Food allergies are on the rise, and many home chefs have had to become familiar with tiptoeing through the minefield of irritating and/or dangerous ingredients in order to get a meal on to the table that all can tuck into with comfort, safety and enjoyment. It is that last element that is often challenging to conjure in the allergy-aware kitchen. But now two mothers whose children have significant food allergies have come up with a cookbook that puts the fun back into allergy-free cooking while also delivering a wealth of practical, jargon-free advice on the practical aspects of cooking, shopping and eating out. Parents who are just coming to terms with their child's allergies will find the section on labelling particularly useful.
Many parents of children with allergies will no doubt heave a sigh of relief at this cookbook. Borne from the experiences of two mums with children who have multiple allergies, the dishes are free from dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soya, gluten, sesame and shellfish. What's left I hear you cry? Well, quite a lot actually; sweet and sour pork, shepherd's pie, lamb kebabs and chilli nachos being just a few, with sweet treats like banana bread, chocolate cake and ice lollies. Best of all, there are tipss on everything from how to deal with birthday parties, eating out and travelling, as well as packed lunch ideas.
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