Item description for Corn-Free Cookbook and Survival Guide: For the Corn-Intolerant and Corn-Allergic by Laurel Lee Steele & Merelee Knott...
Overview The authors present more than 150 corn-free recipes with many variations for differences of taste. They also teach the survival skills people need when they must avoid corn, including how to read labels quickly, easily and accurately.
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Studio: Cumberland House Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 8" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2006
Publisher CUMBERLAND HOUSE #572
ISBN 1581824823 ISBN13 9781581824827
Reviews - What do customers think about Corn-Free Cookbook and Survival Guide: For the Corn-Intolerant and Corn-Allergic?
If you're corn allergic, you need to know a LOT more than this... Sep 1, 2008
This book covers the beginning of the basics, but corn ingredients are an ever-moving target. If you have corn allergy, you would probably be better served checking out the Avoiding Corn forum on Delphi Forums.
A brand that is safe this week may not be next week, and it will take more than good label reading to reveal a problem with corn ingredients. Corn derivatives often do not need to be declared on labels, and the packaging itself is becoming more suspect every year, as corn-based biodegradable plastics come into increasing use.
Your veggies may be soaked in corn ingredients, your meats may be soaked in them, it may all be packed in a corn-based plastic, and no one has to tell you anything about any of it.
I encourage anyone with corn intolerance/allergy to just talk to people in the same boat. The Avoiding Corn forum can point you to other reliable resources as well. We all know exactly what we're dealing with and it seems no one else except a few in the "alternative" medical community have a clue.
Great for the newly diagnosed Aug 1, 2007
This is a great book for someone just starting out on the journey toward becoming "corn-free". Since I bought the book for my 2 year old daughter, not all 0of the recipes were appropriate, but I have tried a few. The meal I made was yummy, but the pancakes I made turned out funny. I think I may just need to experiment more.
All in all I would recommend this book highly, and then say use the resources listed in the book to continue your journey toward a healthy, "corn-free" life.
Needed, wish it had more yet... Jul 11, 2007
My daughter and I have corn allergies. Fine and dandy. Hers got worse, and she had gotten into the habit of eating different stuff than her Mommy (she is 3) like graham crackers.
Anyhow, this week it got bad enough all that stuff had to go. We are taking her off all the common allergic foods, and corn of course in all forms. Not easy, no. But, I've done it for awhile. First thing is a trip to the whole foods section of the grocery store. Then an hour away to a specialized grocery store. And, lots of fresh ingredients. I found that many canned products don't contain it (tomatoes, green beans, etc), but some of thier frozen counterparts do. And, any spices, condiments, are suspect. Caramel coloring is corn based, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla and many others can contain corn starch, corn syrup, etc. But, there are brands out there that do not add it in (usually the price tag is higher).
Breads of all types are hard, but some don't add it. For me, the real challenge is being sure this is her only food she is allergic to. It is easier to do for yourself. Not so easy to keep a kid from asking people at playdates or playgroups, or school to trade snacks, etc. And, one thing I have learned from my own food allergies. Teach your kids what the food looks like. If they don't know, and go to a party with a mixed nuts bowl, they have no idea about peanuts, cashews, etc. And, one nut can do them in if that is thier allergy. Kids can't avoid a food they are allergic to if they don't know what it is in or what it looks like.
But, this book, and many others that deal with food allergies are a great way to get started. We are going to be doing a LOT of reading in this book this time around. And, I suspect we won't find ketchup premade (she loves the stuff), so the recipe in it for that will be super helpful.
The Corn Free Cookbook is a Lifesaver Aug 4, 2006
Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for Reader Views, 7/06
You just found out that you have a severe allergic reaction to corn. You think it's no big deal you will give up those golden kernels and everything will be all right. Wrong! Corn is a basic ingredient in many prepared foods. Corn is in the feed we give livestock. Suddenly you must read all labels watching for the offensive words, corn, corn syrup. Don't panic, there's help for you in "Many people have allergies and intolerance to Corn.".
"In this book you will find: * Safe foods from ordinary grocery stores * Quick, easy-to-fix meals * Comfortable, familiar American dishes * Seasoning variations for nay preference * Cooking with few kitchen gadgets and little clean-up time * Balanced, healthy meals * Corn-syrup-free dieting for weight loss"
This book contains recipes for breads, salads, casseroles, desserts, and soups .The directions are simple to follow. The results are delicious. "Stove Top Chicken and Dumplings" is very good. "Roast Leg of Lamb" is a dish you will not hesitate to place in front of guests. I haven't tried "Homemade Spaghetti" yet but it's definitely on my list to try soon.
The authors go beyond recipes and educate the reader. Some of the many things they stress reading labels, defensive shopping, and careful planning. When your life is at stake it motivates you to learn all you can.
Having raised a son with a severe allergy to peanuts, I can appreciate the need for a recipe book for those with corn allergies. "Avoiding certain foods can be a life or death priority". I know someone with an intolerance to corn. His wife struggles to find things that are corn-free. They will be receiving a copy of this book.
A Good Starting Point. Jun 4, 2006
This book is a good starting point for anyone with a corn allergy or intolerance. The recipes are very easy, ideal for someone who has never cooked. For those of us who have, some of the recipes may seem un-necessary: soft boiled eggs, Baked Potatoes, Roasted Meats. There are some good recipes though, including one for ketchup. It also has a nice list of corn derived ingredients and places corn may be hidden. My main grievance with the book is that while it explains that white vinegar is made from corn and should be avoided, several of the recipes call for mayonnaise, which contains vinegar! This is a large oversight by the authors. Also be sure to read the back of the book first. There are a few ingredients that it mentions may contain corn that are listed in recipes without a warning to buy corn-free versions (e.g. vanilla). Overall this book is nice to have for some recipe ideas but should not be used as the bible for corn-free cooking.