Book Review: Allergy Sense

Sometimes things in life just seems to line up in the most amazing way!

I was recently invited to the launch of the book Allergy Sense co-authored by Meg Faure, Dr Sarah Karabus and Kath Megaw and literally the week prior my little one started suffering with what we suspected was a milk protein allergy. Our concerns were confirmed over the following two weeks.

Along with this diagnosis I continued to become more and more anxious about this condition and obviously turned immediately to the book for advice, answers and understanding.

What a delightful resource I had stumbled upon! I spent an entire weekend devouring this book and learning everything I could about food allergies.

 

I quickly realised how little I knew about them and how much misunderstanding surrounds this issue. According to the book 1 in 40 children in South Africa will be diagnosed with a food allergy. It is also becoming more and more prevalent each year.

The team behind Allergy Sense consist of an allergist, a pediatrician and an occupational therapist and together they help to demystify and educate about food allergies. According to Professor Michael Levin, Head of the Paediatric Allergology Division at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Cape Town: “The focus of this book is not how to limit your life due to a food allergy, rather it will help you learn how to live your life to the full. An excellent guide, immensely beneficial for all those living with food allergies.”

I know many of us have enjoyed previous books by Meg Faure and this book comes with it two brilliant co-authors Kath Megaw and Dr Sarah Karabus.

 

 

A little more about the authors:

Dr Sarah Karabus is a paediatric allergologist with a post as consultant lecturer at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. She has been published in several medical journals and frequently speaks at national and international conferences.

Kath Megaw holds four medical qualifications, including a paediatric dietetic qualification from the prestigious Johns Hopkins University in the USA. A local and international speaker, Kath has co-authored the bestseller Weaning Sense and Allergy Sense is her fifth book.

Meg Faure is an occupational therapist specializing in fussy eating and infant care and is passionate about assisting parents to nurture their babies. Meg is the author of seven books, including the bestsellers Baby Sense and Weaning Sense. She writes for various media platforms, is an international speaker and the founder of Baby Sense and Play Sense.

 

Besides all the practical advice on dealing with a child who has a food allergy and useful graphs on age appropriate food portions this book is packed with 70 awesome recipes- each one is clearly labelled with possible allergens so that you can select your recipes with ease avoiding the ones you need to.

 

 

Each recipe comes with easy guidelines and a step-by-step set of instructions. We love the stunning images included with many of many of the recipes as they are simple mouth-watering and they really gave me more motivation to get cooking!

We absolutely loved the following recipes which we tried at home and my kids approve of all of them!

 

 

Ratatouille with rice – Our kids were hesitant at first but after a few mouthfuls they were spooning it down hastily – even baby girl!

Chicken-wrapped mini frittata muffins – What a lovely easy to prepare and easy to eat light supper option!

Pizza twists – Perfect for family movie night!

Dark chocolate chip cookies with fresh herbs – Biscuits minus the dairy mean that these are perfect to enjoy as a tea-time snack with friends who have a dairy allergy or to make for school bake sales!

 

Each recipe is as scrumptious as the next and my list of which one to try next is growing! The recipes are so easy and the ingredients are really uncomplicated which makes this book extra special- cooking to accommodate for a food allergy has never been as easy.

The knowledge, insights and experience of these fabulous local authors has produced a book that really is set to become a household stable.

The book is published by Quivertree and is available in bookstores nationwide and via online outlets.

Emma Reid
Emma Reid

Emma is a mom of three (8, 4 and 2 months). She is an educationalist and holds a Bachelor Degree in English, Media & Writing and Film. She is also a qualified Primary School Teacher. She has a keen interest in curriculum and content development especially for child related fields. Currently she spends her days as lead creative and Cape Town City Director for Adventure Clubs. In this role she plans and creates unique experiences for families with young children. With many years of teaching children, and advising parents, she is passionate about childhood development and education - of kids and parents. Her hobbies include photography, reading, travel and spending time in the outdoors with her family and relaxing either in or near the surf!

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