Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking ($22.00, 176 pp) by Cybele Pascal, mother of a food-allergy family, includes 75 30-minute meals free of gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts fish, shellfish and sesame. Pascal helps you stock an allergy-free kitchen and plan day-to-day meals the whole family will love without ever sacrificing texture or taste.

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Containing more than 1,000 recipes, The Dukes Table: The Complete Book of Vegetarian Italian Cooking ($40.00, 352 pp) is an authentic cookbook emulating the vegetarian lifestyle of Enrico Alliata, a.k.a. the Duke of Salaparuta, who believed in transforming diet to repair one’s health.

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Clean Food A Seasonal Guide to Eating Close to the Source ($30.00, 355 pp), by Terry Walters, cookbook author and clean food advocate, is a revised cookbook containing new “clean” recipes with gluten-free varieties. She focuses on using foods such as whole grains, vegetables, legumes, soy, nuts, seeds and fruits, and avoids foods that are processed and stripped of their natural nutrition. Walters also guides readers as to which items are available each season, and the basic techniques needed to prepare these foods deliciously.

 

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Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round ($23.00, 237 pp) is a how-to guide for canning and preserving food. Author Marisa McClellan digs back to her roots when her mother first taught her how to can foods growing up in California and Oregon. McClellan says that canning not only delivers great flavors, but also joy and satisfaction throughout the year. In her book, one can read about the equipment and tools needed for canning, and the steps taken in preserving food ranging from jams to pickles and nut butters.

 

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The Ultimate Allergy-Free Snack Cookbook ($15.95, 131 pp) is a kid-friendly recipe book for those with allergies. Authors Judi and Shari Zucker provide allergy-free recipes that are nutritious and kid-approved. The recipes are free of the eight most common allergens, eggs, cow’s milk, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. This book also contains helpful information for parents about food allergies and intolerances and how to recognize possible allergens on food labels.

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The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine ($29.99, 1219 pp), by Michael T. Murray, N.D., and Joseph Pizzorno, N.D., is a guide for the public on the use of natural medicine.  This book uses an evidence-based approach to supply scientific information about how natural medicine can help with the maintenance of health and the treatment of disease.

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The Complete Idiot's Guide Quinoa Cookbook ($18.95, 322 pp) is cookbook that explains the history, benefits and uses of the popular seed quinoa.  Author Susan Irby, “The Bikini Chef”, is known for her show Bikini Lifestyle.  In this book readers will find useful background and nutrition information about quinoa, as well as “Good-for-You Breakfasts”, “Really Tasty Lunches”, “Easy Snacks and Appetizers”, “Delicious Dinners” and more.  She also includes little “extras” throughout the book, with tips and information found in the sidebars.

 

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Ever in the mood for something light but also don’t want to be hungry fifteen minutes later? Jeanne Kelley’s new book, Salad for Dinner: Complete Meals for All Seasons ($35, 208 pp.), may be able to feed both desires. Just the cover itself shows the utopian idea, a beautiful salad filled with eggs, artichokes, tomatoes, and peppers tossed in delectable greens. This book not only focuses on the health side of salads, but the presentation as well, embellishing in the contracts in color, flavor, and texture of the dishes. The idea of the side salad is put to rest with Kelley’s filling and healthy creations, made for all seasons and all food connoisseurs.

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With positive reviews from the likes of Bobby Flay and Ina Garten, The Mom 100 Cookbook ($16.95, 364 pp.) written by Katie Workman, is sure to be the Joy of Cooking for mothers of this generation. With quirky tips like how to get sticky substances out of measuring cups and how to freeze presumably un-freezable foods like soups and stews, Workman will catch the attention of eyes and stomachs around the world. She also touches the sensitive subject of kids eating healthier, something she insists the younger generation works on. The founding editor in chief of Cookstr.com, Workman gives every mother little secrets that will get them through those everyday cooking dilemmas.

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The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook ($18.95, 216 pp.), by Cybele Pascal, started off as a mother’s response to her infant son's diagnosis of severe allergies to diary and soy. Pascal, through creativity and strength, eliminated eight of the allergens responsible for 90% of food allergies. Her 200 recipes suit any occasion, whether it is a simple meal at home or a fancy party. Paired with an informative forward by Christine Fusillo, M.D., chief of pediatric allergy at the Westchester Medical Center, this cookbook will calm both minds and stomachs.

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