UPDATE: Living with Oral Allergy Syndrome: A Gluten and Meat-Free Cookbook for Wheat, Soy, Nut, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Allergies is now available on Amazon.com. Clicking on the book title or image will take you directly to the Amazon page.
So I have a super exciting announcement to make! I mean, it's exciting for me, and hopefully some of you will find it exciting, too. I've been holding off on sharing this until I was sure it was going to happen, and it was well on its way, but happening it is, and now it's well on its way.
I'm in the process of writing an Oral Allergy Syndrome cookbook, and not only will it include some of my best recipes to date (almost none of which you've seen here on the blog) but it will have TWO FULL CHAPTERS of research on oral allergy syndrome (the leading cause of food allergies) and SIX CHAPTERS OF RECIPES.
Yep. Two totally packed chapters (approx 40 pages!) focused entirely around the condition that causes fresh fruit and vegetable allergies, as well as allergies to wheat, nuts, soy and other related things. These chapters represent the last several years of my research delving into scientific and medical journals with published studies on OAS. Furthermore, this book is endorsed by a doctor and will be sporting a foreword from them!
But I'm telling you this now because I want your input!
UPDATE JULY 27 As a sampler, you can check out some photoshoots for the upcoming book here (note, this will be updated regularly as photoshoots are currently underway):
Chilled Pear Soup
Fruit Popsicles (Rocket Pops and Purple Popsicles)
Wheat/Gluten Free Asparagus Flatbread
I want to hear from you!
It's true! Now that I've put together most of my research and am in the process of photographing food, formatting, and writing furiously, I want to hear from you all if you think I'm missing something, or if there's something you'd really like to see.
I know not all of my readers have OAS, but this book isn't just for OAS'ers alone. ALL of the recipes are gluten and meat free (and most have other allergy-free options, just like my recipes here on the site), so if you happen to be looking for a new GF, meat-free cookbook this applies to you, too!
Why am I writing a book on Oral Allergy Syndrome?
Two reasons: I myself had to struggle for many years, first to discover the cause of my numerous physical ailments and then to learn to manage it. I've spent years researching every article and published study I can find on it. Most people don't have the resources, time or ability to do this and by putting my findings into plain English I hope that this book will help others avoid some of the frustration and suffering I had to undergo.
Secondly, oral allergy syndrome is THE leading cause of food allergies and people need to be aware of that. I hope this book raises awareness and prompts more research on OAS to help determine a solution of sorts, or at least a greater understanding and awareness. I would like to assure people: "no, you are not crazy for thinking you are allergic to lettuce or apples or that almonds make your tongue feel, well, fuzzy, and you aren't just making it up to get attention!"
When will the book be published?
I've been working on this for quite some time, and hope to have it done this summer. (Update July 27: we are currently aiming for a publication date at the end of August/early September) In the time leading up to my hazy publication deadline, I'll be doing a series of posts on the process of self-publishing a cookbook, as well sharing bits of research from the book, and tidbits from the photo shoots.
What will the book contain?
So far, the topics have been determined by my own curiosity about OAS, as well as the many, many questions and comments I've received on my Oral Allergy Syndrome page. If you'd like to know more, or want to see something I haven't listed here, please let me know in the comments section below!
The simple outline for the first two chapters (approx 40 pages of info!) is as such:
Introduction: Oral Allergy Syndrome as the leading cause of food allergies
Statistics and basics of OAS
Chapter 1: Understanding Oral Allergy Syndrome (a.k.a. Pollen-Food Allergy)
* What is oral allergy syndrome? (a detailed explanation)
* What types of food are associated with OAS?
* How does the cross-reaction work?
* Diagnosis of OAS
* Is there treatment for OAS?
* What causes OAS and Allergies?
* Guidelines and Tips for Managing OAS
Chapter 2: Cooking for OAS
* Treating Fruits and Veggies for Safer Consumption
* Various Types of Wheat Allergies vs Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance
* Snacking Suggestions for OAS
* Basic Meal Suggestions for OAS
Plus 7 Chapters of recipes that include everything from Breakfasts and Baked Goods to Main Courses and Desserts!
If you'd like to see some of my research and writing on OAS, you can check out these posts:
Allergic to Lettuce?!
Oral Allergy Syndrome, Wheat Allergies & Your Cosmetics
Celiac Disease, Wheat Allergies, Oral Allergy Syndrome & Sprouted Grains
The Oral Allergy Syndrome Page
Also, I recently discovered an Oral Allergy Syndrome group on Facebook you may be interested in. The folks there are very friendly (myself included ;)