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Allergy-Free Comfort Foods Cookbook Giveaway

144 Comments 19 January 2012

Complete Allergy Free Comfort Foods Cookbook
The Complete Allergy Free Comfort Foods Cookbook

Today I had gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free, egg-free Twinkie lookalikes show up at my front door, courtesy of Elisabeth Gordon. The recipe for these little beauties is in her new book The Complete Allergy-Free Comfort Foods Cookbook.

(Note: I recognize that health issues that respond to a gluten-free diet are not necessarily related to a gluten “allergy”. However, many of us that are gluten-free due to celiac disease do have other food intolerances.)

Have you met Elizabeth Gordon yet? No? Let me introduce you.

I met Elizabeth a few years ago when she dropped off some of her Betsy & Claude brand gluten-free cookies at my office job in midtown Manhattan. (Sorry, I don’t think I ever told you about them, but the packaging was totally eco-friendly adorable and the gingersnap cookies were to-die-for. These little babies were even featured on Rachel Ray as Snack Of The Day.)

Elizabeth gave up the hectic cookie company life in order to pursue writing allergy-friendly cookbooks. Her first book is titled Allergy-Free Desserts and now her latest creation is The Complete Allergy-Free Comfort Foods Cookbook.

Here’s the super hip book trailer.

I love her style. And how cute is her family?!

So, who wants to win a copy of the new handy gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free egg-free Complete Allergy Free Comfort Foods Cookbook?  Just post a comment below listing your food allergies to enter and I’ll have Elizabeth pick a winner next Thursday, January 26th, 2012.

If you are one of my fellow corn-free peeps, you can easily sub the xanthan gum for guar gum and baking powder for Hain Pure Foods brand gluten-free Featherweight Baking Powder. Most of the recipes will work for us.

Now go enter! 🙂

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144 Comments so far

  1. 51
    Bev says:

    I learned 5 years ago that I have gluten, dairy and egg allergies. The hardest thing for me was learning how to eat out without grilling the waiter/chef while my companions squirmed in their seats with slight embarrassment. Folks without allergies don’t understand the importance of knowing EXACTLY what ingredients are in restaurant foods! I learned to find out where we were going and then called ahead to determine what I should order. In many cases, the chef created a special dish for me and told me what to call it..then would tell the waitstaff so as not to tip off anyone to our ‘secret agreement’. I wished that more restaurants had allergen-free menus that were easy to read/understand. What a treat (and relief) that would be! I’m very anxious to check out this new recipe book. Thanks so much for letting us know and for having such a wonderful and informative website!

  2. 52
    Marie Hayden says:

    Wow finally a cookbook for my family and my clients. Our home is filled with multiple allergies and we are all slightly different. Sometimes this has me cooking four different meals never mind if we have company!!! Looking forward to seeing some neat recipes and sharing them with my allergy clients!!!

  3. 53

    Gluten sensitive and dairy/Caisen intollerant. Feel way better eating this way.

  4. 54
    Paula says:

    I’m celiac and lactose intolerant.

  5. 55
    Tyra says:

    I have a son and daughter that are both allergic to peanuts. I am allergic to anything with gluten. It would be really helpful to be able to cook for all of us, instead of separate meals!

  6. 56
    Lucia Torregiani says:

    I was diagnosed in September with Celiac and just found out I am dairy and soy allergic as well, and have sensitivities to night shades, and citrus, I have become very depressed about cooking for myself and my family the holidays were horrible this year, my friends don’t invite me over anymore and going out is a struggle, the only bright side is I have lost 25lbs in the process and feel so much better. I would love to have this book and maybe invite my friends to my house for dinner.

  7. 57
    Kayla says:

    I have celiac so gluten and we are waiting to find out about dairy. My friend who I cook for is allergic to nuts. I absolutely love cooking and everything you post looks delicious.

  8. 58
    Virginia says:

    Ooh, my list is shrinking in some areas but growing in others; still haven’t found out what is causing the angioedema and would *love* to find out! In the meantime, here is my (food) allergy list:

    – some kind of flour, possibly wheat, but not a gluten allergy… go figure? Any ideas!?
    – lactose, possibly dairy
    – all things soy (that was a wretched experiment—took out all dairy and went all soy for months, couldn’t figure out what was causing the serious case of constant hives)
    – nuts, but not peanuts
    – most raw fruits & veggies (extremely frustrating)
    – sulphites
    – something mysterious

    And I think that’s it… Hope I win this because I’m desperate!

  9. 59
    Barrie says:

    Hi there! I am gluten-free, dairy-free and acid free, due to a diagnosis of IC. The acid free includes certain types of nuts, all citrus and most berries and apples.

    Would love to discover some alternatives!!!

  10. 60
    Sheila says:

    Hello – My son is allergic/intolerant to gluten, casein, soy, corn, eggs, nuts, seeds, olives, canola oil (plus more). I am intolerant of gluten, casein, soy, corn & canola oil. We cook all our meals from scratch – I would love more inspiration. School lunches are a huge challenge! And I’ve been attempting to rotate (as recommended) as much as possible but the sheer number of allergies even makes rotation of foods super challenging. Thanks!

  11. 61
    Dianne says:

    Where to begin? Well, corn, soy, dairy are never invited to my house for dinner! Citric acid which is generally corn derived and in many vitamins, juices and foods are a challenge; some companies are switching to citric acid made from beets, but not many.
    I find it safest to eat foods prepared by me. A new allergy-free cookbook that promises comfort is a most welcome guest in my home.

  12. 62
    Alexis G says:

    I’m a celiac who also cannot have dairy. At least I’m not allergic to chocolate like my sister! I’m not much of a cook but maybe that’s because I haven’t found the right cookbook yet.

  13. 63
    Cheryl Lunde says:

    I am allergic to wheat, rice, shrimp, sugar. The rice is difficult because everything gluten free is made with some sort of rice flour.

  14. 64
    Lisa says:

    I am gluten and dairy intolerant. My son is also dairy intolerant. I love cookbooks!

  15. 65
    Joanne says:

    I have celiac disease so must be gluten free. I have no problems with diary or nuts. I am always looking for new recipes and ones with comfort would be most welcome!!!

  16. 66
    Holly says:

    I am a celiac and have sensitivity to soy and yeast. I also cook and bake for friends with similar allergies and one with a dairy allergy, one with a sever egg allergy. This book would be a great addition to my collection and give us some new options. Thanks for the offering….

  17. 67
    Alissa says:

    My son and husband are wheat, egg and dairy intolerant. We love to try tasty allergy free recipes.

  18. 68
    Chris says:

    I have celiac disease and am lactose intolerant. Thanks for the chance to win your cookbook!

  19. 69
    Jule Ann says:

    I am allergic to wheat, gluten, and dairy. I also have an allergy to latex, but that’s not food related. This allergy-free comfort food cookbook looks wonderful!!!

    Thank you for offering this give-away:)

  20. 70
    Jillian says:

    Currently experimenting eating gluten and dairy free to improve a thyroid disorder. Gooooooo ladies for taking care of your bodies!

  21. 71
    Debbie says:

    My daughter has the following food allergies/sensitivities: cottonseed, oat, soybean, apricot, cauliflower, cranberry, pumpkin, blueberry, gluten, plum, grapefruit, peanut, wheat, barley, cherry, peach, asparagus, canola, hazelnut, raspberry, milk, rye, white potato, carrot, chili pepper, pecans, wax bean, casein, paprika and rosemary. Would love a copy of this book. I need all the help I can get to make meals she can and will eat.

  22. 72
    Jane says:

    I am celiac and cannot eat wheat, rye, barley, or oats. And because many years of being gluten-free have not resolved my severe cronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, I am trying to live totally grain-free. Would love to try your recipies!

  23. 73
    Melissa says:

    Hey, thanks for the opportunity to win your cookbook! I’m currently being tested for celiac, but I am basically allergic to everything but water, fruits, and some veggies. Unfortuinately, corn is a big allergy, so any recipes omitting corn and grain would be fantastic!

  24. 74
    Carol says:

    I am allergic to gluten and my husband is sensitive to dairy. It is very difficult cooking separate meals, let alone, time consuming.

    I would enjoy surprising my family with some great meals we all could enjoy.


  25. 75
    Karmel says:

    I think it would be easier to list what I can tolerate, rather than what I can’t. It took 60 years to find out that all my medical problems were caused by food, and now that I know… I am totally confused as to what I can eat to get the nutrition I need!

    I can not have gluten, MSG, white potatoes, corn, dairy, eggs, acidic foods (or those that turn acidic in the body), meat, vinegar (except natural apple cider vinegar, mushrooms, or anything fermented.

    Oh, yes… also need to watch sugar, most fruit, and some nuts! Now, I hear that night shade veggies may be causing issues with my arthritis and other inflammation.

    My son tells people that I can eat anything, as long as it is rice, beans, avocado, or tomatoes (oops, I guess tomatoes are night shade) 🙂

  26. 76
    Ronda McCoy says:

    I recently found out i have Celiac Disease and it is turning out to be a nitemare. I am sure I do not have to mention how crazy expensive the food is and learning what taste good is a lot of work. I need some great tips and good recipes. I also can not have peanuts.

  27. 77
    Jessica shaw says:

    I have celiac disease and cannot tolerate even the smallest amount of gluten. So does my mother. I am lactose intolerant and soy intolerant as well. My mother is allergic to cheese, corn, and mushrooms as well. Yet she can have other dairy products.

  28. 78
    Lisa says:

    Gluten intolerant and VERY sensitive to sugar.
    Still figuring out how dairy fits into the equation. On top of that, my husband is a vegetarian and I am morphing into one. Some recipes for comfort food that would fit our diets would be great!

  29. 79
    tanya ci says:

    I have celiac and often wonder if I might have other sensitivities esp. as only low iron and achy joints were my celiac symptoms.

    There are also 3 diabetics in the family so anything that helps with healthier eating is a plus!

  30. 80
    domestic diva says:

    In our house (total) we have allergies to all grains, cow dairy, soy, and legumes.

  31. 81
    Michelle says:

    I am sensitive to gluten, corn/corn flour/cornmeal, cow/goat dairy, tomatoes, potatoes, tapioca starch, potato starch, xanthan and guar gum (I use Karaya gum under the Wilton brand called Gum Tex), and chocolate.

  32. 82
    Sherri says:

    My husband has celiac disease, and I have multiple sclerosis. My food allergy (at least the one I know about) is dairy. I get migraines almost immediately after consuming anything that has a trace of dairy in it. This is why my husband and I no longer eat out at restaurants; we cook everything at home.

    About four years ago I changed my diet in hopes it would help the MS symptoms. I went gluten, dairy and sugar-free. It certainly made me feel better and it helped me lose a ton of weight…151 lbs. to be exact!

    I would love to win a copy of this cookbook!:)

  33. 83
    christina says:

    I have a gluten intolerance, dairy and egg intolerance…corn doesn’t like me much as well. Since I don’t know how to cook effectively, and i have lost 20 lbs and muscle, i want to gain and absorb weight. I read somewhere that Celiac disease is also neurological as well as a digestive disease. this book will improve my health greatly, I have been taking supplement s for my lacking of vitamins, but g.f. food is still difficult. It will help me reduce my monthly grocery bill of 300-400 a month too.

  34. 84
    christina says:

    Also, i have to avoid spices, since i can’t tolerate that too.

  35. 85
    Becky says:

    Glutendeath and my dearly departed dairy are my sworn enemies. I have recently been trying to add eggs back into my diet after a bad break up, but I am finding I cannot be with them alone. If they are in the company of baked goods they don’t bother me, but scrambled or boiled…they kill me.

  36. 86
    betty popp says:

    I just went vegan so this book is perfect for me! Looks delicious.

  37. 87
    Homa says:

    My daughter is allergic to wheat, oats, corn, soy, milk, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, and grapes. My son has tomato and apricot allergies on top of what we avoid for our daughter. I don’t cook with any of their allergens and we also don’t eat meat. Oh, other family members are allergic to avocado, eggplant, and mango. Love to get new ideas from cookbooks since I cook all day every day!

  38. 88
    SuS Longiaru says:

    Gluten, dairy and soy, this book sure seems like a winner.

  39. 89
    Maria from Greece says:

    I’ve recently been impressed with how removing gluten, dairy and sugar from my diet can actually do wonders for my energy! Years ago I would have never believed it.

  40. 90
    Chantal says:

    I have oral allergy syndrome and am allergic to birch tree pollen which in turn has me currently allergic to: almonds, hazelnuts, wheat, soy and raw apples, pears, peaches and plums… Makes it really tricky to be vegan!

  41. 91
    Valaina Maher says:

    I am gluten-free.

  42. 92
    Elizabeth says:

    The trifecta of gluten, dairy, and soy. I love her allergy-free dessert book! I take it with me when I travel.

  43. 93
    Lori says:

    My daughter, Elizabeth has EE and celiac. She is allergic to milk and soy.

  44. 94
    Taryn says:

    I found out last year that I am gluten and lactose intolerant. I am also a vegetarian, so eating is quite tricky! Would love a cookbook!

  45. 95
    Lacey says:

    Self-diagnosed allergies (Dr wasn’t much help and allergies I have had since a kid with obvious reactions didn’t even show up on the test – but I digress)

    Gluten, chocolate, peanuts, shellfish, beef, pork, lactose intolerance and I have to be careful with soy. The beef and pork I think could be reactions to something in the processing (possibly the chocolate as well) but I haven’t gotten brave enough to experiment with buying my own hormone-free, antibiotic free, grass-fed, etc. beef and pork. One of these days.

    I’ve become quite adept at altering recipes, but top allergen free recipes are so much easier to play around with. Would love to get my hands on this cookbook and have some fun.

  46. 96
    Melissa says:

    Wow I am so looking forward to reading this! I am a celiac and cutting out dairy….so excited

  47. 97
    Jenny says:

    I follow a gluten-free, corn-free, soy-free, and dairy-free diet. I’m also sensitive to eggs. I’d love her cookbook – sounds to-die-for!

  48. 98
    Tori says:

    Hello! In addition to my gluten allergy I’m also allergic to corn, dairy, MSG and Bananas (yes, Bananas!). I’ve read up a little on this cookbook and am very excited. I’m a mother of two and the only one in my family with allergies (at least so far!). Cooking allergy friendly for a family that doesn’t need to be isn’t the easiest task in the world, and it’s definitely the “comfort foods” that I’m missing right now. Thank you for the opportunity to enter your contest!

  49. 99
    Susan says:

    Gluten, dairy, and egg free also allergic to Tumeric and ginger and all poultry. Also tree nuts. Look forward to seeing the recipes in this book.

  50. 100
    Kristen says:

    I’m always looking for a new GF cookbook!

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