Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living

July 8, 2010 · Posted in Bestselling Cooking Books 

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It has been estimated that over 7.5% of the U.S. population lives dairy-free, yet so few resources cater to this expansive and diverse group. To aid this niche, Alisa Fleming founded the informational website GoDairyFree.org in 2004, and produced the limited edition guidebook Dairy Free Made Easy in 2006, which quickly sold out. Back by popular demand, Alisa has updated and expanded her guide to address additional FAQs and to include an expansive cookbook section. W… More >>

Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living

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5 Responses to “Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living”

  1. E. Allard on July 8th, 2010 2:39 am

    It is rare that within a 24 hour period I make four recipes from one cookbook, let alone a newly acquired one. But Go Dairy Free, by Alisa Marie Fleming, is so fantastic, that I needed to dig in immediately. And then I couldn’t stop!

    This is a must-have cookbook for anyone looking to expand their recipe repertoire, regardless of whether you want or need to go dairy-free. Besides fabulous sounding recipes, the book is a wealth of information. First of all, the recipe/allergy index at the back of the book is phenomenal. Listed according to categories (dairy alternatives, breakfast to brunch, baking bread, sips & smoothies among others), each section tells you whether the recipe is vegan, egg-free, soy-free, gluten-free, wheat-free, nut-free and/or peanut-free. This feature alone is worth the very reasonable price of the book (I am not an affiiliate seller for this book – just very pleased!). But I can’t stop there. One of the other great features of the book is the section that talks about calcium. How many of us, when friends and/or family realize we’re not eating dairy ask us where we’ll get our calcium from?! Right? You know what I’m talking about. The author of Go Dairy Free explores this in depth, helping the reader understand how much calcium one really needs and explaining how calcium needs can be met without eating dairy.

    My first foray into the book started with a recipe for Creamy Pesto-Inspired Pasta. If I hadn’t cooked the dish with my own two hands, I never would’ve known it wasn’t a creamy dairy-filled parmesan sauce. And to boot, it was unbelievably easy. Only thing is, I should’ve doubled the recipe. We practically licked our plates!

    It didn’t need anything more to improve the taste, but I decided to try the author’s Easy Parmesan Substitute. Three ingredients. Delicious. A great dairy-free alternative to parmesan cheese which we sprinkled over the pasta. Delish. I’m hooked!

    This morning, I made one of the author’s smoothie recipes. Again, dairy-free, delicious, full of omega 3’s (flaxseeds) and anti-oxidants (blueberries), and spinach (iron). Yup, you read that right. Spinach. But you couldn’t even tell, not by the color of the smoothie (blueish purple) or by the taste which was mostly dominated by the banana and blueberries.

    This afternoon I decided to try my hand at Go Dairy Free’s Five Minute Nachos. I happened to have some homemade corn tortillas, though it would’ve worked just as well with store-bought corn tortilla chips. The sauce literally took five minutes plus two minutes for assembling the ingredients. Still, that’s amazing, don’t you think? And the finished product was fed to four hungry musicians who had just finished a two hour intense rehearsal. I didn’t tell them they were eating dairy-free nachos. I just waited for the reaction. They were wowed! We all loved it and none of us could believe that the sauce had no cheese in it.

    I delicately plopped refried beans over the chips, then drizzled the cheesy sauce over the whole thing, then threw it in the oven to warm it for about two minutes. It was sensational.

    Alisa – I hope you’re reading this review. I am crazy about this cookbook. Thank you so much for all of your hard work in pulling together so many fantastic recipes and providing invaluble information that will help me explore dairy-free cooking. Not only that, I have Celiac Disease and am completely gluten-free – this cookbook has recipes that are totally easy to make gluten-free! What a find!

    Ellen A.


    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Cathe Olson on July 8th, 2010 4:33 am

    Whether you’re avoiding dairy for health or ethical reasons, you will love this comprehensive book that is both a guide to dairy free living and a cookbook.

    The book begins with an explanation of what dairy is, including information about pasteurization, homogenization, lactose-free milk, kefir and milk from other mammals besides cows. She goes on to explain why some people avoid dairy–because of allergies, lactose intolerance, a vegan diet, autism, general health and more. She even addresses infant allergies–how to prevent and recognize them.

    Another section is devoted to the question that many people wonder about–how can you get enough calcium with drinking milk. Fleming dispels the myth that you need dairy in your diet, tells you how much calcium you really do need, and lists many calcium rich (nondairy) foods. Before heading on to recipes, the book addresses eating out, traveling, and shopping–giving the reader insight into avoiding dairy when not at home.

    Then, my favorite part: the recipes! And what great recipes they are. Perfectly Pear Muffins, Grilled Vegetable Strudel, Better Than Ice Cream, Vanilla Pudding, Lemon Struesel Squares and lots, lots more. A really nice feature is the chart that lists all of the recipes and notes which common allergens they do or do not contain, as well as whether the recipes are vegan.

    I highly recommend this cookbook.

    This book is
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Gina Clowes on July 8th, 2010 7:11 am

    This book is a welcome addition to anyone w/milk allergy intolerance, multiple food allergies or vegan. There is a ton of useful information about where to go for additional recipes or resources. Alisa includes lots of safe substitutes. And this book is very different from many other dairy free books because it does not use a soy substitute in every recipe.

    There are a lot of yummy and kid friendly recipes and tricks and handy lists for where dairy hides.

    If you’re new to living without dairy, or if you’ve been at it for awhile and need a bunch of new and delcious dairy free (and egg free) recipes, get “Go Dairy Free”
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. Beverly Lynn Bennett on July 8th, 2010 9:33 am

    If you are considering giving up milk and other dairy products for health or ethical reasons, but are not sure how to wisely go about it, then I highly recommend Go Dairy Free by Alisa Marie Fleming. To help you ease into dairy-free living, this excellent book provides you with tips and resource information for revamping your daily diet, restocking your kitchen and medicine cabinet, changing cosmetics and body care products, and, very importantly, handling eating away from home. It also provides readers with insights and answers to many of the common concerns and questions associated with dairy products, such as milk allergies and lactose intolerance, effects on weight and cholesterol levels, ties to autism and ADHD, and various forms of cancer, just to name a few.

    Those not used to diligent label reading will really appreciate the author’s lists of obvious and hidden dairy ingredients and derivatives. And before delving into the recipes (yes this book contains over 225 of them!), she offers up advice on spicing up yours meals and snacks without relying on dairy products, shopping and money-saving tips, and kitchen gadgets that will make it easier to go dairy free. If you are new to living dairy free, you will be thrilled by the extensive dairy-free (and egg-free) substitution section, which includes both store-bought and recipes for homemade items like beverages, spreads, cheeses, sour cream, and yogurt.

    I’m still working my way through the many recipes in this book, but thus far I have enjoyed the Effortless Overnight Oat Milk, Pillowy Whole-Grain Pancakes, Cheesy Broccoli Soup, Sesame Soba Noodles with Calcium-Rich Kale, Lightly Herbed Pasta Alfredo, and Simply Vanilla Frozen Yogurt. With the winter holiday baking season in full swing, I am looking forward to trying out many of the cookie recipes with a glass of Coco-Nog. So if you are a vegan like me, lactose intolerant, or just looking for some additional dairy-free recipes to add to your repertoire, this book is perfect for you, and your tummy will be very happy!

    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Sarah Hatfield on July 8th, 2010 10:49 am

    Go Dairy Free is the book I wish I had seven years ago when my daughter was diagnosed with a severe dairy allergy. But, hey, I have it now and so can you! This fabulous book by Alisa Fleming combines informational sections on understanding dairy, eating out, and shopping, with directions for dairy substitutes and tons of recipes. Many of the recipes are vegan as well as dairy free.

    The lists of dairy-free resources and product recommendations are very helpful. I can tell that this is going to be one of our most-used books in our quest to go dairy free for our daughter.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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