Cybele Pascal explains what an individual needs to know when they start cooking for those with food allergies and shares her cooking handbooks as a reference.
One of the things that I know as a mother who was diagnosed with a child with multiple food allergies and then my second son also has food allergies, is that I really had to learn on the job, right? Luckily I had a cooking background. I had cooked in restaurants, but I still had to learn how to do this from scratch. So when I write these books my number one goal is to help teach you how to make them and I don’t assume that you even know how to cook. You are cooking this way because you got a diagnosis in your family, right? Maybe you never cooked anything and all of a sudden now you have to cook foods from scratch.
So for example, my baking book is called the baker’s handbook because it’s not only a cookbook filled with recipes, it’s an instructional guide. It takes you through from how to go shopping to what kinds of pants you are going to need and I walk you through…it’s basically a cooking class teaching you how to do allergen-free baking and I have many people who say to me, get e-mails all the time, “Oh my god, thank god you’ve taught me how to bake. I never knew how to bake before,” and now they are baking. So it’s really a guidebook as well as a cookbook.
About Cybele Pascal:
Cybele Pascal is an award-winning author of "The Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook" and "The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook". When her son was diagnosed with severe food allergies in 2001, Cybele learned about allergen-free cooking and made it a priority to transform this cuisine into a delicacy. In addition to recipes she learned to prepare from her family, she spent fifteen years working in restaurants.