Everyone has a favorite book they remember reading when they were growing up, mine was Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. Now that I don't eat gluten, the thought of pasta and meatballs raining down on me seems terrifying, but as a child I loved the visions of food falling from the sky, especially the desserts (I admit I have a sweet tooth). Loving someone with food allergies makes you think about everything differently. If I had a child who had celiac disease or couldn't eat gluten, and I was reading them Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, they may also find pasta falling from the sky terrifying, given the fact that the food they have an allergy or intolerance to could cause them serious damage.
A few months ago I discovered Nutley the Nut-Free Squirrel and fell in love with the sweet tale of a squirrel allergic to nuts who doesn't let his nut allergy get him down. The book was written by Stephanie Sorkin, who is also the mother of three daughters with food allergies, and 100% of profits from book sales will be donated to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education). Amazing!
I spoke with Stephanie about what inspired her to write the book, her favorite allergy-free spots/products, and more. Read more here.