Review – The Stepping Stones to Food Allergies By Tracy Bush, NutriMom Food Allergy Liason

BookCoverPhotoI had the pleasure of recently reviewing Tracy Bush’s (aka NutriMom) book, The Stepping Stones to Food Allergies.

This book has 200 pages full of helpful kitchen tips, substitutions and lots of cooking and baking staples, as well as recipes that have all been tested by Tracy herself. This book is a gem. It is a must-have for anyone new to food allergies, whether your child has food allergies or you suffer from them yourself.

Even if you’ve been dealing with food allergies for a while, there may be something in here that you don’t know yet or haven’t tried. If you’re like most food allergy parents, you probably learned the tips and substitutions that you do know the hard way. I spent hours upon hours searching and researching to find the best substitutions and then tried one after the other, failing most times. But thanks to this great resource, hopefully other “new” food allergy parents won’t have to suffer through crumbly cakes and rock hard cookies quite as frequently as the rest of us did.

The Stepping Stones to Food Allergies opens with a heartfelt mission statement and introduction from the author. The chapter breakdown is as follows:

Chapter I – Restocking Your Kitchen…………………………………….. 8

Chapter II – New Kitchen Staples…………………………………………. 15

Chapter III – Items I Always Keep On Hand…………………………… 35

Chapter IV – Taste-Tested Items………………………………………….. 42

Chapter V – Baking Tips…………………………………………………..…… 86

Chapter VI – Kitchen Items That I Can’t Live Without…………… 92

Chapter VII – It’s Good To Have the Shakes…………………………..100

Chapter VIII – Breakfast Recipes………………………………………..… 104

Chapter IX – Quick Meals…………………………………………………….. 124

Chapter X- Snacks & Sides…………………………………………………… 143

Chapter XI- Fast & Easy Sweets…………………………………………… 157

Chapter XII- Mags, Sites & Stuff………………………………………….. 180

Sample Food Allergy Action Plan……………………………………….. 190

Sample Letter for Class Parents……………………………………….… 191

Sample Medical Necessity Letter……………………………………….. 192

Are Food Allergies Tax Deductible?………………………………… 193

Social Security/Disability (504 Plan)…………………………………… 193

Confused About Labels?……………………………………………….. 194

Medic Bag, What to Pack?…………………………………………….. 194

Many Thanks…………………………………………………………….……….. 199

About the Author………………………………………………………………… 200

NutrimomHeadShotJPEGAll of the information is presented in a simple, straightforward manner as if Tracy were sitting and talking to you herself. It is easy to understand, which is great considering most “new-to-food-allergy” people are already feeling confused.  Although I am not new to food allergies, I’m still learning, and The Stepping Stones to Food Allergies gave me some tips that I didn’t know. I also found a recipe or two that I’m going to try!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who has just received a food allergy diagnosis. I also recommend it to anyone who is already dealing with food allergies. Think you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? When it comes to food allergies – yes, you can!

It was my pleasure to read and review this valuable book. You can purchase a copy by following the link on Tracy’s website here.


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