The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook

200 Gourmet and Homestyle Recipes for the Food Allergic Family

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Watch me make Rolled Maple Sugar Cookies on Martha Stewart tomorrow, April 20th! Check for local times...




  • At 8:48 AM, Blogger Rachel_naomi said…

    I saw you on the "Martha Stewart Show" this morning. You were excellent and extremely informative. It's really amazing that you took it upon yourself to create a book allowing people with food allergies to eat normally. Your children were also adorable on the show.

  • At 9:31 AM, Blogger Cybele Pascal said…

    thanks rachel! great to hear back from viewers.



  • At 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just found out my young daughter has many food allergies, and your book has saved my life. The recipies are delicious! Thank you so much for writing this book!

  • At 10:09 AM, Anonymous Elizabeth said…

    Fantastic! Loved seeing you on the show. Your boys are beautiful, and the show was very interesting. You are obviously very knowledgeable and it shows. The cookies looked great.

  • At 12:11 PM, Blogger Sarah said…

    Cybele I caught the tale end of the Martha Stewart show. I went to her website to see what allergy free type food you had. My son has Celiac's Disease and the recipes listed on the Martha website all contained barley and oat flour. Do you have any gluten free recipes? My son is just turned 2 years of age and we are desperately seeking some variety in our foods. Our entire family is now gluten free. I am so happy to see this blog and get to know you. Thanks!

  • At 1:46 PM, Anonymous Katy said…

    Loved you on "Martha" today. Thank you for the great recipe. I'll definetly try them soon.

    PS. Your kids are absolutely adorable!

  • At 1:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You really have a knack for baking!!! You should open a Bakery!!!

  • At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I saw you on Martha today, and the cookies you made looked delicious. I'll definitely be trying them soon. Thanks!

  • At 3:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I missed to episode today. =[ I want to watch it right now but I don't hae TLC. I've heard amazing reviews from tons of people who saw it. Hopefully somebody will put it on Youtube soon. Congrats on making to tv!

  • At 4:28 PM, Anonymous Marcy said…

    Oh no, I missed it. Is this going to be on again?

  • At 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You did a great job on the Martha Stewart show today, very natural and relaxed. It was fun to see your family too.

  • At 7:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Okay, I am probably the ONLY Renthead who watches Martha regularly and loves to bake... so imagine my surprise when I see Adam Pascal in the audience!

    Anyway, your cookies look so delicious! I've never tried baking with allergy-free ingredients, so wish me luck trying this recipe!!!

    Thanks for the recipe! It's nice to know that food allergies don't have to prevent you from eating lots of cookies. :)

  • At 8:33 PM, Anonymous Mimi said…

    I watched the show today, and I think it's wonderful that your family was there to support you. You truly have a beautiful family.

    I'm working on looking for your cookbook so I can buy it. As many others have probably said already, thank you so much for taking interest in other food allergic people, and for the information. You seemed to have a ready reply for Martha's endless questions.


  • At 9:19 PM, Anonymous Amy said…

    Great job on the Martha show the boys are adorable. I watched it with my mom we own a bakery/cake shop and were always looking for more recipes so thank you. We've been looking into making more specialty items lord knows someone needs to.

  • At 9:28 PM, Anonymous Jordan said…

    I saw you on Martha Stewart earlier. You were wonderful! I will have to go out and get a copy of your book, it seems like it would be helpful for vegans as well as people with food allergies.
    Your kids were just adorable, by the way!

  • At 10:02 PM, Anonymous Emma said…


    I caught you on the show and I must say that you did a great job. The cookies look fantastic.

    Your family is just adorable! I'm a fan of both you and your husband.

    Happy Spring!

  • At 3:47 AM, Anonymous Carolin G. said…

    Aloha Cybele,

    Megakudos to your appearance on the Martha Stewart Show. Your little boys look more morsely-sweet than the alphacookies. (No, I am not a creepy weirdo; I just write expressively.)

    This is the first message I've left at your site, though I purchased your cookbook over a month ago (I think I have now made about 15 of the recipes, and am touting it to my friends and relatives as I'm pretty sure we are more of an allergy/intolerance clan than the older ones would like to admit. I've already got a couple of them to buy a copy, and believe me... it's for selfish reasons as much as out of gratitude to you -- The more people's awareness of both food allergies and succulent alternatives is increased, the more services and alternatives will be made available to those of us that deal with it daily.)

    My own food intolerance and food allergy "hell" began about a decade ago. (Soy, wheat, rye, corn, cane sugar, brewer's yeast, cow-related, chicken eggs, lettuce.) Like you, I grew up loving the kitchen and making food taste great. But I did not have the patience to test out combinations of flours etc. for baking. I absolutely love what you have done, and hope you don't mind, busy as you well are, if I drop you a line sometimes.

    I am gearing up to share your cookbook with one of our more popular health food stores where I shop regularly... and I think it would be awesome if you were ever able to make it out to the land of rainbows and paradise. ... I have met a few people in said health shop bumbling about with glazed eyes because they have just learned they have to drastically alter their diets and are bewildered by prices and all these alternative raw foods.

    I think it would be awesome to raise awareness here in the islands, though I am still researching just how "in touch" the standard medical field is locally. (If there aren't any/many great allergy specialists here, there won't be a lot of diagnoses along that direction... a fact of which I know you are well aware, with your past experience.) I will hopefully keep you posted.

    Inspired by your example, I am currently going over Hawaiian recipes and have on my agenda before May hits, to pin down a nice alternative recipe for a very delish local coconut pudding recipe (that can be used to frost a cake though it is nothing like frosting and not like regular pudding either). Your clan seems to enjoy coconut, so I think they will enjoy this simple, smooth, rich coconut dessert. I'll email it as soon as I have the new version tried and true!

    Again, thank you for all that you do. Wishing you precious family time in a raging rushing world,

    Carolin G.

  • At 9:27 AM, Anonymous Kim said…

    Great job on "Martha"-- Moms Rock! ...and your boys are just too precious for words. ;~)

    I've had your cookbook for a while now, and it's incredibly helpful. Although my little boy seems to have outgrown the allergies he had as a baby (soy, etc.), there are still little ones to be thought about when taking in class treats. It's so nice to have options!

    I'm now trying to get my husband into the "food groove" to deal with his eczema. Wish me luck!

    All the best & many thanks!

  • At 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I have a question for Kim. You said you were trying to get your husband into the food groove to control his eczema...what foods are you trying to prevent him from eating? cause i have eczema and didn't know it could be controlled by certain foods.

  • At 3:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I finally got to see you on Martha's show. You were fantastic! I kind of feel bad, since when you were talking, she would sort of be interupting. You have the cutest kids in the world! The cookies looked delicious. :D

  • At 5:04 PM, Anonymous grasslandgirl Washington said…

    I am so happy that you are hitting the big name air waves! I don't watch much tv as I am in the kitchen cooking up a storm for my allergic family and playing with the kids, but a friend saw you and passed on the information to me. I am so very thankful that you have created a cookbook to share with a family like mine. Please keep up your miraculous pace and getting the allergy cooking word out. It helps so many of us.

  • At 5:18 PM, Anonymous grasslandgirl Washington said…

    Dear anonymous wanting to control eczema, I'm not Kim that you asked to answer your question, but I hope you view my answer as helpful. My family also has been riddled with eczema in our past. What I discovered is that my son's is caused by a soy and dairy. My husband's is caused by dairy. Mine was caused by cane sugar then later also by dairy or gluten (I'm not sure which because I stopped eating both at the same time upon finding out my allergen.) I want to make note that all of these are related to consumption and did not show on a skin prick test(the sugar did show up this way also.)

    If you want to find out on your own and not see a medical physician there is a long but successful way to find out what may be causing your eczema. It is called the anti-inflammatory or elimination diet. We actually used it to help discover some of my oldest child's allergies and inadvertently my husband's allergies because we all went on the diet at the same time for ease of cooking. The doctor later confirmed both my child's and husband's allergies (we waited until my oldest was five because this had been recommended.)

    If you would like to find out about this, let me know.

  • At 6:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    I caught the middle of your segment on Martha and I just wanted to know if there was any other place that I could get your book? I work at Trader Joe's (do not know if your familar with that store or not) it is very much like Whole Foods but a bit cheaper and smaller and we are constantly having customers come in and ask for recipies for things because of allergies..and I would love to recommend your book to them and a place for them to buy it. I would be happy to recommend it because I love your idea's and I am also a huge fan of your husband and I think what your doing is wonderful.

    Please let me know where else I can purchase your book. Thanks

    Jenn in St. Louis, Missouri

  • At 7:35 AM, Anonymous Kim said…

    For Anonymous re: the eczema question. Basically, like all food allergies, you start with an avoidance diet for a few weeks to see what improves or exacerbates the problem. I think I've read that wheat/ yeast can be a big contributor, so that's a place to start. Dairy is another one.

    Essentially, we're going to have to go through the known factors (the 8 main allergens that Cybele lists in her book), remove them from his diet then reintroduce them, then track the results. you can tell pretty quickly what works & what doesn't.

    Hope that helps... of course, my challenge is getting my husband to remove anything from his diet-- foodie that he is! ;~)

  • At 11:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    thanks to grasslandgirl and kim for responding back. i'm definetly going to have to try removing things out of my diet, see if that works. thanks so much!

  • At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You were really great on Martha the other day. Very relaxed and at home in front of the camera. Even more relaxed than Martha! Have you ever thought of hosting a cooking show on the food network? Is there a show about cooking for allergic people? Great job!

  • At 2:07 PM, Anonymous Marcy said…

    Regarding the exzema (Sorry Cybele that I am posting the questions here) but when a food item is eliminated from the diet will the results (if there wer to be any) show up quickly or is over a certain period of time?

    My son (age 11 and a huge fan of your husband) has exzema on his face, neck and arms. He has always had it and never once has the pediatrician ever mentioned that it could be a food allergy. We have tried every type of cream and potion, but I have never thought of this being a food allergy. Is there a particular order of the foods to begin eliminating? Or does it not matter?

    I am so glad that somone put this up here and mentioned it.

  • At 8:00 AM, Blogger disneys_belle said…

    Marcy, I'm not Cybele, but I have some experience with this. My 4 year old (who, like your son, is a huge fan) has had severe eczema since birth. We find that limiting dairy helps a lot and we see a difference within a few days. Jared isn't allergic enough that he needs to completely avoid dairy anymore, but too much definitely makes his eczema flare up. Also, we use Udderly Smooth Udder Cream on his skin. It is the only thing (besides steroids) that gives him any relief.

    Good luck!

  • At 9:29 PM, Blogger Jawj said…

    Have just watched your maple cookie segment, on Martha (New Zealand 4 May 2006) My wife has a growing alergy family. Eggs, sugars,peanuts, you name it. Your book sounds like a must have, for our household. Is it available in New Zealand? If so, where, please.

    Jawj (George Wealleans) Cristchurch, NZ

  • At 12:19 PM, Blogger Cybele Pascal said…

    Dear Jawj:

    I know we have distribution in NZ, and my publisher is looking into where you can purchase the book. I'll get back to you asap. Thanks for writing! I've been to NZ. You are lucky to live there. It's so lovely.

    all the best,


  • At 3:40 PM, Blogger Cybele Pascal said…

    Dear Jawj:

    My book will be available in NZ in June. You can order request it
    through any store that buys through Peaceful Living. You can also contact
    the distributer directly through

    all the best,



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