Review: The Complete Allergy-Free Comfort Foods Cookbook

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Do you or a loved one have any food allergy? Then this is the cookbook for you, my friend.

Elizabeth Gordon pretty much tosses out the gamut of trigger foods – gluten, dairy, soy, nuts and eggs –  so no matter what your intolerance, you can make any recipe in The Complete Allergy-Free Comfort Foods Cookbook and rest assured that everyone can sample.

Elizabeth sticks with comfort foods, and everything you could imagine is here, from breakfast (french toast, blueberry pancakes) to main courses (fried chicken, empanadas), sides (hush puppies, cornbread) and desserts ( jelly donuts, chocolate chip cookies). Since many of these types of foods are off limits to many, this book is a great way to bring the old favorites back into the family diet or introduce them to sufferers who have never had the opportunity to dig in to a big ole slab of cherry pie or a warm-from-the-oven slice of banana bread.

I’ve personally added the empanadas into the weekly routine. They take a little time to pull together, since you have to make the dough, cook up the filling, assemble and bake, but  you now have several lunches or, if you make a couple batches at once, plenty to freeze for quick meals. One is enough, paired with soup or salad.

The other recipes I tested, from chicken curry to spring risotto and whoopie pies, were just as easy and tasty.
As is the norm with other allergy-free cookbooks, Elizabeth also includes several intros and appendices ranging from a dictionary of ingredients (newcomers to this type of culinary experience will appreciate the “what the heck is” aspect), substitutions, measurement conversions and a where-to-shop list of online and bricks-and-mortar groceries. This is Elizabeth’s second cookbook, the first being Allergy-Free Desserts, so she’s knows her way around creating easy-to-follow recipes and tasty treats.

If you’re looking for a good one-stop-shopping cookbook to meet a variety of dietary needs, The Complete Allergy-Free Comfort Foods Cookbook is the way to go.

We’ve included two recipes and a Q&A with author Elizabeth Gordon. Check them out.

Spring Risotto

Whoopie Pies

Q&A with Elizabeth Gordon

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