Planet Lactose: The Best of the Planet Lactose Blog, volume 1 by Steve Carper
Sometimes it’s hard to believe how new special diets really are to the virtual world. As someone who started posting dairy-free information in 2005, it seems as though this world has been going on forever … but in reality, I was only the second person to bombard the internet with daily bites of milk-free living. The first was Steve Carper of Planet Lactose. Steve founded the Lactose Intolerance Clearinghouse – a database filled with useful information for dairy-free consumers, whether lactose intolerant, milk allergic, or vegan; he was the first to come out with a lactose intolerance book, Milk is Not for Every Body; and more recently, he started the Planet Lactose Blog – a web log of daily musings and news stories on the dairy and non-dairy industries.
Though he didn’t know it at the time, Steve was truly my virtual mentor in both managing a special diet website and blogging. He is a truth seeker … a cynical, sarcastic, and witty one, but a truth seeker nonetheless. For years he has been working to decipher “media code words” and call out reporting inaccuracies to give readers the real facts about both the milk and milk-free worlds.
So what is my point? Steve finally compiled his daily posts into an organized, fun to read book, called Planet Lactose: The Best of the Planet Lactose Blog, volume 1. For anyone who has an interest in lactose-free and / or dairy-free living and likes news bites magazine-style (Alisa’s hand quickly shoots up into the air) this book is a must read. I found it perfect for travel and for reading in bed … times when I want to read something interesting, but don’t want to dive into a novel or intense read.
The posts are organized into the following chapters: Lactose Intolerance, For the Vegans, Probiotics, Dairy and Other Allergies, Babies: Formula and Feeding Issues, Food and Nutrition, Dairy and Nondairy Milks, A Hungry Person’s Collection of Cookbooks, Genetics, Product Reports, Animal Planet, and Miscellany and the Just Plain Weird. From there, the topics are actually quite varied … special interest stories, new products of interest, health claims – proven and unproven, analysis of current research, dietary recommendations, and the list goes on …
I truly had fun reading through his years of work, and think it was a fabulous idea to organize his blog filled with information in such an easy-to-read offline fashion. I think my only beef with Steve’s books is that they aren’t more widely distributed. Nonetheless, you can easily pick up a copy of Planet Lactose – Volume 1 via Steve’s Website or after you check out the Planet Lactose Blog.