The Intolerant Family Cookbook, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Family Friendly Food. Review and Give-Away.

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I get fun things in the mail, often unexpected. One day I received this cookbook, and a lovely letter from one of the authors, Ellen Fitzsimmons. Could I review the book and offer a give-away on the blog?

Sure I could. Ellen and her daughter Molly Lepeska have written an excellent, tasty, healthy cookbook. Ellen is dairy and gluten intolerant, Molly is a type 1 diabetic.

Ellen is also a home economist, with over 30 years of experience in adult education with the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Molly works in health communication and is a mom, to twin toddlers and a new baby. Her family currently lives in the Netherlands. The whole extended family loves good food and good cooking.

My 7 Favorite Things about The Intolerant Family Cookbook

1. Flavor, flavor, flavor. These are tasty recipes.

2. Whole, unprocessed ingredients. 

3. Variety of cuisines.

4. Simple to follow recipes from soup to nuts. Also snacks, salads, veggies, entrees, starches, and desserts. You can cook and eat all day.

5. ITF Tips (Intolerant Family Tips), these are handy sidebars, a total of nineteen. Examples include, “Know your Milk Substitutes” and my personal favorite “Meet the Tomatillo”. 

6. Whole-grain gluten-free flour blend for baked goods.

7. Nutritional analysis for each recipe.

Some Recipes to Tempt You

“Faster than Take-Out” recipes

Chicken and Broccoli, flavored with fresh ginger, garlic, jalapeno, onion, and a bit of brown sugar.

Sweet-Spicy Glazed Salmon seasoned with brown sugar, mustard, rice vinegar, and fish sauce.

Beef Wrapped in Lettuce, a great appetizer, loaded with veggies and spices. An alternative recipe using ground turkey is included.

Super Fast Mediterranean Fish, topped with tomato, green beans, fresh lemon, and black olives.

Ethnic Variety

German-Easy Kraut and Pork Chops.

Mexican-Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde, and Green Tomatillo Chili. Both recipes use tomatillos, everyone should try tomatillos. I love tomatillos. Fresh and light green, they taste a bit like lime. Once you try them you will use them frequently. Mexican will never be the same.

Indian-Carrot Curry Soup. With coconut milk, peanut butter, curry powder, ginger, garlic, onions. And garnished with chopped peanuts.

Italian-Antipasto. A beautiful serving tray of steamed asparagus, fresh or roasted tomatoes, artichoke bottoms, hearts of palm, yellow pepper strips, black and green olives. Drizzled with home-made herb and olive oil dressing. Add GF/DF pepperoni, hard cooked egg slices, or oil packed white tuna if you want a heartier tray.

Midwestern-When It Has to Be Fried Fish. This makes me smile, we are in Wisconsin after all. Friday night fish fries are a tradition here. This recipe uses white fish, cornmeal seasoned with black pepper, paprika, and cayenne. The fish is dipped in rice milk, then the cornmeal mix, then fried with a golden crust. It is a lovely tradition.

Or Chunky Red Chili, made with beef, tomatoes, peppers, onion, and lots of chili powder. A cold weather Midwestern mainstay.

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fresh tomatillos in the Cuernavaca, Mexico Mercado photo by lsimon

New to You Ingredients

Perhaps you thought, tomatillos, fish sauce, fresh ginger, rice vinegar-“I don’t know about those”. I encourage to to become acquainted, you will soon be fast friends.

These ingredients add zest to life and cooking. They are easy to obtain and stock in your kitchen. The Intolerant Family Cookbook is happy to make the introduction.

Do you wonder if your family will like these? They will. I think it is a crime to limit kids choices to nuggets and fries. There is so much wonderful food to be enjoyed. The secret is to start early. The Intolerant Family Cookbook shows you how.

Nutritional Analysis

Each recipe includes calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, fiber, and protein.

Knowing carbs and fiber is crucial to tightly manage glucose and insulin for folks with type 1 diabetes. Ellen and Molly use limited amounts of sugar, no sugar-free products. Better to use the real thing, than a substitute. Some sugar-free products cause GI distress, and who needs that?


Intolerant Family Cookbook is there, with useful info and updates. You can become a fan.

Gluten-Free Cooking Expo

You can meet Ellen Fitzsimmons at the Gluten-Free Cooking Expo Vendors Fair April 17-18 in Lisle, Il. You will find her kind and thoughtful, she doesn’t seem intolerant at all.

Enter to Win an Intolerant Family Cookbook

Simply leave a comment below by April 21, 2010 and a working email. You do not need to publish the email in the comment. It will be recorded in the comment form and I will be able to access it. But please enter it carefully. Too many times, I need to choose another winner because of emails that are undeliverable.

Updated 4-22-2010

Congratulations to our winner Alissa, chosen by random number generator. She was the first to comment, sometimes it pays to be first.

28 thoughts on “The Intolerant Family Cookbook, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Family Friendly Food. Review and Give-Away.”

  1. Hi! My son is 2 yrs old and is gluten and dairy free. It is sometimes hard coming up with interesting options myself, so I am always looking for new ideas. This book seems like it would be great to have! Thanks!

  2. I love looking at and buying gf and df cookbooks. The sad thing is I’m not so good in the kitchen. I have all these beautiful recipes I would love to try but always feel afraid to do so. I’m sure I’ll mess it up. But I always love to get new books anyways!

  3. This would be awesome to have. I’m gluten free, but my husband is not. My husband is lactose intolerant but I’m not. It would be wonderful to have recipes that we can both enjoy and not get sick!

    I also have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which says I should be on a Diabetic diet. But living gluten free is hard enough without a second special diet to worry about.

    Thanks for this opportunity! ^.^

  4. I am so thankful that more and more cookbooks are coming out for family with intolerances. I really do enjoy sitting down with my family and sharing a meal with them and feeling like I am normal. Looks like it’s a good one!

  5. It is so nice to see cookbooks for the whole family. I happen to enjoy sitting down and eating a meal with my family and feeling normal. Thanks for the recipes.