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COOKBOOK | HEALTH | LIFESTYLE
Based on her experiences with anaphylaxis and living in a family with multiple food allergies, author Amanda Orlando grew up with few resources about coping with anaphylaxis both in her own kitchen and in other’s. Through years of self-education, Amanda collected recipes, found substitutions, and food brands to suit her requirements. Having previously published another cookbook for allergen-free desserts, and a popular online platform through her blog and writing projects, Amanda is eager to further share her knowledge and experiences. It’s resources like these that she wished she had while growing up.
The recipes in Everyone’s Welcome dispel the myth that allergen-free foods are also flavour-free and fun-free. The allergens that each recipe is free from are clearly listed. Ranging from breakfast to dinner, and quick snacks, there is something for everyone. The simplicity of the recipes will suit readers who are on the go, such as students, busy parents, professionals, and those with little time to cook. Recipes will be accompanied by Amanda’s stunning photography.
Recent statistics show that in the United States, 8% of children have food allergies, and among that number, almost 40% have a history of severe allergic reactions to food and 30% have multiple food allergies. In Canada, food allergies are present in 10% of children in urban areas, and 6% who are in rural areas. Food allergies are on the rise, and this book will be increasingly useful not just to immediate sufferers, but to their family, their friends, coworkers, teachers, and camp counsellors; it’s a book for all ages.
Amanda Orlando is the author and photographer of Allergen-Free Desserts, and is the founder of EverydayAllergenFree.com, a site for teens and young adults living with food allergies. In her spare time she loves to cook and bake, and can be found in the kitchen for hours on end. Her photography is inspired by bright, fresh ingredients and her family’s Italian recipes. Her focus is inclusivity for people with allergies or other dietary restrictions; in her kitchen, everyone’s welcome. Amanda currently lives in Toronto.