On Sale: February 5, 2013

AveryAnne Kosmoski

Parents of Children with Severe Allergies Never Have to Worry About Dinner (or Play dates) Again

Top 10 Parenting Books to Look for in 2013 – Parents Magazine

The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast Family Meals:
Dairy, Egg, and Nut Free Recipes for Every Day

 By Kelly Rudnicki

“Kelly Rudnicki’s The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast, Family Meals is the cure for the “food fatigue” that so many allergy families face. I was even inspired to get back into the kitchen to fire up some old family favorites in a new allergy-friendly way. Delightful!”
Gina Clowes, founder of AllergyMoms.com and Chairperson of the Food Allergy Initiative’s Advocacy Steering Committee

According to a study done by the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, nearly 6 million children in the US alone have some kind of food allergy. And the numbers are growing. Food allergens include dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, shellfish and fish.  Parents of kids with allergies are often overwhelmed by how to make meals that are both safe and delicious, and still uphold the important tradition of family dinner.

The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast Family Meals: Dairy, Egg, and Nut-Free Recipes for Every Day by Kelly Rudnicki (Avery, Paperback Original and eBook, $19, February 5, 2013) takes the complication out of allergen-free cooking and puts the fun and ease back in.

Kelly Rudnicki is not only a cookbook author, food allergy advocate, and popular food blogger; she is also the busy mother of five young children, one of whom has severe food allergies. With band practice, piano lessons, traveling sports teams, and active two-year-olds, spending a lot of time every night cooking dairy, nut and egg free was not in the cards. Kelly learned fast how to substitute, make meals from leftovers, and cook for the week on Sunday. She became a master at time management, efficiency and deliciousness.

The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast, Family Meals features food for the entire family – yummy enough for everyone with the worries of allergens taken out.  Kelly starts the book, rightfully so, with a child’s favorite meal – snacks— and continues from breakfast, to lunch, dinner, and treats for special occasions.

Her mouth-watering recipes include:

  • Rocky Road Popcorn
  • Breakfast Burritos
  • Baked Ziti
  • Oatmeal Fudge Bars
  • Cinnamon Spice Pancakes
  • Crostini with Pesto
  • Family Style Pot Roast
  • Chocolate Pudding Cake

And many more

Kelly firmly believe that allergen-free meals should not be devoid of taste and purposely tests her recipes on friends and neighbors who don’t have food allergies in order to make sure they taste “normal” like their non-allergenic versions. And the result is resoundingly delicious.

Along with 125 recipes, Kelly includes advice, tips and make-ahead tricks that make dinner time easy and efficient. She suggests making the Weekday Double Roast Chicken on Sunday and use the leftovers for other delicious meals such as Chicken Tortilla Soup, Chicken Pot Pie and Chicken Salad during the week. Also included in The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast Family Meals are suggestions for easy-to-find and inexpensive ingredient substitutions – like tofu, applesauce, and even water for eggs.

Kelly says, “Living with food allergies is a life-changing experience, but not always in a negative way. It has taught us to slow down and eat together. Families with food allergies cannot eat out at restaurants, order in pizza, or use prepackaged convenience foods. I had to learn to cook from scratch. And it really isn’t as hard as you might think. It’s all about shifting your perspective and making simple and delicious recipes that everyone in your family will love. Happy Cooking.”

About Avery:
Avery, an imprint focusing on health, wellness, fitness, psychology, and popular science, is best known for publishing cutting-edge, but accessible books from the top experts in their fields. Leading the backlist is one of the best-selling health books of all time, Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis Balch. Other top sellers include the The Juice Lady’s Guide to Juicing for Health by Cherie Calbom and Maureen Keene, The New Rules of Lifting by Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove and the New York Times bestsellers, The New Rules of LiftingThe Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half by Stephanie Nelson, Clark Howard’s Living Large in Lean Times by Clark Howard, and Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselstyn.


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