First of all, thank you so much for all the support and the sweet comments about my boys!!!! They had fun on the show, and I'm glad people enjoyed watching them.
Re: Gluten, yes I use a lot of barley and oat flour. I've found it's the best combo for baking. Barley does contain gluten. Oat is supposedly gluten-free or low gluten, but is usually processed in the same facilities with other gluten products, and thus must be labeled as containing gluten due to cross contamination. I have not excluded gluten from my cookbook, because it is not considered one of the top 8 food allergens, as identified by the FDA. However, since writing the book, I have realized there's a growing need for gluten-free recipes. I have every intention of coming up with a gluten-free flour mix that can be used in my baking recipes. Please check back for that in the near future.
Yes, these recipes are great for vegans! All baked goods are vegan.
To the person at Trader Joe's, the book is available on Amazon, at Borders, Barnes & Noble, many Whole Foods, and many small health food stores, and smaller booksellers. Please, pass along the word to your customers with food allergies! I love Trader Joe's and shop there all the time.
Eczema is almost always from some kind of allergy, but it doesn't have to be a food allergy (tho in my opinion, it usually is). Shellfish gives me eczema, along with a whole lot of other symptoms. I've heard dairy and eggs are big culprits. To the woman whose husband has eczema, i wish you luck! Do you intend to start cooking an allergen-free diet? If I were you, I'd try to cut out the top 8 food allergens for a few weeks, and see if his skin improves. Please keep me posted on how it's going with that. Eczema really is so unpleasant, and I hope he finds his culprit.
And hopefully, I will have some kind of cooking show in the future. It's in the works. And part of the reason I'm so behind in getting back to you all is that I taped a special for the Food Network last week. It's called "Edible Enemies" and is a one-hour special about food allergies. I'll keep people posted about when that will air, though it may not be until 2007.
Again, THANK YOU for watching, and supporting, and your interest!
Check back soon for new recipes and updates. I'm moving to California on tuesday. Perhaps I'll have new recipe inspiration out on the west coast. The produce there is incredible! And if there's one thing i love, it's fresh produce.