With an eye on the food allergy community as a unique group of consumers since 2008, we're on a quest to find and share ways to continue enjoying the good things in life.

15 December 2008

Gluten-Free Cooking Classes

I often think about how fortunate it is that our cooking and recipes haven't really changed much since the peanut allergy diagnosis. We just cook more from scratch and have to look a little harder for purely peanut-free and tree nut-free ingredients, like breadcrumbs. Many Food Allergy Buzz readers can attest to the fact that other allergies such as egg, milk, and wheat add extra challenges and creativity to old recipes and meals from life before the allergies. Take a look at some of the handiwork of food allergy bloggers focusing on cooking and recipes for multiple food allergies, like The Allergic Kid , Food Allergy Mama, Lisa Cooks, Shops and Dines Allergen Free or Mom's Food Allergy DinerThis is also true for those with celiac disease and need to avoid gluten--it's a whole new way of cooking and eating. By the way, if you haven't visited gluten-free girl, you really should at least once, even if you don't cook or eat gluten-free. 

Have you ever thought it might be helpful to take a cooking class to address the challenges of cooking for a gluten-free diet? Chef Rebecca Reilly--author of Gluten-Free Baking --is the one the we see most often here in New England in connection with gluten-free cooking classes. She'll be teaching a Gluten Free Italian Baking class in Falmouth, Maine in mid-January, the second in a series sponsored by the Institute for Italian Studies in Portland, Maine. She also teaches gluten-free recreational cooking classes at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts in Cambridge, MA. If you don't live in the area, however, don't fret, Chef Rebecca was just in Texas last month and has speaking engagements around the U.S. throughout the year. 

Now, I am wondering if there are classes out there for cooking with multiple food allergies. Anybody know of any? If you do, please send in a comment and share that info--that would be super!


Anonymous said...

I am responding to your question about classes for multiple food intolerances. This the Gluten Free Cooking Expo will have many sessions that are also dairy and corn free. Although we discussed alternative ingredients at last year's Expo, many of the participant requested that we do not use dairy or corn so that they could try all of the yummy foods we were demonstrating. We are planning another Expo in Chicago this fall and are planning on having dairy and corn free options. Hope this helps! Jen Cafferty, Founder, The Gluten Free Cooking Expo. www.glutenfreeclasses.com

They'll Know We Are Christians said...

Hi! Do you live around Cambridge? Have you been to a class? I have been writing (well, a little behind) on http://www.angkantz.blogspot.com - all about food allergies.

Unknown said...

Jen, thanks for this info. It sounds great!

Angela, thanks for stopping by. No, I have not attended any gluten-free cooking classes, just ordinary cake decorating classes! We only need to avoid peanuts and nuts, so it has not impacted our recipes much, just our brand choices and we buy much less processed food than before the PA diagnosis.