The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook

200 Gourmet and Homestyle Recipes for the Food Allergic Family

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Happy Fall Everyone!

Today, my kids started school. And along with KFA, I'd like to remind everyone to make sure that their kids' EpiPens are up to date.

I also just came across a really cool site that sells what are called "allernotes",

which are notes that you can stick to your kids' lunch box, or give to a waiter announcing your food allergy, which they can then stick on the menu ticket for the chef. Here's the link.

And I want to tell you about a new line of Teriyaki Sauces that I am pretty excited about. SEAL SAMA. They are all natural, and they even have a Gluten-free sauce, which is hard to find. (Please note, however, that these sauces contain soy). They are not too salty, and use pineapple juice to enhance the sweet tart flavor. In addition to the "Gluten-free" sauce and the "Chef's Blend", there is also a "Less Sodium" sauce and a "Sugar-free" sauce made with splenda. I like these sauces for there simplicity. They are light, fresh, and
easy to use. Either marinate, or use them for dipping. Hope you enjoy!

Next up:

I have a holiday cookie spread coming out in the December issue of Living Without, and I can finally tell you all that my next book will be available in December 2009. It is an allergen-free baking cookbook, and will be published by 10 Speed Press/Celestial Arts. Regretfully, the follow up to the Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook will have to wait a little while longer. But that's coming too!

kind regards,



  • At 2:48 PM, Anonymous Cassie Rivera said…

    Thankyou for letting us know about the Living without article. I just recieved my first issue in August, so I can't wait to read it. Maybe I'll make it for Philli if my freinds don't run me over for them or the recipe. My freind Kelly (another fan of your husband) would like to thank the two of you. She just made an appointment with an allergist for two weeks from now, to get tested for peanuts and tree nuts and has a prescribtion for an epi-pen. She didn't relize that that could be her problem until she bought your cookbook.
    Cassie Rivera(facebook, and the secret project for your husband)

  • At 4:48 PM, Anonymous Kelly aka MacTavish14 said…

    Hey Cybele! Thanks for the update. Mmmmcookies. Can't wait!
    And yes, Cassie's right: I've been preliminarily diagnosed with a peanut/tree nut allergy. I had been getting periodically ill over the last few months, and then it clicked: the digestive symptoms I was having were similar to Lennon's infancy, plus I had a noticed drop in blood pressure and tightness in my throat. I knew it had to be a food, and peanuts (as I was eating mini peanut butter cups at the time) seems the likely culprit. Walnuts also caused a drop in blood pressure and dizziness a day later. So, EpiPen now in-hand, I will see the allergist for an official diagnosis of what I'm allergic to in 2 weeks. Thank you so much for your blog posts!

  • At 5:23 PM, Anonymous Sarah said…

    Hi Cybele thats great I didn't know about that soy sauce I THINK i may be allergic to soy sauce because I whenever I eat something with it I don't really feel well.. oh thats something I needed to ask you.. Could it be a curtain brand that Im allergic to? Does that make sence?

  • At 2:45 PM, Blogger Brette said…

    Thanks for the tip on the Allernotes... I can't wait to get my first pack and try them out.

  • At 10:57 AM, Anonymous Katrina said…

    Hi Cybele! I can't wait for the new book! I'll be making your chocolate cake and oat cookies for my son's 2nd birthday party in a few weeks. I'm going to do a test run first because baking for some reason is not my strong point! We went to the allergist for a follow up (18 months after diagnosis) and he's still allergic to dairy, soy, & egg. Peanuts/tree nuts, cantalope and rosemary have now been added to the list! Regardless of all these allergies he is growing and thriving!
    Also want to let you know I am 6 months prego and your avacado mayo and dressing have been a HUGE craving of mine! Take care and good luck with your cookbooks!

  • At 8:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Cybele: Now that my daughter has entered preschool, do you have a recipe for frosting a cupcake or two at a time. I hate to make an entire recipe, especially when there seems to be a birthday party at her school every other week! Thanks

  • At 10:53 AM, Blogger Cybele Pascal said…

    Dear Cassie and Kelly:

    Thanks for posting. Kelly, it's certainly a blessing that you've discovered what you're allergic to before it got any worse. Please let me know what the allergist said, if you have a moment.

    sarah, i believe some soy sauce has msg in it, so it could be a certain brand. look for organic brands of soy sauce. go to your local whole foods (if you have one) and read the label to make sure there are no additives. do you have any sort of reaction to other forms of soy? if not, it could also be that you don't tolerate fermented foods well... many people can't and soy sauce is fermented. so is miso.

    Brette, happy to have pointed out the allernotes. I thought they were really cool!

    Hi Katrina:

    Great to hear from you. Sorry to hear about your son's list of allergies. Can he eat wheat, at least? If so, try the cake recipe with the spelt flour option, it will be the most successful.

    Cool about the avocado mayo. I haven't made that in so long. Thanks for reminding me!


    Can your daughter eat sugar? Let me know, and I'll try to come back with a recipe for frosting 1 cupcake.



  • At 8:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Cybele: Yes, my preschooler can eat sugar. She is allergic to eggs, dairy, soy & wheat. Look forward to your help.

  • At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Sarah said…

    Actually Im not allergic to any other form of soy, I thought that was odd... And it only seems to be a curtain kind of soysauce

    Also I am in fact allergic to shellfish but I have yet to get a really devestatingly bad reaction, as of now it has only been a rash.. but I have been told not to press my luck [Thanks Cassie] Im kinda sad though cause I LOVE shrimp cocktail... But anyway Cybele, you're awsome take care of yourself and that amazingly beautiful family of yours


    Shhoutouts to Kelly and Cassie: Hey girls

  • At 8:17 PM, Anonymous kelly aka mactavish14 said…

    Sarah... lay OFF the shrimp! LOL
    Cassie... we're hitting Chili's, right? I get the nut-free menu, and you get the gluten-free and grape-free ones, right?
    Cybele... just thanks. I can't thank you enough for what you've done and will do for food allergies. Give your boys extra hugs from me.

  • At 4:57 PM, Anonymous Sarah said…

    What? What'd I do...?

    Cybele, I only seemed to have a problem with that one curtain brand of soysauce, because I have since switched and Im fine now ::shrugs:: I had no idea it could be the BRAND [Or something in that brand,perhaps] I don't know, at any rate Im fine now, thank you


  • At 9:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Not sure if this was asked before, but do you use Stevia?

  • At 10:08 AM, Blogger Cybele Pascal said…

    Dear Anonymous:

    No, I don't use stevia. I don't like the taste.

    Thanks for asking.



  • At 12:47 AM, Blogger ...stumptious said…

    This is my first time looking into your blog, but I recently came across the video from your older Martha Stewart appearance and have recently purchased your first cookbook. As a 44-year-old woman NEWLY allergic to shellfish, I was grateful to find some very nice recommendations from your blog for things like the food-allergy tags useful for giving waiters, and reminders for each of us to update our epi-pens! I hope for the continued health & happiness of your sons, and want to give you kudos for being a 'SuperMom'...not every parent of children with food allergies have gone to the lengths that you have to provide healthy alternatives for your sons!
    Just one quick reminder for your readers...I had a scare last year at the hospital with my shellfish allergy. Doctors were sending me for a CAT scan with a dye contrast. As someone who had previously had this test (pre allergen days), I remembered being formerly asked about shellfish allergies in relation as the dyes are often derived from shellfish. It was only after I mentioned my allergy to THREE separate hospital workers that an x-ray tech pointed out that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES could I take this test. Imagine if I had not been conscious? I'd not have been able to press the issue. Please carry your allergy information, and continually remind your health-care professionals about your condition!


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