Cookbook Giveaway & Quick Bites: Cristy’s Kitchen

Enter our US giveaway to win one of two copies of Cristy’s Kitchen: More Than 130 Scrumptious and Nourishing Recipes Without Gluten, Dairy, or Processed Sugars by Cristina Kisner.

In 2019 Cristy Kisner, her husband, Sebastian, and their five daughters moved to Roswell, Georgia, from Peru, investing all their savings in Cristy’s dream of opening a healthy café in the United States. When the Covid-19 lockdown came, they never closed their doors, working sixteen-hour days for a year. In March 2021, Brandon Stanton, the creator of Humans of New York who lived nearby, fell in love with the food at the café and Cristy’s incredible story. He offered to write about her and sponsor a fundraiser. The post went viral and raised $1.2 million in donations in just a week, allowing the family to stay afloat and continue to live their American dream.

The food at Cristy’s Kitchen is gluten free, dairy free, organic, nourishing, and thoroughly tasty. Back in Peru, Cristy had developed her recipes after two of her daughters experienced medical issues ranging from allergic rhinitis to digestive problems to an autoimmune disease. They switched to organic ingredients; removed dairy, gluten, and processed foods from their diets; and got each diagnosis under control. Her daughters’ special packed lunches gained the attention of other parents and Cristy started teaching classes on healthy food prep, which evolved into her dream of having her own restaurant.

Our for Cristy’s Kitchen: More Than 130 Scrumptious and Nourishing Recipes Without Gluten, Dairy, or Processed Sugars features the following :

Dark cacao tart with berries

The author took some time from her busy schedule to answer our Quick Bites questions for our Members:

Cristy Kisner is the owner and creative culinary visionary behind Cristy’s Kitchen, a gluten-free and dairy-free organic bakery and café that was the subject of a viral post and fundraiser on Humans of New York. She lives with her husband and five daughters in Roswell, Georgia.

Q: What first triggered your interest in cooking? Was it necessity due to allergens?

The trigger was definitely motherhood. I began to pay attention to food since I was pregnant, I began to study about breastfeeding, then about baby food and when my first daughter started going to school, I decided that I did not want to send her any food that came in a bag or box because I started taking awareness of how harmful the ingredients they contained were. At that time, I was cooking, but I didn’t like pastry at all, but I decided that I had to start loving it and enjoying it in order to give my daughters the best.

Over time and due to their allergic rhinitis, I realized that food could make a difference, and it did. I started removing dairy and all kinds of processed food, and I started cooking almost everything at home, I started baking bread, snacks for the lunchboxes, juicing and buying everything organic.

Then my second daughter developed symptoms of gluten intolerance and that’s when I got really into finding out all about allergens and then when my oldest daughter was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, that’s when food became such a big thing for me and my family. Food saved us in many ways.

Q: If you had to describe your cooking style, what would it be? What types of recipes will we find in your new book?

My cooking style is completely gluten and dairy free (because I believe they are the most inflammatory foods and it is good for all of us to avoid them, especially nowadays where they are so badly handled by humans) but I don’t like to focus only on removing ingredients, but on adding great nutrients.

I am a firm believer that organic ingredients make a difference (in taste and nutrition) and I believe that each body is unique and each of us reacts differently to certain foods; that’s why in my cookbook (and in my restaurant) I include paleo, vegan, vegetarian and AIP (autoimmune protocol) recipes, and the quality of the ingredients plays the most important role in any of them. Nature is wise and gives us a wide range of flavors, textures and colors, and each one with a purpose.

Of course, my recipes show my Peruvian culinary heritage, I love using Peruvian superfoods that are also very easy to find in America.

In my cookbook you will find recipes for all occasions, high-nutrient-dense meals. You can find sweet and savory breakfasts, delicious salads, sides and incredible mains, powerful baked goods, and refreshing and comforting drinks.

Q: Are you a cookbook collector? If so, tell us about your collection?

I love collecting cookbooks, they are a source of inspiration and knowledge. I have Peruvian cookbooks (mostly traditional recipes and food history), I love Middle Eastern cooking, so I have a lot of Ottolenghi cookbooks, and my favorite Persian cookbook is Najmieh Batmanglij’s Food of Life, I am also a big fan of Jamie Oliver, I have several of his books, but my greatest treasures are my mother’s old cookbooks, magazines and her handwritten recipe notebooks.

Q: What is the best part of your job? Do you sometimes feel like working with food all day keeps you from wanting to get creative in the kitchen?

The best part of my job is the happiness of giving my family real, delicious and healthy food and having the opportunity to share my journey and my recipes.

When I started looking for answers to my daughters’ health problems, I felt lost and very helpless, and I think many mothers feel the same way, and many people who are looking to improve their health, so my mission is to try to help them and share what I learn every day in the kitchen, because we never stop learning. It makes me very happy when a customer arrives at the restaurant and gets excited and tells me “Thank you! I can eat here safely”.

Yes, the truth is that sometimes the pressure of work does not leave me enough space to create as I would like because I formulate the recipes first in my head, and once I have them clear, I begin to analyze the chemistry of the ingredients and then I write them down to start testing them. But there are days when I have too many things to do and many new ideas going around in my head without being able to land them. But having a big family to feed every day, I can’t wait for that momentum, so I have to create on the fly and under the pressure of “Mom I’m hungry!” and I love it, because it is a wonderful challenge.

Q: What is your go to for a quick dinner – quick dessert?

Quick dinner, I would say soup. I always have pre-portioned frozen grass-fed bone broth on hand, a jar of homemade dried vegetables, and frozen shredded chicken. So, it’s very easy, I put the broth in a pot, add the vegetables and boil them for a few minutes, then add the chicken and the girls choose if they want to add some pasta, maybe some frozen squash or sweet potato or just a splash of coconut aminos. And if we’re not in soup mode, then my frozen pot pies and empanadas (the ones we ship to more than 30 states) are an amazing dinner.

Quick, delicious, and super healthy dessert and a classic in my house, that even my girls make by themselves when they feel like something sweet: my Powerful Brownie recipe which is also very versatile, they sometimes add a swirl of almond butter, some nuts, berries, or even a little extra dark chocolate chunks.

Q: Tell us about this cookbook or any future projects you are working on?

This cookbook is very important to me because I share not only recipes, but also a little bit about my family’s journey through health, bankruptcy, hopelessness, miracles and above all the lessons we have learned in life. I am infinitely grateful to my publisher, William Morrow, for trusting me and giving me the opportunity to reach a lot of people with this cookbook that is also incredibly beautiful, and of course I hope it will be the first of many. I love writing, cooking, photography, so making this book has been a dream come true.

On the other hand, my husband and I have two projects that we are working on, one of them is to add new baking mixes to our line, so that people can cook easily and quickly when they don’t have time to make a complete recipe; and the frozen food line, which we currently ship to more than 30 states, but our goal is to reach the entire country and with a greater variety of products, we currently ship empanadas, pot pies, breads, pizzas, and some desserts. And who knows? maybe one day our dream of being in stores and supermarkets nationwide will come true.

You may follow @cristyskitchenga on Instagram and check out her website here

Special thanks to the publisher for providing two copies of this title in our promotion. Entry options include answering the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Do you have anyone in your circle that requires allergen free cooking?

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  • matag  on  May 16, 2023

    Yes, my 13 year old friend Emma was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis when she was nine months old. This is how she eats!

  • dataentrytard  on  May 16, 2023

    No, not in my circle.

  • sarahawker  on  May 17, 2023

    Yes, dairy and celiac.

  • demomcook  on  May 17, 2023

    Yes. Several. My husband has severe dairy allergies, and one daughter has severe avocado allergies. I am on a special diet for controlling a seizure disorder. It can be a challenge

  • rkosully  on  May 18, 2023

    I have several close friends with gluten intolerances.

  • Bessp  on  May 18, 2023

    It’s me. I require allergy free cooking.

  • Jlb88  on  May 18, 2023

    My son is allergic to diary. Would love to try some new recipes for him. Especially some of the bread recipes

  • JenjiD  on  May 18, 2023

    Yes, my mother is highly allergic to all brassicas.

  • Jennifer7  on  May 19, 2023

    my granddaughter is 2 and has allergies so we are very careful of what she eats.

  • elysedc  on  May 20, 2023

    absolutely – me! I am extremely, highly allergic to (most) tree nuts, but I’m also a vegetarian. I have to be so, so careful with all food I didn’t prepare myself. Every time I have another allergen exposure, my reaction gets worse, and it’s already at epi pen level. It’s scary and I hate it, but it could be so much worse – at least I can still eat peanut butter!

  • LaurenE  on  May 20, 2023

    My father has several food intolerances.

  • camtncook  on  May 20, 2023

    In our house, we are limiting gluten, sugar and dairy.

  • debbiehb  on  May 20, 2023

    No not amongst those i cook for

  • tarae1204  on  May 20, 2023

    One family member has non-celiac gluten intolerance. One family member has lactose intolerance. One family member had a passing allergy to raw peppers (including bell peppers), but can now tolerate them although spicy peppers don’t digest well. One child is very sensitive to artificial food coloring as well as many common medications. Other health issues point to undiscovered food sensitivities.

  • Laura1  on  May 21, 2023

    Yup. A couple of gluten free and vegan friends.

  • CatsintheKitchen  on  May 21, 2023

    After years as a baker and flour miller, I seem to be allergic to wheat and rye. It has been an adventure learning to bake all over again for myself.

  • EmilyR  on  May 21, 2023

    Alpha-Gal beef allergy – avoid those ticks!

  • cilantrolime  on  May 21, 2023

    Want to be vegan.

  • Ingridemery  on  May 21, 2023

    I’m gluten intolerant and vegetarian so I’m always on the lookout for new allergen free recipes especially as my dad is also dairy free so when I’m cooking for him it’s more of a challenge

  • Babycarrot  on  May 21, 2023

    Yes, I generally make accommodations in my household due to IBS.

  • sarahteertzah  on  May 22, 2023

    Yes, lactose intolerance

  • Shelley.b  on  May 23, 2023


  • sayeater  on  May 25, 2023

    Oh my gosh! I remember that HONY story and donating to it. Her cafe was adorable and I loved how she had taken matters into her own hands for her children. I had no idea they had created a frozen food line and were so successfully growing their family business! We don’t have any allergies involving food in our home, but I avoid dairy.

  • kalina813  on  May 26, 2023

    My closest friend

  • GreenhouseCheryl  on  May 27, 2023

    Fingers crossed, no food allergies for anyone I cook for.

  • clairew137  on  May 28, 2023

    Only Soya for me.

  • Siegal  on  May 31, 2023

    Luckily no allergies

  • ravensfan  on  May 31, 2023

    No one in my circle.

  • LeMinou  on  June 5, 2023


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  • JenThomas318  on  June 17, 2023

    I have a coworker who can’t eat gluten or dairy

  • mpdeb98  on  June 18, 2023

    I have a niece who is allergic to peanuts

  • banba1  on  June 22, 2023

    Too many to count! And they are never the same restrictions 😀

  • kmn4  on  June 27, 2023

    At present, no, but my daughter is a Type 1 diabetic, and there is evidence that those with T1D are also at greater risk of developing celiac disease and/or thyroid problems.

  • oduong930  on  June 28, 2023


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  • hunter_songy  on  June 29, 2023

    Yes, one of my coworkers is gluten free

  • Lora724  on  July 5, 2023

    I do not have anyone in my circle.

  • elsid22  on  July 14, 2023

    I do not have anyone in my circle that requires allergen-free foods. I am thankful for that.

  • cherimosley  on  July 14, 2023

    I don’t eat Dairy, Sugar for health reasons!

  • Pamyoungvb  on  July 14, 2023

    Yes, shellfish and dairy.

  • t.t  on  July 14, 2023

    I have nieces and nephews with severe nut allergies

  • gallucci  on  July 16, 2023

    Yes, I have Celiac disease, this looks great!

  • SusanLou  on  September 19, 2023

    I was diagnosed with celiac disease about 6 years ago – in my 60’s, after I had already amassed a wonderful repertoire of bread and other baked good recipes. I have been trying ever since to find great GF recipes that taste like they should. It’s is all still fresh in my mind/taste buds so I am often disappointed by the recipes out there. That said – I am always looking for a new source!

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