The Intolerant Gourmet

***Nominated for a James Beard Award for Cookbook: Healthy Focus***

      At last—a cookbook of pleasure, not compromise, for those with food intolerances

It’s estimated that nearly 1 in 3 North Americans is lactose-intolerant and that 1 in 133 is glucose-intolerant, although many of these people remain undiagnosed. For those who do find out, the resulting dietary adjustments have traditionally been about restriction, denial, and deprivation. All these compromises drain the pleasure from eating.

Now, legendary food maven Barbara Kafka comes to the rescue with a complete soup-to-nuts cookbook full of great food that you can enjoy every day. Barbara’s own intolerances, dormant since childhood, returned five years ago, and—as someone who was already intolerant of bad food, ersatz ingredients, and poor cooking—she rose to the challenge of being gluten- and lactose-intolerant with this collection of 300 recipes. They get you to crispy without resorting to breading or flour coatings, offer silkiness and richness without dairy, and feature luxurious textures in sauces and soups without flour or butter.

Thanks to Barbara’s creativity, you can say good-bye to the blandest of diets and indulge in such delights as Chicken with Chervil Sauce, Roasted Salmon with Dill Sauce, Cannellini and Mushroom Soup, Corn Relish, and Asian Noodle Salad. The Intolerant Gourmet contains an enormous range of dishes that fit into many cherished culinary traditions (Asian, French, American, Italian, etc.). Each delicious recipe will satisfy anyone at the dinner table, whether intolerant or not.

The book also features tools such as a guide to gluten-free pastas and a comprehensive section on starches—their assets and detriments, the basic methods for preparing them, and the best ways of serving them. All is presented with insight and irrepressible wit (of her Simple Rib Roast, for instance, Barbara writes, “My roast is rare, but no Saxon pillage”). The result is an indispensable reference tool, ideal for lovers of good food in search of an all-inclusive approach to cooking.

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“Barbara Kafka distills a lifetime of cooking in The Intolerant Gourmet. . . . A sophisticated general cookbook.”
—New York Times Book Review

“Gluten- and lactose-free meals without a single compromise.”
—Everyday Food

“Kafka’s seventh book, The Intolerant Gourmet, makes her a pioneer again. . . .While many books in this [dairy- and gluten-free] genre take the substitution approach — ‘Here’s what I want to eat, how can I make it?’ — Kafka did the opposite: she set out to make delicious foods that just happen to live within new parameters.”
—Associated Press

 “Gorgeous dishes, worthy of a dinner party, without laboratory chemicals or apologies.”
—Buffalo News

“A cooking encyclopedia, rethought for people who need to avoid a number of foods. Just [Kafka’s] ratings of packaged gluten-free pasta in The Intolerant Gourmet: Glorious Food Without Gluten & Lactose will be worth the price of the book for many.”
—The Atlantic

“This book appeals to both the gluten- and dairy-intolerant and the rest of us.”
—Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

“Chock full of food that tastes good.”
—Newark Star-Ledger