Monday, October 22, 2018

You Can Be MORE Dairy Free

Is it possible? Is this an actual thing that someone can do- be MORE dairy free? Yes. Absolutely. And you can do it with more pizazz than you thought, with more tantalizing foods than you thought and even more education than you thought. How did this begin? Let's take a tiny step back to 2016 when I reviewed the first Go Dairy Free book written by Alisa Fleming. I adored this book, truly! I never lie, I never extend the truth because their is no need to do so. Life is short, you should love your foods (even with food allergies) so why tell people about crappy products and information. I don't. Her book made me identify with the passion to help on so many levels. With so much information, I knew that she was trying to jam pack so much into one book so that whoever was reading it would know that living a dairy free life is not a negative thing. It's just a new thing. And that life as a dairy free person should mean that it's time to take a look at your foods because your body is telling you to do so.

Flash forward to now, 2018 when I have the second edition of Go Dairy Free in my hands. The same amazing information but MORE. Because being dairy free and having food allergies has changed and improved so much over the past few years, why not share more? This may be a silly, non existent thing to some but I love the new cover. I am admittedly visual so the fresh new look with an undertone of muted teal looks inviting but  empowering at the same time. No, a book cover does not mean every book is what you need but it's a darn good start when you have just been diagnosed and need some reassurance that your foods will not break you.

So, I have both editions... what do I think? Let's get right to down to it.

Size Does Matter It's true. Knowledge is power and having 467 pages versus 288 pages means you automatically have 179 more pages of what you need to direct yourself to where you need to begin. When anyone is newly diagnosed with any type of food allergy, they need MORE. Sadly, physicians are limited on what they can give their patients to start out with. Alisa's book is not just a cookbook but it's also "the ultimate guide". Go Dairy Free is like a dairy free manual that everyone should receive with their diagnosis. And when people are diagnosed, yes they can Google information until their ears bleed but they don't want too. They want someone to just hand them one thing and say "This is all that you need to begin." 

Same Chapters, Updated Lingo I noted that the original chapters are still included but Alisa updated them with some new wording. Was that necessary? I believe so. Times change, people change and our attention span gets smaller and harder to captivate so yes, I feel the slightly revised chapter descriptions were just enough for the new edition. I mean, if you already had the first book and you got the second book, you would be looking for a reason to have the second book in hand, yes? This includes new words so readers understand that the original ideas are intact but improved.

MORE Recipes! What I did notice was the expanded recipe section. As I mentioned above, more information means more knowledge and more power. I am willing to bet that with the selection of ideas all captured here, the person picking up this book will be smiling. Not only are there recipes, but there are detailed charts of items that are also labeled with the page number and if they are also Vegan, egg free, gluten free, nut free, peanut free and soy free. In essence, this newest edition of Go Dairy Free is a surprise within a surprise. It's not just dairy free- it's more. There are even recipes that tell you how to make your own dairy free milk (and if you don't want too, there are plenty of suggestions on what you can purchase right off the shelf). 

And, My Continued Personal Pet Peeve STILL, no pictures!!! If you follow Go Dairy Free you know that the pages share brilliant, amazing, delicious looking dairy free photos every single day. So why are they not in the book? Or, perhaps even one photo per chapter? So much pride was taken in this book, so why not flaunt your photography skills as well? And, again, most people are visual creatures so why not entice them when they are flipping through your book? Alisa, you work hard and the people want to see what the recipes look like before they make them. Come one....

Please take a moment to check out all of the Go Dairy Free pages (yes, it's more than just a book!). You can visit on the web, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and LinkedIn. Thank you Alisa for sending me an updated copy of your book Go Dairy Free and for being super patient (I know, you sent it off to me weeks ago but I didn't forget about you!). Don't forget, with the holidays coming, this book would make a wonderful holiday gift as well! 

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