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Since one of my granddaughters is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts, I have first-hand knowledge of the concerns associated with food allergies. Rudnicki‚Äôs book is a welcome addition to my culinary library, and I‚Äôm looking forward to using it on a regular basis.
Cookbook Reviews by Barbara Revsine, Edible Chicago, Spring 2010
A new study found that the number of kids with a food allergy has increased by 18 percent‚ÄĒmeaning 1 in 25 are susceptible to reactions to everyday ingredients. One of the first foods to go for many? Baked treats (cookies, cakes, and muffins), which are usually made with one or more of the most common allergenic foods, such as nuts, dairy, and eggs. That‚Äôs why we love Kelly Rudnicki‚Äôs new cookbook, The Food Allergy Mama‚Äôs Baking Book ($19.95; Agate Surrey), with its dozens of delicious dairy-, egg-, and nut-free recipes. Turns out, those ingredients aren‚Äôt as critical to moist, delicious oatmeal‚Äďchocolate chip cookies as we thought. Below, some of the dairy, egg, and nut substitutes Rudnicki uses:
- PLAIN SOY MILK: 1 cup for every cup of dairy milk
- TOFUTTI’S DAIRY-FREE SOUR CREAM AND CHEESE CAKE: for recipes that call for either of the dairy versions
- UNSWEETENED APPLESAUCE OR MASHED BANANA: ¬ľ cup for every egg
- WATER: ! tablespoon for every egg
- SOY NUT BUTTER: use instead of peanut butter and nuts, to taste
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Chances are, someone in your office or your kid‚Äôs class is vegan, lactose-intolerant, or allergic to half the ingredients in your famous snickerdoodles. Learn to whip up all your favorites without eggs, dairy or nuts‚ÄĒand in most cases, with less fat.
As a physician who has treated children with life threatening allergies for the past 18 years, I often see the challenges that parents face in everyday living. Many children with food allergies cannot experience the day-to-day joys of going to birthday parties and having a birthday cake. Eating a cake may be one of life‚Äôs simple pleasures, but not easy when you have severe life threatening food allergies.
Children are often teased that they cannot have sweets, cannot have a normal diet, they have to sit at designated food allergy areas at schools. Parents try to normalize their kids’ lives and diets but find it very hard to do so with the processed foods and labels that now have every disclaimer that is possible. This stress often leads to social and behavioral complications associated with food allergies. As sad as it may seem, bullying in schools is now commonplace for a child with severe food allergies. Everything that can normalize a child‚Äôs life should be looked at and explored by parents and physicians.
Looking further through this book and reading some of the recipes really took me back to my childhood days when my mom would bake at home, the smell of fresh chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon bread, and of course the classic yellow birthday cake. Wouldn‚Äôt every parent want to capture that first birthday cake smeared all over their child ‚Äės face and them loving every bit of it?
The Food Allergy Mama‚Äôs Baking Book would be a wonderful addition to my teaching materials and information that I pass on to parents and patients in my allergy practice. This book will help physicians and parents start to help ‚Äúnormalize‚ÄĚ children as they grow up in a world that doesn‚Äôt fully understand severe life threatening food allergies.
- Dr. Sai R. Nimmagadda, M.D.
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Even if your child doesn’t have a food allergy, chances are that one of her classmates does, which can make bringing snacks to school events challenging. Enter Kelly Rudnicki, a food allergy-awareness advocate and mother of four from Wilmette, Illinois.
Rudnicki’s Web site, foodallergymama.com, is loaded with useful recipes and tips for handling food allergies at home and in school. “When my son turned one, the only recipe I could find for a dairy- and egg-free cake that he could eat was terrible,” says Kelly. “So I set out to make treats that would taste as good as the real deal.”
To try her recipes (such as the banana chocolate chip muffins shown here), check out her blog or her book due out in October: The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book: Great Dairy-, Egg-, and Nut-Free Treats for the Whole Family (Agate Surrey, $20).
‚Äď Disney FamilyFun, September 2009
“I salivate as I read this cookbook…I especially appreciate that Kelly
included specific brands of ingredients and very detailed lists of
substitutions. The reader will find this information both helpful and
- 10 School Safety Tips for Children With Food Allergies: Insight From Food Allergy Parents, Experts & Advocates by Marissa Brassfield, CalorieLab (January 14, 2011)
- Understanding Food Allergies by Richard Laliberte, Woman’s Day (December 22, 2010)
- Vegan Baking Cookbook Features Traditional Classics by Larry Cox, Tucson Citizen (December 22, 2010)
- 5 food blogs we love, DinnerTool.com (December 8, 2010)
- The tasty lifestyle, WholeFoods Magazine (December 2010)
- For families living with food allergy, maintaining child’s safety is job No. 1, Appleton (Wis.) Post Crescent (October 30, 2010)
- After-school Treats from the “Food Allergy Mama”, ABC 7 Chicago (October 7, 2010)
- Review: The Food Allergy Mama‚Äôs Baking Book by Anton Olsen, Wired (August 29, 2010 )
- Allergic Cubs fans cheer peanut-free zone at ballpark by Dan Rozek, Chicago Sun-Times (August 24, 2010 )
- Cookbook Reviews by Barbara Revsine, Edible Chicago (Spring 2010)
- Kicking things off in honor of my E!, Smiling Green Mom (May 10, 2010)
- The Food Allergy Mama‚Äôs Baking Book An Island Life (May 9, 2010)
- Chocolate chip cookies for everyone by Sylvia Anderson, St. Joseph (Missouri) News-Press (May 5, 2010)
- The Food Allergy Mama Baking Book The Fashionable Bambino (April 30, 2010)
- Allergen-Free Treats: Food Allergy Books and Bookmarks, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s Whole Living (April 29, 2010)
- Allergen free and Vegan Springtime Treats, guest post by Kelly on Parenting Pink! (April 26, 2010)
- Back from Chicago Cybele Pascal (April 20, 2010)
- Allergy Free Baking-Apple House Cinnamon Doughnuts, Macaroni Kid (Mercer Island, Washington — April 14, 2010)
- Safe-to-savor baked treats, by Michele Barboa SheKnows (April 13, 2010)
- Kelly Rudnicki‚Äôs new book, Clean Out The Pantry (April 12, 2010)
- Tasty Allergen-Free Recipes – New Cookbook, The Things We Get (by Taste Magazine Cincinnati) (April 12, 2010)
- New cookbook offers tasty allergen-free recipes, Leader-Post (Regina, Saskatchewan — April 12, 2010)
- New cookbook offers tasty allergen-free recipes, Canada.com Blog of Blogs (April 12, 2010)
- Food Allergy Mama chosen as #18 in Babble’s Top 50 Best Food-blogging Moms — and #6 in Healthiest Eating (April 10, 2010)
- Review: The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book, Booking Mama (March 21, 2010)
- Berry Muffins, Can I Get the Recipe? (March 5, 2010)
- Cool cookbook! (PDF version here), Parenting Magazine (March 2010)
- Book Recommendation, Life with a Dairy-Free Toddler (February 16, 2010)
- Eat this, not that‚ÄĒOr else, Library Journal (January 15, 2010): “This hot-off-the-presses gem is a baking basic for moms raising kids with food allergies. The whole family will enjoy the recipes, though there’s a focus on dealing with birthday parties and allergy-free treats for school.”
- Pantry Challenge Update, Cook. Vegan. Lover. (January 13, 2010)
- Food fight: Problems of allergies in so many edibles, by Sara Burrows, Pioneer Local (Chicago suburbs, January 7, 2010)
- Dinner Three: Quick Pizza Dough with Your Choice of Toppings, Can I Get the Recipe? (December 25, 2009)
- Mom creates allergy cookbook by Lisa Glowinski, Rockford Register Star (Rockford, IL, December 23, 2009)
- Kelly Rudnicki: How my child’s allergies inspired my cookbook, Nancy Churnin, Reporter, Dallas Moms blog, The Dallas Morning News (December 11, 2009)
- Foodista Food Blog of the Day (December 6, 2009)
- The Food Allergy Mama’s Allergen-Free Baked Goods Taste Like the Real Thing by Liz Logan, Make It Better North Shore (Wilmette, Illinois / December 2009)
- Mother’s baking cookbook conquers food allergies by Julie Gilkay, The Post-Crescent (Appleton, Wisconsin / November 11, 2009)
- Safe-to-savor baked treats, SheKnows (November 5, 2009)
- Hometown talent has hook on fall cookbooks by Janet Rausa Fuller, Food Editor, Chicago Sun-Times (November 4, 2009)
- Review in Wisconsin Bookwatch / The Midwest Book Review (November 2009)
- Wilmette’s Food Allergy Mama whips up allergen-free recipes by Nona Willis Aronowitz, Triblocal.com: Wilmette/Kenilworth (October 26, 2009)
- Author, restaurateur team up on ‘Allergen Free Baking Book’, Wilmette Life (October 22, 2009)
- Books for Adults, Halifax Area Anaphylaxis Group (October 15, 2009)
- Today’s Diet and Nutrition magazine (October 2009, p. 56): “[Kelly's] tips for baking, reading labels, and allergy-sensitive entertaining, as well as her allergy-friendly product suggestions, will be a boon to anyone who shops and cooks for family members at risk from common allergens.”
- Breaking Out (p. 15), North Shore magazine (October 2009): “The way we see it, Kelly Rudnicki’s new cookbook might actually save your child’s taste buds… how many worthwhile cookbooks can you name that are designed exclusively for people who suffer from food allergies?”
- New Healthy Cookbooks We Love!, Shape Magazine (October 2009)
- Happy meals: Steering kids through battlefield of food allergies by Anupy Singla, Chicago Sun-Times (September 2, 2009)
- Web site we love, Disney FamilyFun (September 2009)