Comment for a chance to win three allergen-friendly cookbooks

Comment on this post during Food Allergy Awareness Week (May 13-19) and be entered for a chance to win all three cookbooks.

Back when my daughter was diagnosed with food allergies, the first thing that ran through my mind was, “What am I going to feed this child?” Her multiple allergies ruled out 85 percent of the food I would have bought for my son. Pre-packaged food becomes less of an option when you have to thoroughly inspect food labels for things like albumin and casein.

And even though I’ve grown more accustomed to this way of life and cooking, there are still challenges: How do I cook the same meal for everyone? When do I find time to look for new recipes? How do I bake for food allergies?

I know I’m not the only one with these questions. So to help make things a little easier on the food-allergy parents out there, we here at Smart are giving away three allergen-friendly cookbooks.

Here’s how it works:

Comment on this post during Food Allergy Awareness Week (May 13-19) with your tried-and-true tricks for dealing with food allergies. How do you feed everyone in your family? How do you deal with school lunches/family trips/birthday parties, etc? How do you find the time to cook/bake?

Your comment from May 13-19 will get you entered to win the following cookbooks:

  • The Complete Allergy-Free Comfort Foods Cookbook by Elizabeth Gordon (all recipes free of gluten, dairy, soy, nuts and eggs)
  • The Cooking Light Gluten-Free Cookbook
  • The Gluten-Free Edge by Gini Warner and Chef Ross Harris

Questions? Email me at

Lyzz Jones

I'm the editor of Wife. Mom. Towson and Millersville grad. Member of Raider Nation.

7 Responses

  1. Hi Lyzz,
    Thanks for the above, No email specified

  2. Kelley Gibson says:

    With three members of our family diagnosed with celiac disease (two adults, one 7 year old) and good friends who have children with nut and milk allergies, family gatherings and birthday parties have been a challenge. The hardest part were the things that you never would think would have allergic ingredients in them-dressings, marinades, soy sauce & spices being good examples. Only after we used them did we find out gluten or powdered milk were in them, ruining the whole meal for our allergic guests.

    But the good news is that once you start thinking about it and making things with your own ingredients, you find that you can make a meal for the whole family that is actually more healthy for everyone. You end up cutting down on prepared and processed foods, helping to control sodium and sugar. Instead of making separate foods, we try to use ingredients that make the same foods work for everyone. Chex cereal has gluten free options and makes great chex mix snacks that everyone likes. Instead of cake for birthdays, we make cupcakes and decorate them the same so the allergy free cupcakes don’t stand out as different. With some forethought, all our family ends up eating healthier and eating together more often.

  3. Sarah Yerger says:

    The thing that works best for us is just good old fashioned clean eating. Whole foods, and very limited processed foods. We eat out very infrequently and read labels on everything we buy. For parties and family get togethers, we tend to stick to foods we know we can eat, or we offer to bring our own food. Pinterest has been a great resource for finding recipes!

  4. Kara Eberle says:

    Thanks for the replies, ladies. Tell your friends about the contest, too!

  5. Lyzz Jones says:

    Thanks for the comment Kelley!

  6. Lyzz Jones says:

    Thanks Sarah!

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