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Monday, June 3, 2013

The Makings of an Oral Allergy Syndrome Cookbook: Recipes for Oral Allergy Syndrome

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 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 ;)

I'd love for this to be as beneficial as possible to people suffering from oral allergy syndrome, and you can help make that happen by leaving your thoughts in the comments section :)


This post was shared on the following great link parties: Waste Not Want Not, From the Farm Blog Hop


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Miachel! I'm quite excited about it ;)

  2. How's it coming?? I have Celiac and OAS so I'm extremely excited to get your book!

    1. Thanks so much for your interest! The current publication goal is for end of August/early September. I've added some links above to a couple of photoshoots that have been done in preparation for the book, and I will be adding some more photos today or tomorrow :) Here are the links from above:

    2. How can I purchase this book?

    3. Hi danyell - the book is now available for purchase on here -

  3. Hey there, my friend Dominic told me about your site! So happy to have found it! Would love to get your book - is it out yet? I have OAS but much more seriously so...anaphylactic reactions to most stone fruits, including avocado. I'm also vegan and allergic to all tree nuts. On top of that, I have food dependent exercise-induced anaphylaxis, which is a condition where a food that I could normally tolerate may trigger an anaphylactic reaction when coupled with exercise. So I have to do all my training early in the mornings before having eaten. At any rate, good to meet fellow allergy sufferers who are still kicking ass and taking names!

    1. Hi Karina, thanks for stopping by, glad Dominic shared the site with you :) The hope is that the book will be ready within a couple of weeks, and I will definitely announce it when it is ready, so stay tuned!

      Are you ok with canned fruits and cooked vegetables? Having exercise-induced anaphylaxis on top of everything must make things a real nuisance! I feel for you.

  4. Can I pre-order this book?! Seriously, I'm going to keep it as my bible ;)
    Do you have a twitter or facebook page that will have updates on the book anywhere?

    1. Aw, thanks Alex, I'm thrilled you're looking forward to the book. As soon as it's ready(very soon, I promise!) it will be made immediately available so there's no need to pre:order. You can find me on facebook using the links at the top of the page, or check back in here. I will definitely be letting everyone know as soon as it's done.

  5. Finding your site about OAS was OMG - Now I know that all the weird things I can't eat that normal humans can eat isn't just in my head - that there's a reason why I'm allergic to some lettuces, or can't eat eggs for breakfast, or why bananas are delicious fruits that want to kill me from the inside-out. Count me in for a book purchase! I solemnly swear I will put stickies on pages, highlight everything, and keep it in my kitchen were I can refer to it often and remind myself that I'm not nuts... I just have to be careful eating them....

    1. Lol, thanks for cracking me up, Sarah. No, you're totally not nuts, but hopefully you'll go bananas over the book ;) Stay tuned, as I anticipate it to be available almost any day now!


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