The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook

200 Gourmet and Homestyle Recipes for the Food Allergic Family

allergy cookbook

Thursday, October 11, 2007


Hi Readers:

Maybe your email blast to the Food Network helped do the trick! Because they're finally airing that show I taped over a year and a half ago!! I don't know how much I'm in it, I've never seen the edit. But I believe it should be interesting and informative. I know they interviewed the people at Cherrybrook, and I believe also Divvies. Anyway, thanks to all of you who emailed them asking them to air the show.

Here's the link from Food Network:,1976,FOOD_9994_53368,00.html

October 13, 2007 4:00 PM ET/PT

October 19, 2007 10:00 AM ET/PT

Edible Enemies
Edible Enemies is a one-hour special report that looks at the mysterious increase in both the number and the severity of food allergies in the United States. 12 million Americans now have food allergies. There is no cure. There is no treatment, other than a shot of epinephrine in an emergency. We will hear from the parents of small children, and from teenagers and adults living with life-threatening food allergies.



ps, ignore this weird link at the bottom here, I don't know why it's there or how to get rid of it :)



  • At 10:05 PM, Blogger Robin said…

    yay! Amber and I are so happy to hear this news! congrats! this is a step in the right direction....

  • At 10:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Cybele, do you respond to comments on old posts? I recently responded to your previous post and didn't know if I should recopy it here. Congratulations on the segment!!!

  • At 5:24 AM, Blogger Jennifer said…

    yeah i am wondering if you answer or comment to old posts too?

  • At 8:41 AM, Blogger Dina said…

    I posted a comment on the previous blog about the sponge cake. Do you want me to copy into here?


  • At 1:57 PM, Blogger Lauren said…

    yay on the food network show! i'll be watching it tomarrow :)

    did you watch the today show yeaturday? about the boy with EGID? i wrote a blog entry in responce to it that i'm interested in your feedback about.

  • At 1:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Just saw you on this. Have you ever done modeling? You are strikingly beautiful!!

  • At 2:01 PM, Blogger Lauren said…

    i saw you and your awesome family :D
    coo show.

  • At 5:25 PM, Blogger we light candles! said…

    I saw the show today, it was pretty awesome. I myself dont have any food allergies but i do now have great appreciation(as in more respect) for people who do. But anyways kudos to your book, thats awesome you did that :)

    well thats all. Hope everything is good and i'll comment later, i guess.

    <3 -marla
    PS: congrats and being on TV, that must feel pretty cool to do that :)

  • At 5:59 PM, Blogger Rach the Bach said…

    Just watched the show...very good! I recorded it on DVR to show friends/family/etc. Thanks for your part in it! And thanks for writing your cookbook. What a lifesaver. (Love the Minestrone!)

    You know, it was because of your cookbook that I learned about whole foods cooking at all. I was stuck in the land of processed food until my son, now 3, was diagnosed with multiple food allergies a year ago. I wouldn't go back to all processed food even if his allergies were gone tomorrow. (Maybe I'd buy Mac & Cheese again...) Thanks again.

  • At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I saw edible enemys. It was great. I also suffer from food allergies. It started from shellfish, now it has eveloved into this snowball. It is very sad that so many people are affected but I am glad to see it's not just me. I also spend much time in the e.r. One day there will be a better alternative. Or the consumer products will be consience of those who have such a hard time finding food that won't kill us.. Thanks for the cookbook. Best news I have heard in a long time..Sheila Campbell

  • At 7:39 PM, Anonymous AishaLovesAidaonboradway said…

    Hi Mrs.Cybele,
    I wanted to say that your book is more then wonderful and has great rescipes.My question for you is there any way to make cocolate chip cookies without eggs because I think that's what I'am allergic to.Thanks for reading and best wishes to you and your family.Oh and btw Lennon and Monty is so adorable for words.Take care
    AishaS from nj

  • At 9:04 PM, Anonymous Tara said…

    I need allergy approach advice. My relative has a son who is about 7 now. They also have a daughter who is 5. The son has been since the get go classic hyperactive symptomatic. To the point were they couldn't take him to many places because he would freak out. Their daughter, on the other hand, is extremely mild mannered and easy going. Luckily, an Aunt who works with children on a medical level, has approached them several times with the idea that he be tested for ADD or ADHD or hyperactivity. But they will not have him tested. He does well in school scholastically, so they don't see the reason for it, but he overacts as if he's "uncomfortable in his own skin". Unfortunately, both parents work long hours and the son and the sister are raised by help and a day care for the most part of their early lives. I feel like the parents aren't holding themselves accountable for the issue and feel that they should deal with it. They are with both kids on the weekends, but it's only then they see the problem concentrated and then the week starts and the cycle continues on both the child and parents sides. Now here's the kicker... the kids' diet is sugar galore and fast food to the max. They did take away the sugar for 2 months to see if it was a sugar problem 2 years ago, but nothing changed. However, it could be something else dietary setting him off. Do you have any words of wisdom on getting parents of children who could be suffering from food allergies or allergies that trigger or help some behavior disorders within children? This has been going on for so long and the poor kid seems so depressed and off the wall but not getting the support to figure out what's going on. Your feedback is appreciated. Tara

  • At 7:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I wonder if this severely allergic boy's family on The Today Show has your cookbook:

  • At 10:52 AM, Anonymous Ellen said…

    This is great news. I have been giving out your blog site to many of our customers who have had good luck in using our rice bran oil as a hypoallegenic oil. Our customer just told us of another site for forum discussions for parents with children who are allergic to many foods-pofak--
    How can we see this show and share it with others?
    Thank you for your good work!!

  • At 11:05 AM, Blogger Dina said…

    I tried the Amy's Kids meals - Mac & Cheese. It was really good I am sure your kids will enjoy it when you are crunched for time. I also go the Baked Ziti but have yet to try it.

  • At 9:56 AM, Blogger Cybele Pascal said…

    Hi Robin:

    Thanks for the encouragement! You got the thank you email I sent Amber, right?


    I do respond to comments on old posts. But not really old posts. Sometimes those get lost. I only check back one or two posts. So if in doubt, it's good to repost here.


    Do you mean the show about the English boy who's allergic to almost everything? I didn't see it. Is there a link?


    Thanks for the compliment. I used to model many years ago. Mostly live modeling (runway, showrooms) because the truth is, I hate to be photographed. I have an almost pathological fear of having my picture taken, probably stemming from childhood when my father, an amateur photographer documented every moment of my life by sticking a camera in my face. Anyway, suffice it to say, me and modeling weren't a great fit.

    Thanks Marla! Glad you saw the show.

    Rach the Bach:

    Your comment made my day. It's so amazing when something positive can come out of a difficult situation. Of course, I hope your son outgrows all of his allergies. But even if he doesn't, he's a lucky boy to have you cooking him healthy foods from scratch.

    Dear Sheila:

    Thanks for your comment. When you say your allergies started with shellfish and then snowballed, would you be willing to share more? What other foods did you become allergic to? Are you anaphylactic? Has your allergist advised you against a rotation diet? I too seem to be getting more allergies, instead of less as I get older.

    I wish you all the best.

    AishaS from NJ:

    The next issue of Living Without magazine will feature my Mexican Chocolate Chunk cookies. These are vegan (dairy-free and egg-free), allergen-free cookies. It should be on the stands soon. Hope you enjoy!


    Your question really breaks my heart. Unfortunately, the old adage "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink", really applies here. You can try to encourage your relatives to pursue testing, and dietary restrictions, but unless they want to make a change, nothing will. But I wouldn't give up on providing them with pertinent info. Either they'll take it or they won't, but at least you'll know you've tried. The good news is that they did try removing sugar, so they do see that he has some kind of behavioral problem. Did they also remove "simple sugars"? Refined carbs, like white bread, white flour, white pasta, etc, are sugar too, and kids with AD/HD and hyperactivity are advised not to eat these foods. Maybe you could encourage them to give up sugar again for a trial, this time eating only whole grain foods, complex carbs, and also cutting out food additives and preservatives? I wish you luck with this. It is incredibly painful to watch someone you care about not get the help they need.

    Hi Ellen:

    Thanks for sharing my site info. Hmmm... I don't know the answer to your question. Does anyone want to upload the show to YouTube? I don't know how to do that. But Edible Enemies is airing again this friday.

  • At 11:37 AM, Anonymous Carmen said…

    Do you know if this show will appear on the Internet anywhere? I'd love to see it, but I sort of live under a rock as far as television goes. I don't have cable TV, satellite, antenna, anything. Any advice on how to see it?

  • At 2:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Any idea when your new column is going to be posted? I tried some of your Valentine's Day recipes this year and they were delicious. The only one I'm afraid to try is the "Keep the Flame Alive with Red-Hot Vegan Chocolate Mousse". Something tells me that the pepper and chocolate might be a bad combination. Although I just saw a commercial with a woman eating a chocolate covered pepper, so maybe it's the next big thing and I'm missing out!

  • At 8:05 AM, Anonymous JaciLaponte said…

    I just saw this show and came looking for you.. It was great they hit on a lot of food allergies!!!

  • At 8:30 AM, Blogger Kyt said…

    I've always wondered how one can make a delicious broth soup. Its easier to list what I can have. Pasta, basil, majoram, cayenne, parsley, cilantro, cumin, corriander, red (yellow and orange only) bellpeppers, peas, greenbeans, garbonzo beans, black beans, soy, black pepper, curry leaves, salt, potatoes, barley, strawberries, black olives, squash. I already make a Punjabi Squash soup. I wish they would make a vegan chicken flavoring that's garlic, celery and onion free. I've not made a good tasting broth soup because I'm allergic to everything that makes a good soup. I should try getting good barley and see if that helps. I can eat tomatoes, but do have an acid reflux issue, so do not eat much tomatoes. I'm learning to use salmon in soups. Tuna cans I can only get gourmet, as the cheaper kind has celery in it. (Not listed on can, but is in the vegie broth that only lists soybeans.)I do eat whole foods, but well cooked, as I'm allergic or sensitive to practically everything.

    I found you through the special. I only caught the last 15 minutes. Your part was short in it, but blue ginger restaurant had a huge part, which was very good and necessary, as it will hopefully help other restaurants accomodate people like us.
    Thanks! You rock!

  • At 9:14 AM, Blogger Cybele Pascal said…

    Dear Carmen:

    Hopefully somebody will upload the show to youtube.


    My new Lime column will be up next week. 9 new HARVEST RECIPES! And don't be afraid of dark chocolate and chili pepper, it's a great combo.

    Thanks, Jacilaponte!

    Kyt, you must have missed my main segment, which was around the half hour point, where I make spaghetti and meatballs. I had a second segment in the last 15 minutes. I thought the Blue Ginger segment was excellent as well.

    Re: soups, can you eat seaweed? If so, you can make great broth by boiling Kombu in water for 4 minutes. Great with noodles, or yams, etc.

    Hope that helps!



  • At 12:12 PM, Blogger Lauren said…

    yes that's the story... so many people in the EIGD community are pissed about the way that story was presented.

  • At 7:56 PM, Blogger Bex said…

    Hey Cybele!

    I am SO glad the show finally aired... I called Al Roker Prod. awhile ago, but they never gave me an exact date and I gave up on it... until I got a strange email from some guy saying he had just seen me on TV. Anyway, Elena and I and the other two girls filmed with us had a little viewing party this morning. I thought it was great; it covered all the bases. But seriously, it took them long enough... the building we were filmed in isn't even in use by Wesleyan anymore.

    Your segment was very good, and your boys are too cute! I don't have your cookbook yet but I will definitely pick it up...visiting Blue Ginger is also on my to-do list...

    Take care!

    Bex Allen
    Wesleyan University '08

  • At 10:26 AM, Blogger Kyt said…

    Thanks for the kombu tip! I love nori, so kombu should be just as good.

  • At 8:22 AM, Anonymous Katy said…

    I can't beleive I missed it!! Any idea if I can watch it online or when it will be on again? =(

  • At 4:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey saw the show on food network the kids are so adorable maybe it was just me but Adam did not look too thrilled that there was a camera in his face while he was eating LOL can't say I bliame him though LOL But my mom was like "Wow does he look grumpy" I told her to stop picking on him he's adorable so it's okay so anyway you of course are really pretty the show was really informative

  • At 8:23 PM, Blogger Cybele Pascal said…


    Why are people upset about the Today Show about the boy with EGID? I didn't see it.

    Bex! Nice to hear from you. Yeah, the show took a very long time to air. I don't live in the house it was shot in anymore either... so I'm with you on that. I thought your segment was great. I was very impressed with you and your friends. I wondered about the "not taking a trip to Europe" issue. Did you go? Did your friend stay home? Couldn't she have brought her own food? I know I did when I went to India, so I'd have safe foods.

    Stay in touch.

    Hi Katy:

    Sorry you missed the show. I don't know if and when it will air again. I'm hoping somebody can upload it to Youtube.

    Dear Anonymous:

    Happy you found the show informative. Perhaps my husband looked grumpy because the show was shot just before we moved to LA, and we were actually in the midst of packing? Can't remember anymore. :)

  • At 9:54 AM, Blogger we light candles! said…

    thanks for replying to my comment :)

    Talk to you later


  • At 11:31 AM, Anonymous Linda Rose said…

    Hi Cybele,
    I saw the Food Network show and thought it was really informative and very helpful to anyone with or without allergies. I was impressed with Chef Ming's Blue Ginger restaurant, if only more restaurants caught on and did the same for their patrons.
    I thought your segment was great and your kids are really adorable! I love when your son ran into the kitchen and said, "did you say dinner's ready?" The turkey meatballs looked dee-lish, I'll have to try them. Now if only Food Network would get wise and give you your own cooking show! I think they need an allergen-free cooking show and who better then you and your cookbooks! I wonder how we can get a petition started. Any ideas?

  • At 2:00 PM, Blogger Cybele Pascal said…

    Hi Linda Rose:

    Thanks for the feedback. Hmmmm, a petition..... well first of all, I think a good idea would be for me to host a show, do my own cooking segments, but also do segments with chefs like Ming, and others who are cooking allergen-free.

    I think the source is

    VP Programming Development
    Food Network
    75 9th Ave
    NY, NY 10011


    fax: 212 398-2969

    If anyone wants to start a petition, I'm all for it!!! Gorilla tactics, anyone?

  • At 6:00 PM, Anonymous Carmen said…

    Just get a bunch of people to be really obnoxious with the powers that be. LOL!!! I'm serious, though. If enough people say something, it just might happen!
    Much love to you and the family!

  • At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The show was great! :) I was glad for you and happy to have a great show about food allergies in the mainstream media.


    Lisa/99% vegan.

  • At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Linda Rose said…

    Hi Cybele,

    I wrote to Charles Nordlander and received his out-of-office email that he no longer works at Food Network. He has taken a position at the History Channel. Here is his out-of-office reply message:
    I have left my position at Food Network as of August 7th. For all matters related to programming and development, please contact Kristen Schwartz at or 212-401-5325.

    I forwarded my original email to Kristen Schwartz and Bcc you at your email address. The email has the title: Allergen-Free Cooking Show.

    Glad to hear that you and your family are okay with the wildfires.

    Take Care!

    Okay people, let's email Kristen Schwartz and see what we can do!

  • At 10:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Suggestion: Is there a way that you could record and upload the type of segment you envision for your show to YouTube or a similar site? If you're unfamiliar with the process, perhaps you can find someone who is more adept with video editing and uploading.

    If a Food Network executive is met with a handful of emails mentioning your name and suggesting that you have a show but s/he is ultimately unfamiliar with both your TV persona and specific plan, s/he probably won't be persuaded to look into the possibility further. On the other hand, if the executive receives a plethora of emails mentioning your name along with an email from you with your pitch, links to a proposed segment, perhaps your appearance on the Martha Stewart show, and your blog, I'd bet the person on the other end is more likely to take the proposal seriously. I'd imagine these people want a certain drivenness and direction, along with competence and a likable personality.

    Lastly, as inexperienced with this type of thing as I am, my last bit of advice is to attempt to make some contacts in the lower levels of workers within the Food Network. Talk to them, see if they can get you through to the bigwigs. It's difficult to be an upstart and go immediately to the vice-president of programming and not be blown off. Keep emailing, keep calling, don't stop until someone gives you a definitive no. Of course, I realize all of this is easier said than done when you probably can't devote an infinite amount of time to this proposal, but I especially think having a proposal video would help your case.

    Best of luck.

  • At 11:22 PM, Blogger Robin said…

    Hi Cybele,
    I love the idea of a show with you and perhaps Chef Ming. An allergy free cooking show is an idea whose time has come. I think we can make some progress with our emails. thanks LindaRose for the info. We need to get that segment up on youtube, the more people who see it, the better.
    IMO, Adam didn't seem grumpy, I actually liked seeing him in the background, just being "the dad".
    I really think we can make some noise and get the attention the "powers that be" come on people, let's do it.
    Take care, Robin

  • At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Jane said…

    Anonymous above, Cybele has already shot a pilot for an allergy-free cooking show, but the Food Network people told her that they didn't think their viewers would be interested. She talks about it in one of her earlier blog posts. So they already know what she can do, they just need to be convinced that there would be an audience for this type of show.

    Along with what's already been suggested, maybe requests for more airings of Edible Enemies would be helpful.

  • At 5:59 PM, Blogger Cybele Pascal said…

    Hi Folks:

    I've been off-line since Thursday, and will reply to all comments tomorrow. However, I just want to clarify something Jane said.

    I HAVE NOT shot a pilot. What Jane is referring to is that I pitched a show to Food Network last year, (I was partnered with a very big production company who has some of the most successful reality programming on TV), and was told there is no audience for health related shows. That even their one token show, Healthy Appetite, wasn't doing well. They were going to wait to discuss the pitch further after Edible Enemies aired, they wanted to see what the viewership numbers were like, but the executive I pitched to is no longer there. So I need to check in with them, pick up the ball with the new Development exec, etc....

    But thank you all so much for all your advice!!! I do appreciate it.

  • At 3:37 AM, Anonymous Jane said…

    Sorry to have gotten that wrong!

  • At 6:00 PM, Blogger tpkyteroo said…

    Concerning Health Food TV shows as a new start up:
    I highly recommend going the YouTube route and filming it yourself and getting on board as the 'director'. Then, get everyone on board to fave each episode. I'd also upload the videos on all the other social video networking sites. Basically, you create the fan base from the ground up. I'd also consider canvassing other channels. One channel does have a Organic foods show. (Sorry, I forget which one).
    Best Wishes!


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