Lutz, Kim with Megan Hart. Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen- & Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes Sterling. Sept. 2011. 256p. index. ISBN 9781402771859. $17.95. COOKING
Cooking for those with special food needs can make the pantry feel like an obstacle course, and for parents faced with cooking for a group of children with any number of unknown restrictions, the problem can feel almost paralyzing. Thankfully, Lutz and Hart (The Everything Organic Cooking for Baby & Toddler Book) have created this collection. They re-create classic, kid-friendly recipes like lasagna, quesadillas, pizza, and cookies without animal products, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, soy, wheat, fish, shellfish, or sesame. You might wonder what's left after clearing out so many basic ingredients, but Lutz and Hart present a creative collection of recipes for every occasion. Few of the recipes require special items, and many of them are easy and quick to prepare.
Verdict This is a thorough collection and a great introduction to cooking for those with food allergies, especially children.—Laura Krier, California Digital Lib., Oakland
VegNews, September-October 2011 issue
These days, being vegan is the easy part. For many, food allergies and sensitivities factor into meal planning and dining out as much as ethics do. What’s a soy-free, gluten-free, nut-free vegan to do? Step one is to avoid potlucks at all
costs. Step two is to pick up a copy of Welcoming Kitchen by Kim Lutz, which boasts 200 such recipes.
Every kind of dish is covered, from tasty apps (remember when this meant “appetizers” and not “applications?”) such as Roasted Fennel Spread and Artichoke Fritters to decadent desserts like Coconut Rice Pudding and Caramel Brownie Sundaes. Does that sound like deprivation to you? We didn’t think so. After Lutz’s son, Casey, experienced severe allergic reactions to the foods she was eating while she breastfed him, she was inspired to learn to cook “welcoming” meals that anyone—with dietary restrictions or without—could enjoy. With so many yummy recipe ideas, Lutz accomplishes two goals with Welcoming Kitchen. One: She proves that even the most restricted of eaters can enjoy a varied, delicious diet, and two: Lutz shows beyond the shadow of a doubt that vegans eat more than just soy-based meat analogs or endless servings of tofu. The hardcover book’s only downfall is that there aren’t photographs of Lutz’s creations, and that means one thing: You’ll have to make the recipes yourself to see how they turn out!
Living Without, February-March 2012 issue
No Diner Left Behind
No need to feel left out at breakfast, lunch or dinner, thanks to Welcoming Kitchen (Sterling Publishing), by Kim Lutz with registered dietitian Megan Hart. Tasty vegan recipes totally devoid of the big 8 allergens (free of gluten and sesame, too) allow you and almost any family member and guest to relax and eat just like everybody else. Drawing from culinary traditions from around the world, from starters to desserts. This basic little book delivers practical advice and can-do inspiration for every cook who strives to be inclusive.
Renee Shelton at Suite101.com
Kim Lutz is a cookbook author and runs the blog, Welcoming Kitchen, with her co-author, Megan Hart, a registered dietitian. All recipes they post there are free of the eight common allergens (dairy, eggs, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, fish, and shellfish), gluten-free, and also vegan. In her book of the same name, Lutz shares the story of discovering her son had a food allergy a couple months after his birth. Because she was still nursing him, she had to find foods she could eat and cook with that agreed with her son: healthy and good tasting yet allergen-free.