Allergy sufferers around the globe will relate to the experiences of author, Teresa Thompson, in trying to eat out or prepare foods that will not cause allergic reactions. This cookbook, published by Dorrance Publishing, highlights her difficulties with artificial sweeteners and chemical additives like MSG and the bleaching agents used in white flour and white sugar. Ms. Thompson suffered severe, often life-threatening, reactions to these ingredients and her cookbook is the culmination of all she learned about eating in a way that kept her healthy.
The recipes use only natural ingredients and so, while they are useful for those suffering from severe food allergies, you will not find recipes that reflect modern views on healthy living. Many of the recipes are high in fat and sugar (the unbleached kinds) and so those needing to restrict those ingredients won’t find as much to use here, as those who are simply taking charge of their food allergies. With that in mind, this book does exactly what it sets out to do – teach people with severe allergies how to avoid chemical additives in the food they are eating and cooking.
Ms. Thompson includes recipes from all categories: Appetizers and Beverages, Entrees, Desserts, Side Dishes and More. Many of the tasty dishes she has created will remind you of a Sunday dinner at Grandma’s house — Meatloaf, Pot Roast, Pork Sausage Gravy, Company Potatoes, Creamy Cole Slaw, Red Skin Potato Salad, Cream Puffs, and Lemon Meringue Pie to name just a few. She weaves tips and hints into her recipes, so novice cooks learn more than just to cook that dish. They are taught things like the safe way to wash pesticides from fruits and vegetables or how to keep that “fishy” smell out of the kitchen when cooking seafood. The book is loaded with years of kitchen wisdom and experience.
For our family, comfort food usually means warm, filling and tasty. This cookbook will deliver on all three for those who have had to limit their diets because of allergies. They will enjoy the freedom to eat the foods they love, again, by simply getting back to the basics and using only natural ingredients.
To order your copy, visit Dorrance Publishing.
I received a complimentary copy of “Grandma’s Back to Basics All Natural More than Just a Cookbook” as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team. Visit dorrancebookstore.com to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team.