Cookbook giveaway - Pure Delicious

Pure Delicious cookbookAs a chef, former caterer, and much-loved food blogger, Heather Christo's life revolves around food, so when she and her daughters were diagnosed with severe food allergies, she thought her life-and career-were over. With ingredients like gluten, dairy, nuts, and even cane sugar and black pepper permanently off the menu, Heather had to teach herself to cook all over again. The result is her latest cookbook, Pure Delicious. You can learn more about Heather's challenge, and the positive results she obtained, in an excerpt from the cookbook's introduction.

We're delighted to offer three copies of Pure Delicious to EYB Members in the US only. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post:

What food items, if any, have you found problematic in your diet?

Please note that you must be logged into the Rafflecopter contest before posting or your entry won't be counted. If you are not already a Member, you can join at no cost. The contest ends August 15, 2016.


  • meggan  on  7/18/2016 at 1:58 PM

    Not a thing. I can eat anything!

  • kleins99  on  7/18/2016 at 2:56 PM

    Until recently, I believed that carbs made me fat. Well, overeating sugar and carbs and basically overeating anything was making me fat. So, I cut processed sugar from my diet (okay, and "bad" carbs), and I shed 30 lbs. Fast forward 6 months and I took a trip to Japan, where I allowed myself rice (no issues) and rice noodles from a flowing river (no problem). Then, I simply had to devour a bowl of ramen noodles, I mean come on, you're in Japan, woman! And what happened? Major 'rhea. In pain, thought I would die in the bathroom of a Japanese pharmacy. TMI, #sorrynotsorry. WHEAT NOODLES, newfound allergy.

  • trudys_person  on  7/19/2016 at 9:00 AM


  • pandapotamus  on  7/19/2016 at 12:44 PM

    Garlic and onions, on occasion.

  • Katiefayhutson  on  7/19/2016 at 3:14 PM

    My newborn daughter and I shared some problems early on while breastfeeding. I took a blood allergy test. The results were so bad that I could only eat about 50 items (including seasonings) until we got my body straightened out.

  • JanScholl  on  7/20/2016 at 1:22 AM

    I have problems with fungi....and since I am a veg, many recipes sub in mushrooms for meat texture. Can't do that. Sometimes I fine a suitable substitute sometimes not.

  • t.t  on  7/22/2016 at 8:22 PM

    I can't eat broccoli or cauliflower in any form unless I want to curl up in agony for hours afterwards. I can eat other cruciferous vegetables only if they're well-cooked or fermented (e.g. sauerkraut and kimchi are fine).

  • lauriesk  on  7/22/2016 at 10:20 PM

    I have alot of food allergies. The hardest one to avoid is dates.

  • annieski  on  7/23/2016 at 5:46 AM

    A few allergies but I cope. Strawberries might be the saddest for me.

  • annieski  on  7/24/2016 at 11:29 AM

    Grew up with allergies to eggs, milk, OJ. Appreciate thoughtful cook-arounds.

  • juazella  on  7/24/2016 at 8:50 PM

    I have Celiac Disease, so gluten is the obvious issue. But I also have problems with high fodmap foods, which is in a ton of fruits and veggies, as well a dairy.

  • DFed  on  7/25/2016 at 12:18 PM

    My husband and I did a cleanse awhile ago and found that milk is a no-no for us

  • fraserkr  on  7/25/2016 at 4:37 PM

    so far, lucky to not have any dietary problems.

  • Siegal  on  7/26/2016 at 10:07 AM

    Too much soy is a problem for me

  • sbh2006  on  7/27/2016 at 6:53 PM

    No food allergies per se, but I am supposed to avoid large amounts of soy because of thyroid disease - difficult as I live in Japan and am vegetarian because vegetarian temple cuisine is loaded with various forms of soy (miso, tofu, yuba, soymilk, koyadofu...), everything has soy sauce, etc.

  • sarahawker  on  7/28/2016 at 4:18 PM

    I can't drink beer or cider without severe pain, but I don't know what it is in them that's causing it. I suspect I also do not handle dairy well, not sure if it's a true allergy but I feel very weary after eating bread. And yet I still eat it!

  • sgump  on  7/28/2016 at 7:13 PM

    For an inexplicable reason, non-Greek yogurt makes my skin break out within a day or two after consumption. Greek yogurt is fine. All other dairy is fine. All other sorts of probiotic-enriched products are fine. Just cheap American non-Greek yogurt is the problem, as far as I've been able to discern. Odd.

  • ABee  on  7/29/2016 at 6:31 AM

    Sometimes milk.

  • Lynled  on  7/29/2016 at 7:49 AM

    My son and I need to eliminate gluten from our cooking. I'm always searching for yummy breakfast ideas other than gluten free cereal and eggs!

  • tarae1204  on  7/29/2016 at 8:47 AM

    A sad day when I realized that ice cream left me with a stomach longer worth the deliciousness. We've been trying fruit and nut milk based "ice creams" and enjoying!

  • tennyogirl  on  7/29/2016 at 2:50 PM

    Meat, too much always makes me feel queasy.

  • lindaeatsherbooks  on  7/30/2016 at 11:20 AM

    I have had problems with pork in the past, so now I restrict it in my diet.

  • Waderu  on  7/30/2016 at 12:45 PM

    I have no problems that I am aware, but always looking for delicious recipes whether they are gluten free, vegan, etc.

  • ltsuk  on  7/30/2016 at 7:20 PM


  • djoh437938  on  7/30/2016 at 7:39 PM

    pasta, I eat to much of it, should eat low carb

  • elogibs  on  7/30/2016 at 8:11 PM

    Grains, dairy, nightshades, mushrooms -- makes it hard to eat out!

  • PixieCat  on  7/31/2016 at 2:15 AM

    Foods that are too acidic or too spicy.

  • cocecitycook  on  7/31/2016 at 6:37 AM

    Dairy. Never have been able to stomach milk!

  • hrhacissej  on  7/31/2016 at 8:49 AM

    Luckily, I don't have any food allergies. I am interested in lowering my sugar intake though.

  • Ebessen  on  7/31/2016 at 2:42 PM

    I have no food allergies. I would like to cook and use more fresh ingredients and no use anything that has any chemicals in it or is not in its pure form.

  • ksadowski64  on  7/31/2016 at 5:54 PM

    I have rosacea, so many things turn my face read and break me out in a rash--sour cream, beans, chili peppers, and more--all favorites! So, I am a vegan now, and am trying to not eat anything out of a crinkly bag, box, or can. Your recipes will help me accomplish that =:)

  • ravensfan  on  7/31/2016 at 6:03 PM

    I'm lucky -- nothing!

  • Deneenm  on  8/4/2016 at 9:01 AM

    Sugar. Sugar is my kryponite.

  • ballen  on  8/4/2016 at 9:09 PM

    Too much salt -- not allergic but causes water retention.

  • infotrop  on  8/8/2016 at 7:21 PM

    ice cream. very sad.

  • decorates  on  8/8/2016 at 8:56 PM

    Too much dairy isn't good for me

  • CaitlinMairi  on  8/14/2016 at 1:52 PM

    Wheat and other starches.

  • HealthyBody  on  8/15/2016 at 7:35 PM

    I'm allergic to corn, so I've had to find ways to re-jigger recipes, avoid certain foods, and change my way of cooking. It's all been for the best!

  • sbh2006  on  8/24/2016 at 4:03 PM

    Thank you so much! I'm really looking forward to cooking from this :-)

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