Guest Author - Brandii Lacey
Did you know that there are three million children in the United States that have food allergies?
That fact alone can make cooking for kids with food allergies challenging for many families. However, the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network published a phenomenal cookbook designed to make cooking fun, educational, and safe.
The cookbook is called “Cooking Together” and is a must have for any family coping with food allergies.
"The sooner parents engage children in taking control of their food allergies, the more empowered they will be," said Anne Muñoz-Furlong, Founder of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network. "The Cooking Together cookbook provides easy to prepare allergen-friendly recipes that will make learning to cook fun for children while they spend quality time with a parent. The added bonus is tasty treats such as cookies and cakes that the entire family can enjoy!"
Cooking Together provides an easy to read symbol page at the beginning of each chapter. The symbols indicate which allergens are not included in the recipes. The symbols are clearly marked at the top of each recipe.
The allergies covered in this book include milk, egg, wheat, peanut, soy, and nut. As if featuring allergy free recipes wasn’t enough, Cooking Together offers so much more. There are detailed pages that cover safety tips, cooking terms, cooking tools, measuring tips, kitchen math and decorating ideas.
Alexander the Elephant is a friendly guide in this cookbook, who provides many useful tips throughout the recipes. The recipes are plentiful, and the chapters are creatively worded. The chapters include:
• Rise and Shine
• It’s Snack Time
• The Cookie Jar
• The Main Event
• Room for Dessert?
• Play with your Food
In addition to the delicious recipes featured in these chapters, each recipe has a notes section. You and your child can write down any changes or thoughts on the recipe for a future use. There are also reminders on each page to read ingredient labels, something that is important to learn at an early age.
There’s no doubt that cooking for kids with food allergies can be challenging. However, this cookbook is an excellent starting point to help tackle the challenge.
For more information, please visit the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network website at www.foodallergy.org or give them a call at (800)929-4040.