Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Book Review & Giveaway: Cybele Pascal's Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking

Several months ago I received a brand-new beautiful  review copy of Cybele Pascal's latest cookbook, "Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking." And my friends... if you deal with multiple food sensitivities or allergies, this book is DEFINITELY for you. Cybele made EVERY recipe in this book free of: gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, and sesame.

The book contains 75 recipes for quick and easy 30 minute meals at home. TO be honest, I receive so many cookbooks, I wasn't really sure what to expect with this book. But as soon as I started thumbing through it, I immediately smiled. These are easy, everyday, "down home" comfort foods... and that is the kind of cooking I like to do.

I'm about as far from a gourmet as you can get (although I do prefer freshly grated pepper and nutmeg, smoked paprika, and grass-fed beef... I mean you have to have some priorities right? :-) Cybele does an amazing thing here... as a sophisticated wife, mom, entrepreneur, chef, and home cook she takes the gluten-filled foods you loved and remember and turns them into allergen-free masterpieces with basic, healthy ingredients you probably have in your pantry right now.

There are a few specialty ingredients you will need for some dishes (such as Daiya dairy-free, soy-free "cheese" -- which I LOVE) but most of these items can easily be found online, if not at your local higher-end grocery store like Whole Foods.

Here are a handful of recipes that particularly caught my eye:
  • Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Squares
  • Creamy Mac & Cheese
  • Shepard's Pie
  • Chicken and Sausage Paella
  • Chicken a' la King
  • Salisbury Steaks with Mashed Potatoes
I had every intention of trying the Salisbury steak tonight because I have to admit, on the occasional time we had frozen dinners growing up, I LOVED Salisbury Steak... and I was SO excited when I saw Cybele's rendition of this classic ground beef steak and gravy. 

Unfortunately work has been a little crazy and we ended up having gluten-free sandwiches because this chica was too tired to chop an onion (although Cybele shares her onion-chopping secret throughout the book and I have to say, I may just have to invest in it! It sounds like it would make weeknight veggie chopping a BREEZE!) 

However I have a very special treat for you my dear readers... Yep! You now have a chance to win a copy of this wonderful book. Many cookbooks will come and go, but I truly think Cybele's "Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking" will be on your kitchen shelf for years to come! 

Congrats to comment #17 Lisa D! 
I hope you really enjoy the book!
The Giveaway:
  • I am giving away one brand new copy of Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking by Cybele Pascal.
  • This giveaway is limited to residents of the 48 contiguous United States aged 18 and older.
  • One entry per person.
  • Enter by leaving a comment below on this post AND please include a way for me to contact you -- your email address preferably.
  • The giveaway begins January 8, 2013 and ends on January 15, 2013  at 11:00 pm eastern time.
  • No purchase is necessary.  Odds of winning are based on the number of entries.  
  • The winners will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email.  The winners will have 24 hours to respond.  If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.

GLG Disclosure: 
Ten Speed Press provided me with a free copy of "Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking" for the purpose of sharing an online review, if I chose to do so -- ALONG with 1 brand new copy to giveaway. This is not a sponsored post and I did not receive compensation. The opinions in this post are completely my own. 

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