The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook

200 Gourmet and Homestyle Recipes for the Food Allergic Family

allergy cookbook

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Hi Readers:

Thanks for the new requests! I will try to come up with some great new recipes for you all. Lauren, I can't promise on the Irish Soda Bread, but I will try!!! Have you tried putting vinegar or lemon juice in rice milk to sour it? That would work like buttermilk.

Re: FOOD NETWORK, I encourage you to email them with your request. Tell them how much you'd love a show hosted by me. I went in and pitched a show to them last fall (backed by a great production company called "True Entertainment") and was told that Food Network's viewers don't care about health issues, and therefore they weren't interested in anything having to do with food allergies or health in general. What they care about is BUTTER, CREAM, SOUR CREAM, MAYO, CHEESY PASTA, and all the other indulgences they can turn into food porn. Additionally, I taped a special for them a year ago, produced by Al Roker Productions, called "Edible Enemies". It was an hour long special about food allergies. But Food Network has NEVER AIRED IT!!! So please, request programming about food allergies. I'm raring to go with a TV Show. I would love to do that.

I've been a little behind on answering comments, so briefly -- I'm working on that nut-free carrot cake recipe. It will be in the new book. Anyone who wants to email me should feel free, my email address should be next to my profile, but just in case it's not working, my email is

I'm sorry, I don't have any recipes for irritable bowel syndrome, but I'd suggest cutting down on gluten.

For anyone not on the mailing list, the following is a great resource from their e-letter.

By Kim Koeller and Robert La France

Allergen-free foods are starting to reach the mainstream and the food industry is beginning to hear our needs! We hope that you are as excited about being able to open pre-packaged individual-serving size allergen-free snacks while on-the-go as we are. Finally, no more putting allergen-free foods in zip lock bags to carry with you!

Some delicious travel-size allergen-free snacks that are manufactured in peanut and tree nut-free facilities include:

  • Cookies & bars from Enjoy Life Foods ( - free of corn, dairy, egg, fish, gluten, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, & wheat
  • Cookies from Gak's Snacks ( - free of dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and wheat
  • Cookies from Moonpie ( - free of eggs, milk, peanuts and tree nuts
  • Cookies and popcorn from Divvies ( - free of dairy, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts
  • Snack bars from No Nuttin ( - free of dairy, egg, gluten, peanuts and tree nuts
  • Snacks including those baked, fried and air- popped from Robert's American Gourmet ( - free of gluten, peanuts and tree nuts
  • Soy nut butter snack from I.M. Healthy ( - free of dairy, egg, peanuts, sesame and tree nuts
A sampling of allergen-free candy and chocolates that are manufactured in peanut and tree nut-free facilities include:

Some allergen-free snacks are manufactured in shared facilities, which is an indication that your allergen may be present in the factory and processed on the same production lines. Many companies will sanitize machines in between products, so you will want to check with the company if the allergy is more severe.

A sampling of these snacks include:

A short-list of delicious individually packaged allergen- free cookies that are also manufactured in shared facilities include:

We hope that you take the opportunity to enjoy these goodies, depending upon your specific allergen concerns, while at home, on-the-road or anywhere your life may take you!

Remember that as of January 1 2006, the US Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) went into effect. The presence of eight allergens including: dairy, eggs, fish, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts and wheat are now declared on ingredient lists. However, those following a gluten-free diet have not had their concerns sufficiently addressed since wheat, and not gluten, is included in the current allergen labeling. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently developing a definition for the term "gluten-free," as there is currently no approved legislature for U.S. food manufacturers or consumers.

In addition, companies are not required to label for potential cross contamination or "traces" of an allergen. If you are unsure about the ingredients of any product, it is always best to contact the manufacturer.

Therefore, always be sure to read product labels diligently wherever you might be, around the corner from your home or around the world, to ensure safe allergen-free eating anywhere!




  • At 7:53 AM, Blogger Robin said…

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  • At 8:08 AM, Blogger Robin said…

    sorry about deleteing my previous post, but i was trying to post a link to the food network that us readers could go to , to request to see both the special you taped and the show you pitched, it would we wonderful to see you on TV on a regular basis, the food network needs to get with it. this is the closest I could get to a contact for them: go to,
    then scroll down to the bottom to the "about us" click on that, then on the left, click on "FOQ" then scroll down to the number five question, there is a website comment form, click on that, and let them know you'd like to see a healthy cooking show hosted by Cybele Pascal!! come on people, do it. :)

  • At 11:56 AM, Blogger Lauren said…

    i will try the lemon juice/rice milk trick :)
    thank you!

  • At 8:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Are you a member of That is where I first heard of your cookbook. Could I share the paragraph in your blog about the Food Network in the discussion forums there? I'm sure lots of them would be interested in contacting FN to ask about a show on allergies.

  • At 10:45 AM, Blogger Cybele Pascal said…

    Robin, thanks for the motivation.

    Deborah, yes, I'm a member. Please feel free to share this info. Please include the link for food network from my most recent post. this takes people to where they can email food network about special programming. Again, that link is:,1904,FOOD_9777_8657,00.html

    Maybe we can get some forward motion over there. They've got their one token show with Elie Krieger "healthy recipes", but her recipes aren't actually that healthy.



  • At 10:45 AM, Blogger Cybele Pascal said…

    Whoops, the link was too long for comments. Well, just copy it from the blog.


  • At 10:46 AM, Blogger Cybele Pascal said…

    Or send people to my blog and they can link through it.


  • At 12:30 PM, Anonymous Ellen said…

    I can't beleive the food network not being interested in health issues. I will definately work on this and support your efforts.

  • At 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

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