What better way to launch the New Year than with a giveaway and a review of Alisa Fleming’s new cookbook Eat Dairy Free. Dairy is not one of my allergens and even it isn’t one of yours this book is still an excellent allergy friendly resource. Alisa offers a whole slew of options for making most of her recipes allergy friendly. All the options she provides throughout the book become a comprehensive guide for getting a better feel for creating an allergy-friendly kitchen catered to you.
The first section of the book walks you through the ingredients used in the book and a little bit about them. This is my favourite part of Eat Dairy Free because Alisa emphasises that it isn’t about substitutes it is about eating good food. I totally support this way of looking at a restricted diet; it’s not about trying to recreate your favourite cheese. Instead, it is about finding something equally delicious, healthy, and on budget. Because you know that eating a allergy-friendly diet is not always cheap and you bet this book keeps that in mind.
Dairy Free Meal Plans
If you are going dairy free, the book is a fantastic guide. Not only will you feel more informed about your non-dairy options, but you will also feel eased into the process with the help of meal plans. One of the most overwhelming things about changing your diet is figuring what to cook or how to do it holistically. With a cookbook, it is easy to bookmark recipes, what is not easy is to actually get them on the plate. The way Alisa presents the meal plans and methods make you feel like yes you can make this food! Not only does cooking feel attainable, so does a dairy-free lifestyle (and that’s coming from a girl who eats dairy all the time!).
The recipes are clear, made with ingredients that you can quickly get at home, and have options to suit many diets, such as gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free. On top of that, many of the recipes include notes about how to jazz up your recipe or something about the ingredient. As I went through the book, I felt like I learned something new about each recipe.
All the Dairy-Free Pictures
Eat Dairy Free is full of pictures! I LOVE this because I rarely make a recipe that doesn’t have a picture. The picture on the cover and the first image you see when you open the book is Roasted Carrot Bisque, and it had me at hello!
Like I said earlier reading through a cookbook is one thing, actually giving a recipe a try is another. So to honestly be able to provide a thorough review I made the Roasted Carrot Bisque. I could not resist making it, especially with the grey weather in Berlin I needed some brightness in my house (recipe at the bottom).
I followed the recipe to the t. The timing, the proportions, the flavouring, and the cooking temperatures all worked perfectly! You can tell that Alisa put a lot of care into writing foolproof recipes. This roasted carrot bisque has an earthy richness from the roasted carrots and a smooth creaminess from the coconut milk. The only tiny change I made was the garnish using thyme instead of parsley and adding a drizzle of spicy olive oil. This bisque does not disappoint and pairs perfectly with some crusty bread!
Eat Dairy Free comes out on January 9, 2018! Pre-order your copy: Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets
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*The pictures of the roasted carrot soup in this post are taken by me