If you haven’t yet heard of the book Go Dairy Free by Alisa Fleming, you’re missing out on a valuable resource for both delicious food and healthier living. But before you crack this unassuming novel open, you should know right off the bat that this is no average cookbook. Far more, in fact- From suggestions dairy-free food products you can count on in a bind, to skin and hair products that you might not have even thought to check on, to an in-depth view of nutrition and health, it’s an all-inclusive view of a milkless life style. Of course, there is a vast selection of delicious recipes that span from breakfast to dessert, many of which I’ve made with great success (and not just the ones I contributed, too!) Take for instance, the humble grilled “cheese”; by far the best I’ve had since going vegan, and without fussing with any of those expensive or waxy commercial vegan “cheeses.”
One of my favorite personal contributions was the pumpkin cheesecake, a luscious, creamy, and vibrantly spiced dessert that would put any pie to shame.
Alisa’s mint straciatella ice cream certainly didn’t last long, either. Such a bright, fresh mint flavor, punctuated by a satisfying sprinkle of crisp dark chocolate- Definitely a recipe that will be made many more times, especially as warmer weather draws nearer again.
And best of all, the tone is so inviting and friendly, you can’t help but want to read the book from cover to cover. This isn’t some faceless task master here telling you why your diet is wrong and unhealthy- This is Alisa. Alisa, who has suffered for years due to milk-related allergies; Alisa, who has researched tirelessly to find logical explanations and solutions; Alisa, who wants to spread the word and help others in similar situations. If for no other reason, I think that it’s worth a read just to gain a better understanding of the subject, and also know that you are not alone in such a battle.
Being such a generous person, Alisa has also granted me two extra copies of Go Dairy Free, which I would love to share with two lucky readers. To win one, just leave me a comment by midnight of February 22nd, and tell me what your favorite non-dairy milk is. There are so many options on the market now, and plenty of recipes for homemade versions (which you can also find in Go Dairy Free, too!), so I’d love to hear which type you’re most happy to have in your fridge.