who do. Sometimes we change our eating habits because of an issue like that. Other times we’re detoxing or trying a new eating lifestyle or simply feel like eating a particular way for one meal. How can we make sense of it all or help others make sense of it?
A few months ago fellow blogger Vicky of Mom Who Runs told me about a book called Finally… Food I Can Eat! by Shirley Plant, now in its fourth printing. “she has an amazing cookbook and guide for people who have food allergies/intolerances.”, wrote Vicky.
Plant understands the difficulties of meal planning around allergies etc. She herself was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and numerous allergies. Now she’s a nutritional consultant in Ottawa and has guest-posted for a number of food and allergy blogs.
The day the book arrived I read it cover to cover on the subway. And then I put it on my desk, where it’s been sitting since, waiting to be used and written about, because I wanted to give it proper attention.
Cookbook and guide
It’s nearly 50 pages of guide before cookbook, beginning with the definitions of “allergy”, “hypersensitivity”, “food intolerance” and “food sensitivity”. It offers guidance to help determine which, if any, you’re experiencing. This is extremely useful as these terms are often used interchangeably. She subsequently discusses food chemicals and additives.
Like other books, Plant discusses substitutions for ingredients that people have aversions to, definitions of different grains and legumes and how to cook them. No matter how many cookbooks include this, it’s always useful to have so close to the recipes.
My favourite parts of the book
The appendices, especially the Allergen Avoidance Index. I love this for its table. Along the left side is a list of recipes with page number. Along the top are abbreviations for meal types such as “wheat free”, “yeast free”, “dairy free” and so forth. It’s organized by topic (“breakfast and Juices”, “main dishes and lunches” and so forth).
I went to this on Monday when I wanted a Meatless Monday recipe that used as many ingredients as I had in my possession as possible.
I found the Salmon Croquette recipe, which required mashing potatoes, mixing them with a can of salmon and adding a few other things. I had canned salmon. I had both potatoes and leftover mashed potatoes. I thought I had an onion. I went out to buy dill & a few other things, returned home, and discovered that we were out of onions. I added some other stuff, , such as hemp seeds, to mine.
Below is Plant’s recipe. I used leftover mashed potatoes and made a few more tweaks.
Vicky suggested that I run a contest with the book, but I don’t want to give my copy away because I like it too much (sometimes I get multiple copies of a book so that I can keep one and give the other away). I will encourage you to buy it, directing you to Amazon.ca, where the paperback edition is $16.62 and the Kindle edition is $9.99.
Take a look at the list below, tell me which one sounds best to you.
I’ll do a draw and the winner will win the prize requested.
- Chocolate Chip
- Almond Raisin
- Cranberry Orange
- Chocolate Chip
- Lemon Shortbread
- Snappy Ginger
Peanut Butter– “Ooh, cookies!”, came my boyfriend’s voice from the kitchen. Just as I called inside to tell him they were gluten-free, he was opening the bag of peanut butter cookies. Now I can attest that they’re good.
Note: They are NOT vegan or sugar free. The inclusion of ingredients such as organic sugar, eggs and butter (products may have one or any combination) is what makes them so tasty.
Giveaway is open now until Monday morning, May 6. I’ll announce the winner on Monday or Tuesday.