Spring into Wellness | The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book Review
Author: Kelly Rudnicki
About the Book:
Whether you are new to the world of allergen- free baking or have been baking this way for years, this book is invaluable. These recipes are more than delicious enough to be enjoyed by everyone, but they fill a particular need for families concerned about allergen safety. Recipes that really work- every single time, for every cook- are crucial; until there are more options for the food allergic, baking at home is the best way to go.
These delicious recipes use high-quality ingredients that are affordable and widely available. All the traditional favourites are included, with chapters devoted to the best and tastiest muffins and quick breads, cookies and bars, and all manner of cakes, pies, crisps, cobblers…you name it. In addition, the book is filled with practical advice and tips about dealing with classroom and birthday parties, as well as easy ingredient substitution ideas.
This book is an excellent resource for anyone suffering from food allergies. Personally, I find I am sensitive to dairy products. I am not allergic, but eating dairy never sits right with me so I don’t have much of it in my diet. I liked finding all the dairy free recipes in the book and salivating over how yummy they all look and sound.
I enjoyed the personal conversational style of the book and you really do feel like the author is talking to you and explaining everything at your level. She lists and describes the top dairy, egg and nut-free ingredients and gives your brand recommendations. I found this to be very helpful in knowing what to buy in the natural food stores. I learned in this section that if you add plain white vinegar to soy milk it will turn into buttermilk. It is just a gold mine of information. She also gives baking hints, lists dairy, egg and nut substitutes, talks about her favourite baking tools (I WANT a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer!!), tells you how to read labels and gives tips on how to deal with birthday and classroom parties for your children with food allergies. This is all just the beginning!
The best part of the book is the actual recipe section. I was drooling looking at the scrumptious desserts and wishing that I had a plate of them beside me! I don’t bake that much right now because of the extensive kitchen renovation going on in my home, but I wanted to try a recipe from the book. My choice was Oatmeal Muffins which looked easy enough and had ingredients that I knew that my local store carried. The only thing really different from regular muffins was the soy milk and everything else was pretty much standard (ie. flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, etc). I found them a breeze to whip up and they were really yummy and a perfect breakfast or afternoon snack. John couldn’t even tell that there was soy milk in there! I will definitely be making them again.
I look forward to trying out more of the recipes including the Italian Foccaccia Bread, Summer Blueberry Pie and the Key Lime Pie. Â Yum! And for my kids, I want to make them Chocolate Chip Cookies.
The only issue I found is that I had to travel to a bigger town because our grocery store is VERY SMALL and lacks selection. It is hard to find ANY type of dairy free ingredients there. This is a store that doesn’t even have a deli so your choices are very, very limited here. However, Sobey’s is only a 20 minute drive for me and they have a natural food section! Yay!
Overall, The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book is an excellent addition to my cookbook collection and one that I will be referring to it again.
I have one copy of The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book to giveaway to one of my readers.
*I was not financially compensated for this review. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*