It is DAY 13 of Gluten Free Baking With KitchenAid and I am celebrating the 7-QT KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway with my fellow gluten free bloggers at the first annual Nourished Gluten Free Food Bloggers Conference in Chicago. I am SO excited to connect with my friends in the gluten free community, and meet new people and learn from them! The wonderful Amy Green has put this wonderful event together, and has invited many of the fabulous ladies I will be featuring this month to speak at the conference. No self-respecting gluten free event would be complete without including Cybele Pascal amongst the presenters, so I thought it only fitting that I feature her today! If you are not familar with Cybele Pascal, The Allergy-Friendly Cook, GET acqauinted, or you are just letting the best in the allergy-friendly cooking world pass you by!
Cybele Pascal is basically a rockstar in the gluten-free world, and has been leading the charge in innovative allergy-friendly cuisine for over ten years. She is the author of two bestselling cookbooks, The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook (my all-time favourite allergy-friendly cookbook) and The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook. You can also find Cybele's phenomenal allergy-free recipes on her blog, Cybele Pascal - The Allergy-Friendly Cook; as well as Food Allergy Recipe Challenge on Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Daily. Cybele has made appearances on all of the major network TV shows such as The Martha Stewart Show, the Food Network, the Today show, Good Morning America Health, and NPR. Cybele also lectures and teaches all over the country, makes cooking videos to inspire people with food allergies, and is an "Ambassador Who Cares" for FAAN (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network), working to make sure nobody with food allergies is ever deprived of their favorite foods!
I honestly can't rave enough about this woman and her wealth of knowedge about food allergies and allergy-free cooking. Not only is she a gold-mine of information, but she is kind, generous, and compassionate. What I LOVE about her recipes is that they come with detailed instructions and "fool-proofing," and she answers every question on her blog! TRY TRY TRY her fabulous recipes and see for yourself that they really come as close to the "real non allergic thing" as humanly possible! Cybele draws from her personal experience as the mother of a food allergic family, and specializes in creating incredible gluten-free recipes that are free of all top allergens -- dairy, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish and sesame. I would say, she is a master of creating incredible recipes whether you have a food allergy or not! I have made almost every single recipe in The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook, and each one is a WINNER! Now my sister is making her way through my very well-loved, chocolate-stained, dog-eared copy of this national culinary "food allergy" treasure to provide treats for my niece, Alexandra, who suffers from multiple food allergies.
These gluten free, nut free, soy free, corn free, vegan pita breads are a shining example of her ability to create something that rivals its wheat-inspired counterpart! These are SO good! They are light and fluffy and hit the spot for me when I stuffed them with avocado, raw vegan hummus, cucumbers, sweet peppers, sprouts and spinach leaves. YUMMO! Scott was drooling! It was the first pita pocket he had enjoyed since going gluten free! Needless to say, we were in Piggy Heaven!
Cybele, your books have been a LIFESAVER for me and my family. Thank you so much for all that you do to enrich the knowledge and tasty recipes in the food allergic world. I am so grateful to have you contribute to this event. You are an inspiration to me! Thank you. You ROCK!!
Cybele is currently working on her third cookbook with Ten Speed/Random House, which will be released in November 2012. I am COUNTING THE MINUTES!
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