The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook, Updated and Revised: The Ultimate Guide to the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet

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"Pam and Dana know what works for kidsa?|This book is a fantastic resource for the diets that make a difference. Follow their advice!!" --Jenny McCarthy, author of Louder Than Words and Mother Warriors

The best “kid-friendly” recipes and guide to the gluten-free, milk-free diet for ADHD and autism just got better. In addition to updates on new research and findings, readers will find recommendations from the authors for packing school lunches and snacks, plus 100 brand new recipes!

One of the challenges that parents face is coping with children who have picky appetites and crave the very foods that affect their behavior, focus, and development. The other challenge is finding ways to get their children to eat healthy foods and improve their nutritional status. The uniqueness of this book is that it not only provides gluten-free milk-free substitutes and recipes, it provides successful suggestions for feeding the picky eater. The authors share details about just how and why the diet works. The specialty ingredients are explained and extensive sources provided. There are also testimonials from the parents and from the children themselves.

Customer Reviews:

  • Perfect for beginners and beyond!
    This book is just wonderful. I'm a beginner with this diet, and love the book. Even my friend who has been doing this diet for years found new neat stuff in this book.
    Not much else to say, every one else above about said it all. = )Just wanted to add my 2 cents....more info
  • Outstanding Cook Book
    This book is better than fantastic! I never believed that I would ever get my children to eat healthy foods and actually like it! The recipes are simple and very user friendly! ...more info
    We have been on a GFCF diet for six months. I am always looking for new recipes. I wish this was the first cookbook I had purchased because I would have saved myself a lot of money and wasted ingredients by not having to purchase the other not-so-good cookbooks. This cookbook has a wonderful variety of recipes and lots of helpful hints and tips. You will not regret this purchase!...more info
  • Satisfied Customer
    I was very impressed with all the extra information this book had. I was just epecting a cookbook, but to my surprise it had so much helpful info. in it. A must buy for anyone interested in doing the GFCF diet for their loved one. I would definitely recommend....more info
  • Great for All Ages and Diets
    As a culinary educator I recommend this book highly to parents who not only have children with ADHD but also for those with food allergies. I use it as a resource since it addresses all the ingredients which are usually problems for children - soy, dairy, wheat, etc. and gives great alternatives and easy recipes to satisfy all palates. Those with allergies and intolerances will surely benefit from all the tasty recipes and information in this book. As a mom, I enjoy many of the recipes with my own kids (and they don't even have allergies or ADHD!)...more info
  • Great book to start with
    My son has ADHD and after a nightmare of a year on medication we vowed never to go down that road again. I started researching alternative and natural remedies to cure ADHD. I found a doctor who specialized in ADHD and autism. This doctor ordered food allergy tests for my son. Low and behold, my son is allergic to about 15 different foods including wheat, dairy, soy, milk, eggs, nuts and others.

    Distraught and overwhelmed, this is the first book (of many - most of which I returned) that I ordered.

    It has been a real eye-opener. I can't even go into all of the topics the book covers.

    I have made three or four of the recipes so far and they've all been great. Last night I made Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread and WOW, it is really good! Some recipes I have to substitute ingredients because of the severity of my sons allergies (as I did in the Pumpkin Bread), but I did so without affecting the end result.

    It's scary and intimidating to suddenly change your life style - especially in the kitchen. I was never much of a cook before and now I cook 3-4 meals a day from scratch! This book is a great resource for those who are timid about trying this new approach to cooking.

    BTW - I've already noticed improvement in my son's behavior. We've been on this ADHD diet for about six weeks. It's worth it!...more info
  • Awesome - full of information
    This book has given more information than I expected. It is full of allergies information and their substitutions. It is also full of any time of recipe you could think of without the gluten and casein. We eat a lot of ketchup, milk, mayo, muffins etc. This is what I needed new recipes for. I can talk my son out of the fast food, which we are already avoiding, but to talk him into giving up the gravies, sauces and breads is more difficult. This book is great....more info
  • The only cookbook you'll need
    I've been trying to make my way through various GFCF diet cookbooks for years and have been unable to. This book lays out every reason why you cook the way you cook for people with food allergies ( because you may have to tell them why ) and lays it out simply! Has all the basic foods everybody else eats so your GFCF eater won't feel left out!...more info
  • Excellent resource for all things GF/CF!!!
    At first I was a little disappointed that only about half of the book is actual recipes and the other half is information, but the resoure material and the invaluable explanation of the diet has been extremely helpful! I have shared this book with everyone I know who has a child with an autism spectrum disorder and we all have LOVED it! A great find! The recipes aren't phenomenal, but my son will eat most of them. ...more info
  • The Kid Friendly ADHD Cookbook is Kid Friendly
    I bought the cookbook because I have a child with ADHD and other issues. The chicken nuggets are quite tasty. I've also tried the frutie smoothie. It addresses issues of the five sense with food, which is terrific because if you have a child with these issues, there are many suggestions on how to get around them. I am trying the diet for my son and we'll see how it goes. There is a fair amount of recipes, but I think that the recipe section could have been more expansive and less "information" in the front of the book. There is at least 50 pages of why you should do this diet which I'm not sure was necessary. This is why I gave four stars instead of 5. The recipes I have tried are good....more info
  • This has been our savior!
    I love this book! My 2-year-old son does not have ADHD or Autism but he does have the same food sensitivities. It has been hard trying to come up with new recipes when everything we used to cook contained cheese or some sort of dairy. Not only do we have more recipes, I also have a better understanding of what food sensitivities are. Our PA has been great in explaining all of this, but I definitely have a better understanding of it all after reading this. And I have more questions for our PA. I had tried Food Allergy Cookbook [Hardcover]By: Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne (Author). Not a good book for Children or anyone with multiple food sensitivities. ...more info
  • Easy to Understand, good starting place
    I found this book to be a good place to start for learning about the Gluten Free, Casein Free Diet. It explains very well about the diet and why it helps. I would have liked it better if it had a list of popular brand name gluten free and/or casein free items that kids like. I guess I was looking for a shopping list. It does have some items and offers suggestions on substitutions for daily use items. I think I was looking for something like how a calorie guide is written for Gluten free and/or casein free foods. I guess it is a little overwhelming to try to start a new diet especially with a child with sensory issues to begin with. I decided to try to incorporate some gluten free items into his diet first and try to add the casein free later. The book is well written and a good place to start your research into the Gluten free/casein free diet. ...more info
  • Almost Perfect!
    This book seems to cover it all. As a nutritionist however, I don't agree with some of the ingredients of the recipes. Well written, easy to understand and follow. Good job girls!...more info
  • Fast Delivery - Great Book - Easy Recipes
    Rec'd the book fast .... was just as described. Have not had a change to read it - but in browsing through it see alot of very easy recipes that kids will enjoy if they need to be on this diet....more info
  • Excellent resource for parents new to GFCF/Autism/ADHD
    Dana and Pamela have done a remarkable job of thoroughly explaining the Gluten Free Casein Free diet for parents as well as professionals. Not only does this book explain the GFCF diet but, it also gives detail to ADHD and Autism and how your child may benefit from this particular diet. I have bought a few copies for myself as well as friends, family and doctors that we work with. I am personally looking forward to a second book as the first is truly inspiring, easy to read and an asset to my book collection. Thank you Dana and Pamela....more info
  • good resource but many typos.
    I purchased this book because I was looking for a cookbook where it is easy to spot not only GFCF recipes, but also egg free recipes as my son has an egg allergy in addition to being on the GFCF diet. I was very excited to see that at the top of each recipe is states which allergens were present in each recipe. Much to my dismay, many of the recipes which state they are egg free are in fact not egg free when you scroll down and read the ingredients. These mistakes defeat the whole reason I purchased the book. The recipes I tried that are truly egg free were good....more info
  • Highly recommend
    I enjoyed this book both for the informational perspective in the first half and the recipes in the second. I have a VERY picky son and I think there are some interesting(and surprisingly easy) recipes I'll definitely try. Also inspired me to come up with a few new recipes of my own. ...more info
  • adults autism
    Hi, im Carolina from Argentina, i just whant to know if someone tried this diet in grown ups, I have a 28 autistic sister and we tried everything, but still fighting... just now im reading about this diet and wondering if this is just for kids.... please , if someone knows anything.... let me know!!! thanksss...more info
  • The Perfect Book for eating information
    This book is great, it has more than just great recipes, it teaches you about the reasons the food is bad or good for autistic people. It taught me alot about different alternitives to the bad foods we are putting in our children. It has al the foods my picky little girl will only eat, and now she can safely eat them. ...more info
  • Great primer, too.
    I bought this for the recipes and was impressed with the first 80 or so pages about gluten and other foods and their associated problems. I found out why my son's ears always seemed to turn red! It's easy reading and with every page I said, "Oh, that's me or my son and now it makes sense."

    I'm thinking about buying a 2nd copy to give my neighbor so she will see the light.

    The recipe section was just okay. I love to cook so I'm just adapting my current recipes....more info
  • Super simple recipes
    I love this book. I have had it for almost a year now and have learned a great deal. I am buying one for a good friend now who's son was just diagnosed with autism.

    The recipes are very basic and simple, good if you are a busy mom and good if your kids are picky eaters. My boys luckily eat a variety of foods but we have loved the recipes from this book! I have a few other books that deal with gluten-free and casien-free recipes which I also use often.

    This is a great resource! A must have book!...more info
  • great item. Lots of help
    Great item. Lots of help for anyone allergic to gluten. Will be a huge help in our house....more info
  • Very helpful with lots of info.
    This book not only provides great easy recipies but also has some great info as well. I would definately recomend!!!...more info
  • Great reference book
    Got it after few GF/CF recipe books and its a good purchase. Excellent reference book for substitutes. Wished it had pictures of the recipes....more info
  • Have a Care with Unproven Theories
    The book espouses the opiate-peptide hypothesis, which is just a hypothesis, not a fact. Evidently some studies refute this notion, which is presented as fact in the book. I also found it frustrating that the book mentions the use of enzymes to mimic the diet, but does not elaborate or provide a resource for further exploration in this area. It could also use a section that details what to look for on a food label. That said, there seems to be a lot of anecdotal support for the benefits of a GFCF diet, and I'm a parent of an Aspie kid who's ready to try anything. The book has a lot of great suggestions for helping the picky eater, and the chicken nugget recipe is to die for (and I say this as a grown-up)....more info
  • Good education on the science, sometimes confusing, recipes pretty good
    This was my first GFCF cookbook, so I really valued that the first chapters focused on the significance of the special diets, the biology and chemistry behind them, testimonials, and even saying the diets didn't work for everyone. On the downside, sometimes the charts provided were a little confusing and I found some conflicting info. On one chart it said to avoid lactose (pg 35), in another section it said lactose is ok in a casein free diet (pg 44). Maybe I missed something. There is a good variety of recipes. It's not just a kid's cookbook. They include everything from making your own pizza crust to asparagus vichyssoise. There are really good dessert recipes too. You may have to go to a specialty store to get some of the ingredients like xanthan gum and ghee. (they didn't have those at my local store anyway) All in all, I think besides looking up the occassional recipe online, this is the only cookbook I'll need....more info
  • The BEST of the kid friendly GFCF cookbooks!
    I have bought 5 different GF/CF books in the last two months for my child who is on the "spectrum". It is not easy to switch to a new diet especially when you have a fussy/picky eater. This book has proven to be the best book that I've bought. The recipes are simple, good, and so far successful! The nutritional information on each recipe is definitely a lot of help including the allergy legend. I do have the Special Diets for Special Kids book (both I & II). They are helpful too; but this book is just presented better (IMHO). We have enjoyed these recipes more too. Also, the book provides numerous ways to sneak in those veggies and fruits which many picky eaters don't want to touch! This is a must buy if you have a difficult toddler who is a picky eater and on a GFCF diet!...more info
    This book is one of my favorite cook books! We feel so much better and my daughter's behavior is changing. The info in this book is very helpful in understanding our eating habits and it's effects on our bodies. I have read a lot of GFCF books, I like all of them, but this is my very favorite. ...more info
  • Great information, recipes are ok
    Having made several recipes out of here I can say that about 70% of them turn out decent or good. We've mainly made the baked goods since I think cooking meat and vegetables without gluten or dairy is easy (for me). Also since my daughter does not eat much of those yet, my main interest from the recipes was things like pancakes, breads etc. The best recipe in the baked goods is the carrot cake. The major downside to a lot of the sweeter treats like cookies and cakes though is how much sugar is in them and high calories per serving. For example, that carrot cake runs about 800 cals/serving!

    The best part of this book was the explanation of the effects of food sensitivities and intolerances (not necessarily allergies) on a child. My daughter has mild autism and I had heard about the gluten free casein free diet and been skeptical until I read this book. It was the first good explanation of what happens in the body and brain biologically and why the kids get into a vicious cycle with moods etc. I recognized the symptoms in my child and thought to give it a try. We went through a 6 week "withdrawal" period but after that it was like she came out of a fog. The diet is by no means some miracle cure - she still has bad days, but she has a LOT more good ones now. ...more info


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