By Editors of Kiwi Magazine
Andrews McMeel Publishing, $24.99, 240 pages
Allergy-Friendly Food for Families is a great addition to any parent’s shelf. Even if your family doesn’t struggle with allergies, this cookbook has a beautiful array of natural foods. The 120 nutritious recipes bring together lots of different foods, flavors and colors. Although there are not photos for each recipe, the photographs are wonderfully styled. The pages have color-coded tab-like elements, which provide an at-a-glance view of a recipe. If it is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free or soy-free, the recipe will indicate it with the various colored tabs. The recipes are divided into breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snacks and parties. Examples of the recipes are: blueberry corncakes, meat loaf muffins, chicken potpie, chocolate toasties, carrot fries and polenta mini pizzas.
Besides the great recipes, the editors provide sections explaining how to create an allergy-free pantry, an introduction to the “-free” life. Most helpfully, the index lists recipes by allergies. Interspersed throughout the book are pages explaining how to teach your children to cook, for example, breading, juicing and zesting, or rolling pizza dough. This is a go-to cookbook, whether dealing with allergy challenges or not.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Humphrey