I was so very, very excited to get my copy of Kelly Rudnicki‘s newest cookbook, The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast Family Meals: Dairy, Egg, and Nut Free Recipes for Every Day. I may have even pushed to the front of the (metaphorical) review line to have the chance to review it because I love her Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book so much. So yes, I’m a bit biased where Kelly is concerned, but it is completely justified.
There are allergy cookbooks that claim to be easy and family-friendly, but a quick scan of the ingredient lists turns up expensive, hart-to-find ingredients, and the directions take more time than most parents have, especially for weeknight meals or for the treat you suddenly learn you need to provide for school tomorrow – made with whatever you have in the cupboard. Uh, not that such a thing has ever happened to you.
Kelly’s cookbooks contain easy recipes using ingredients readily found in even the smallest of towns, like mine. In her baking book, one of the photos is of the products she bakes with. My husband’s comment: “That looks like our fridge.” Exactly.
In The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast Family Meals, Kelly branches out from baked goods to her family’s favorite recipes – 125 in all. She and her husband, Mike, have five children, one of whom has food allergies. Food allergic children and their parents do not live in a vacuum. I cannot express how much I appreciate making recipes that I know have been successfully tested in a family with several children, both food allergic and not.
The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast Family Meals has a variety of recipe sections, including: Snacks, Breakfast, Lunch, Soups, Suppers and Sides, Treats, and a section of Menu Ideas. To celebrate her new cookbook, Kelly is featuring her “Go-To Busy Night Dinner,” Turkey Sloppy Joes, on her website.
As happy as I am to have a new supply of dinner recipes, I’m also excited to have more of The Food Allergy Mama’s treat recipes on my shelf. My kids are anxious to try her Oatmeal Creme Pies – think Little Debbie – and her Soy Butter Sandwich Cookies (Aka Faux Girl Scout Do-Si-Dos).
The Food Allergy Mama’s Easy, Fast Family Meals is a great addition to any food allergy mama’s (or daddy’s) cookbook collection. It is available on Amazon and from the Food Allergy Mama directly, where each copy is autographed.