The rise of specialized diets in our culture has garnered criticism from some who believe that these dietary restrictions cater purely to picky eaters or fad-abiding dieters. There is an abundance of scientific evidence, however, that debunks much of this criticism as false. In fact, one major food-related issue that millions of Americans must navigate daily is one that is severely underrepresented: food allergies.
According to the CDC, 17 million Americans suffer from some sort of food allergy, many of them severe, and many of them caused by one or more of the “top 8” allergens: dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish, and shellfish. New BenBella author Debbie Adler, owner of Sweet Debbie’s Organic Cupcakes in Los Angeles, has been dedicated to developing a practical, accessible guide for people living with food allergies or those who must prepare allergen-free food for their loved ones. Her understanding of the need for food allergy resources comes firsthand: in 2009, Debbie found out that her one-year-old son was born with severe and life-threatening allergies to dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, gluten, sesame seeds, and flax seeds after he experienced anaphylaxis from eating frozen yogurt and nearly died. Thereafter, Debbie fine-tuned her recipes to accommodate a variety of major dietary issues and came up with over 100 recipes that were gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free, free of the top 8 allergens, and easy to make. The result was a new cookbook, which BenBella will publish in Spring 2017, titled Savory & Safe, and represents the solution to an incredibly common problem, yet one that until now has not been comprehensively or practically addressed.
BenBella specializes in and is dedicated to literature that promotes healthy, balanced, and often plant-based eating habits, and is therefore delighted to be involved in a project possessing the same ideals. Savory & Safe will be a resource for anyone prioritizing health, safety, and convenience, and with its undeniable relevance, is sure to become a cornerstone of allergen-free literature for many years to come.