While 4% of the population suffers from diagnosed lactose intolerance, it is estimated that a staggering 50 million Americans suffer from some degree of dairy intolerance/allergy. Moreover, recent research has linked milk protein (casein) to cancer and autoimmune illnesses and found evidence that our bodies quit making the enzymes necessary to digest milk as we age--thus setting up those who consume a dairy-rich diet for IBS, allergies and other autoimmune and digestive difficulties. Dairy has become the "new gluten"--something that people are realizing needs to be minimized in our diet whether they have a formally diagnosed allergy or not. The Dairy-Free Kitchen contains 100 delicious recipes for the foods you love without the dairy. It also provides you with a wealth of information on weeding out hidden dairy in everyday foods and getting adequate levels of calcium and minerals from a dairy-free diet. Going dairy-free isn't as complicated as you think. You can do it! The Dairy-Free Kitchen will help.
ASHLEY ADAMS is the dairy-free cooking expert for About.com. She has worked in many aspects of the dairy-free food industry, from catering, to recipe development for restaurants, to teaching classes on vegan/vegetarianism and dairy-free cooking. Ashley has been dairy-free for over a decade and knows first-hand the struggles that come with food restrictions and how to overcome these and still eat nutritiously and deliciously. She currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband and son where she works professionally as a writer. http://dairyfreecooking.about.com