Food Allergy Cookbook: Review & Giveaway.

Ever since our daughter was diagnosed with Celiacs Disease, I have been hoarding collecting gluten free recipes. I look for fresh and new dishes, as well as gluten free versions of some of my favourites.

I recently had a great opportunity to try out a guide and cookbook geared specifically for people with food allergies.

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Finally, Food I Can Eat, by Shirley Plant, is book designed specifically for households that have one or more dietary restriction.

Although at it’s core, it is a cookbook, it is so much more than that. Complete with nutritional guides, meal planning and helpful hints, this cookbook doubles as a complete guide for living with health conditions and food intolerance.

Here is a list to sum up some of the great features included;

  • A useful introduction and guide to food allergies and intolerances.
  • A quick guide to Natural Food Chemicals, Food Additives, Food Families, and Rotation Diets.
  • Substitutions and alternatives to common foods that you need to avoid.
  • A meal planning guide for specialized health needs such as celiac disease, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, multiple food allergies, food intolerance or any other illness or health condition.
  • Recipes that are low in sugar and cholesterol and are great for those following diabetic, candida, allergy-free, or heart-smart diets.
  • A quick reference index, sorted by course, to outline each dietary restriction.

Looking at the index, I could very easily locate which recipes were gluten free. I quickly noticed many of the dishes had a check box beside everything; free of wheat, yeast, eggs, dairy, gluten, soy, corn, nuts, and sugar. There are also many vegetarian options.

The cookbook portion is incredibly easy to follow, with clear instructions and a very clean layout. The ingredients are listed in a side bar, providing a very quick reference, and often provides some variations or options to suite your specific tastes.

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The first dish I decided to try was Quinoa Soup. My little lady had said she wanted “cheese bread”  – toddler code for grilled cheese – for dinner that night and I thought this soup would be the perfect compliment.

The Quinoa Soup recipe called for all fresh ingredients and was very easy to make. I had it completed in under half an hour. A chunk of that time was spent with the soup simmering, which gave me the perfect opportunity to bust out our sandwich press and multitask!

Quinoa Soup! Recipe + allergy focused cookbook review & giveaway coming on the blog next week!
— Crys Wiltshire (@CrysWiltshire) March 9, 2013

For our gluten free grilled cheese, I used gluten free bread, double cream brie and fresh apple slices, done up panini style. So yummy!

Garnished with a few left over apple slices, the end result was a delicious & fresh tasting meal that was a hit with the whole family. That’s saying something, since I have a toddler.

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Want to get your hands on a free copy of this great food allergy cookbook and guide?

General Store Publishing House agreed to give away one copy of Finally, Food I Can Eat. To enter, comment below and let me know what meal accommodations (if any) you deal with in your home. One comment per person. Canada & US residents only. Deadline to enter is Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be notified and announced on here on Friday, March 22nd.

Disclaimer – Author Shirley Plant provided me with a complementary copy of Finally, Food I Can Eat and asked me to review it with my honest opinion. The thoughts expressed in this review are genuine and are my own.


  1. says

    I am in the process of trying to identify what seems to be a food allergy. Haven’t found the culprit yet, but I suspect it might be sugar. Using some of these recipes might help me narrow it down, not to mention helping me prepare yummy meals even AFTER I’ve discovered the problem!

    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  2. says

    It looks like a great cookbook. We have cut out grains and dairy and I noticed a huge difference in my son, his thinking is more clear and he handles school so much better. His dry skin disappeared and he is overall healthier. It can be a challenge to come up with meal ideas..


  3. says

    This would be great for my sister who has 2 boys with dairy allergies/sensitivities.

    your “cheese bread” sounds great. I’ve had a goat cheese, spinach and avocado grilled cheese the last few times I’ve made them and it is delicious!

  4. says

    Hello, Ideally Speaking. It is my first time here. I found your giveaway through Mom vs the Boys – Great Canadian Giveaway Linky. In my household we accommodate Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Disorder, gall stones and arthritis. The items we avoid are nuts, fried foods, high fat foods, seeds, raw vegetables, and caffeine. I would make great use of a free copy of this great food allergy cookbook and guide. I want to thank General Store Publishing House & Ideally Speaking for this great giveaway of one copy of Finally, Food I Can Eat.

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