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The Milk-Free Kitchen
Living with Allergies
People with allergies live in a somewhat different world from the ordinary. Whereas a heart patient can have occasional small amounts of saturated fat without any ill effects, someone who is allergic to a food will know soon and painfully if he or she ate the wrong thing.
Living with food allergy implies a whole different way of looking at food. Constant vigilance becomes second nature. People with food allergies have difficulty at buffet meals and learn either to eat beforehand or else contribute a dish. Scrutinizing salads and examining unfamiliar stews become automatic.
If you are sensitive to nuts and you mistakenly eat some, your reaction to this accidental dose will range from a mildly upset stomach to something that sends you to the emergency room and might even kill you. Milk presents essentially the same problems as nuts do, except that milk is more widely used in western food than are nuts, and once food has been stirred the milk disappears from sight. I have learned these things as the wife of a man who is severely allergic to nuts and as the mother of two children who became severely allergic to cows' milk in their late teens, and it has colored the way I think about food.
With most allergies all you need to do is avoid the offending substance—eliminating nuts or chocolate from your diet, or keepingaway from dogs, or staying indoors during ragweed season, isn't going to hurt you. However, in our culture milk is the main source of valuable nutrients such as calcium and phosphorus (not getting enough of them will hurt you) and you must find out how to deal with this. You will probably need to take calcium pills. It is important for you to get advice from a physician or dietitian.
Copyright © 1988, 1991 by Beth Kidder
Posted February 25, 2004
I was very excited to order this publication and try some new recipes along with learning new substitution ideas. As soon as I got it, I began looking through and was very disappointed to find recipes that had margarine listed as an ingredient. Although margarine is made of mostly vegetable products, I've not found one that is completely dairy free. This book seemed to have many good basic home-cooking recipes. Since I already have my own collection of these, I have returned the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 2, 2003
The Milk Free Kitchen has been easy to implement into our busy lifestyle so that my husband and son can eat well and feel great. The Milk Free Kitchen is full of important facts for newly diagnosed persons like my family members. It is a must have.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 10, 2000
This has got to be the best cookbook I have ever purchased. Originally I had bought the book for milk allergies, but I have found that it has recipes that can be easily adapted to anyone's food restricted diet. She is also good about adding recipes that don't require eggs, which is also a common food allergy. All your mom's, grandma's, homecooked meals that can still taste good without needing dairy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2013
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