For me, this journey started 16 years ago, with two chronically asthmatic
children: one who was mostly holding her own, and one who was not only
not thriving, but was in the throes of a desperate back-slide.
After trying all that conventional western medicine had to offer – including one
doctor’s firm declaration that my son would not survive to see his second
birthday – with no positive result, I decided it was time to shift gears.
In searching for another way to help my children attain good health, I happened
upon Dr. Mary Morris of Allergy Associates
of LaCrosse. She discovered each of my children's allergies and started them on
sublingual antigens. She saw to it that we invested in hope, and endowed my
entire family with that most curative of gifts: compassion.
In addition to antigen therapy, we were counseled to practice avoidance of most
allergens. The list was extensive, and 16 years ago there was little
information – and fewer resources – available for people with multiple food
Armed with stubbornness, a lifelong passion for cooking, and one very expensive
bag of rice flour, I set about trying to feed my family using a severely limited
list of ingredients. At that time, we were avoiding all of the grains except
rice and corn, dairy, eggs, potatoes, maple, cane sugar, and food coloring.
Since my daughter was dealing with Candida at that time, we were also avoiding
things like fruit and yeast. And then there were the environmental and airborne
I expected to fail. I expected my children to die, and that it would be
entirely my fault. And I did fail many times. There were buns as edible as
hockey pucks, cookies we could have used for shims, and more than one cake that
I tried to pass off as bars. But my children didn’t die. Their health started
to improve, and I learned so much more than a new way of cooking.
Over the years, awareness of food allergy issues has increased. More products
are available, and there are support groups out there that didn’t exist five
years ago, much less sixteen. There is no need for anyone starting down this
path today to do so with the same sense of loneliness and desperation that I
In writing “The Allergic Birthday Cake”, I decided to focus on the avoidance of
gluten, dairy, and eggs for a few reasons: first, sensitivity to these foods is
increasingly common in today’s population. Second, they are each challenging on
their own, but combined the challenge of avoiding all three can be daunting at
best. Third, I wanted to reach a fairly broad audience and, fourth, books that
address all three are rare indeed.
Of course I would like you to buy my book. It has been a labor of love (and
sweat, and more than a few tears), and I know that it can help you. My goal,
however, is not to make a fortune, but to put useful information in the hands of
those who need it.
So whether or not you buy the book, I hope you’ll send me a letter or an email
if you need help with your new diet. I am not a health care professional, and
cannot – and will not attempt to – answer questions of a medical nature. I
strongly encourage you to seek out a knowledgeable and compassionate
professional to help you with those questions. But I can really cook, and I
have many years of experience in feeding allergic children, and in keeping an
So stay hopeful, and I’ll hope to hear from you soon.
This book contains over 100 original recipes
which are free of gluten, dairy and eggs. More than just a bake book, The
Allergic Birthday Cake includes recipes for main dishes, appetizers and much
more. Many recipes are also appropriate for vegan and low-fat diets. If you’ve
been craving cake, appetizers, pizza, breads, soups, entrees, cookies, or
muffins, the recipes in this book are sure to satisfy.
Inside you will find a foreword by
Dr. Mary Morris of Allergy Associates of La Crosse. For more
information about Dr. Mary and Allergy Associates of La Crosse, please visit
Clear preparation instructions are
accompanied by helpful hints and useful information about ingredients and
equipment. Spiral bound to lie flat, this 8 ½ x11 inch book has a sturdy,
wipe-clean, soft cover.