Podcast Episode 233: Cooking for a More Allergic World

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 233 of The New Family Podcast, where we explore how to prepare easy meals and snacks for people with allergies.

Cooking for a group, sending lunch to school, is a different business these days. Something like 40 per cent of children are affected by life-threatening food allergens, and as my guest for today’s episode has found, many people don’t grow out of them. However, Amanda Orlando hasn’t let her food allergens stop her from making food a treasured part of her life. She’s just released her second cookbook, Everyone’s Welcome: The Art of Living and Eating Allergen-Free.

While preparing lunch together at her condo in Toronto, Amanda and I chat about her experiences with anaphylactic reactions and how they’ve affected her. We also talk about Amanda’s quest to make it easier for people with serious food allergies have safe and delicious times around the table with family and friends.

Here are some resources related to this episode.

Everyone’s Welcome: The Art of Living and Eating Allergen Free

Everyday Allergen-Free website

Follow Amanda on Instagram

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What it means to Amanda make everyone welcome.

“For me it’s just about inclusivity. So many times as a kid I was excluded from things because people were afraid to have the allergy kid over. I feel like that’s very deeply ingrained in me, so no matter what the restriction I just want people to feel included. It just goes back to cooking simply, keeping clean and being very thoughtful about your approach to it.”

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