The Ultimate Allergy-Free Snack Cookbook: Over 100 Kid-Friendly Recipes for the Allergic Child

Judi and Shari Zucker. Square One (, $15.95 trade paper (160p) ISBN 978-0-7570-0346-2

Considering more than 12 million Americans suffer from some form of allergies, twin sisters Judi and Shari Zucker's guide to creating simple and nutritious snacks for those suffering a litany of allergies will likely be received with gratitude. Divided into roughly two books—one with information and tips on dealing with food allergies and intolerances, and the other with over a hundred recipes—the duo offer sensible advice and dishes that are easy to prepare. Incorporating what is essentially a vegan approach to cooking and baking, the Zuckers (The Double Energy Diet) provide families with myriad kid-friendly snack choices, from gluten-free pizza crust, granola and trail mix, to blueberry muffins and more than a dozen smoothies. Substitutions—such as sunflower seeds for pine nuts in pesto and allergy-friendly carob powder in lieu of cocoa in brownies and fudge—enable snackers to replicate the real thing (a full list of ingredient substitutions and recipe adjustments is included, as well as a comprehensive list of ingredients to avoid in processed foods) without sacrificing much in terms of flavor or texture. First-time bakers and cooks will appreciate the fact that esoteric and arcane ingredients are kept to a minimum, and those new to dealing with a family member's diagnosis will find the Zuckers' insight into dealing with allergies to be a welcome resource. (Jan.)