Top Back to School Cookbooks for Vegan, Dairy-Free, and Food Allergy-Friendly Recipes

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Back to School Cookbooks for special dietsOver the past five years I have had the chance to review and test dozens upon dozens of dairy-free cookbooks. Below are the ones that have received my five-star rating, and are perfect for the busy times of back to school. This quick list should have you covered for filling lunchboxes, tricky classroom parties and events, portable foods, and quick and easy family meals …

Title: Lunchbox Bites: A Dozen Delicious Recipes for On-The-Go Vegan Eats
Price: $5.00
Format: e-Book (immediate download upon purchase)
Free-From: Eggs, Dairy, Meat, and Animal Products
Focus: Homemade sweets and snacks to stash into lunchboxes for loved ones, or to grab and go during the morning rush. Each recipe has a full color photo. From the author of My Sweet Vegan, Hannah Kaminsky.

Title: Enjoy Life's Cookies for Everyone!:150 Delicious Gluten-Free Treats that are Safe for Most Anyone with Food Allergies, Intolerances, and Sensitivities
Price: $19.99 ($13.59 on Amazon)
Format: Paperback
Free-From: Eggs, Dairy, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Gluten, Wheat, and Soy
Focus: Cookies, bars, and snack bites that can be made and enjoyed by kids. The recipes are perfect for lunchbox stashes and classroom events, since all are free of major allergens in addition to gluten.

Title: Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living
Price: $19.95 ($13.57 on Amazon)
Format: Paperback
Free-From: Dairy, Mostly Egg-Free with Vegan and Vegetarian Options
Focus: A full guide and cookbook for living dairy-free (that is sans milk in any form, including casein, lactose, whey, etc.); includes dairy substitute recipes, snacks, baked goods, creamy soups, etc, with a focus on quick, easy, and inexpensive whole foods. From the founder of Go Dairy Free, Alisa Fleming.

Title: Vegan Lunchbox: 130 Amazing, Animal-Free Lunches Kids and Grown-Ups Will Love!
Price: $19.95 ($15.56 on Amazon)
Format: Paperback
Free-From: Eggs, Dairy, Meat, and Animal Products
Focus: Jennifer McCann is famous for her creative bento-style lunchboxes that she created for her son and blogged about. This book expands on her creation and offers dozens upon dozens of fun and easy vegan recipes that can be toted along almost anywhere.

Title: Vegan Lunch Box Around the World: 125 Easy, International Lunches Kids and Grown-Ups Will Love!
Price: $18.95 ($12.89 on Amazon)
Format: Paperback
Free-From: Eggs, Dairy, Meat, and Animal Products
Focus: Jennifer just couldn’t stop coming up with lunchbox ideas, so she released a second cookbook. This one focuses on introducing international cuisine in a kid-friendly and vegan manner.

Title: Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World: 75 Dairy-Free Recipes for Cupcakes that Rule
Price: $15.95 ($10.85 on Amazon)
Format: Paperback
Free-From: Eggs, Dairy, Meat, and Animal Products
Focus: Cupcakes, that’s it. Perfect for class parties and events where special diets may be a concern. Plenty of peanut and tree nut-free options, but this is not your book if you are seeking gluten-free too. For that, try the next one …

Title: What’s to Eat?: The Milk-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free Food Allergy Cookbook and What Else is to Eat?: The Dairy-, Egg-, and Nut-Free Food Allergy Cookbook
Price: $16.95 each ($11.53 on Amazon)
Format: Paperback
Free-From: Eggs, Dairy, Peanuts, and Tree Nuts
Focus: Created by a food allergy mom, these two books make up her bible of go-to recipes (from breakfasts through dinner) for raising two hungry boys. The focus is easy, pantry meals that work well for the on-the-go times, like back to school and work.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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