Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis, Ph.D. – A Book Review

One commonality throughout most GFCF cookbooks is the lack of completeness. Though they may be full of recipes (good or bad) they will still leave lingering holes in your understanding / consideration of the GFCF diet and many other diets. Research. Alternatives. Why groups of people need specific diets, and the presentation of help in understanding that is the largest realm untouched requiring you to get a few more books and search the internet. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have one book that served as your research and understanding resource as well as your must have kitchen ‘accessory’?

special diets special kidsWhen I prepared to get into Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis, Ph.D., I was not overly eager. My thought…another recipe book, the same recipes and usual dry, inept descriptors of the science and research behind why you do what you do when it comes to your family’s new eating habits. However, I was immediately proved wrong.

In Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis, Ph.D. two volumes of previous books were combined and expanded to make this complete resource. Not only does Ms. Lewis talks about how she has approached the GFCF diet for her son with autism, but continues by reviewing necessary medical diets such as Elimination Diets, Specific Carbohydrate Diets, and even diets for epilepsy. Thorough explanations a layman can understand followed accompanied by resources, how and what to feed your child, allergy testing and more. Ms. Lewis finishes by adding over 200 new and revised recipes that are perfectly organized in a way I’ve never seen…even including ethnic and holiday foods, along with snacks and mealtime options.

Even more, Special Diets for Special Kids includes a FREE CD of printable recipes. For those of us who are sloppy in our recipe-following and don’t want to ruin a book, the printable recipes saves our investment. Plus, I’m not short to notice how a book is put together. I’ve found great use from the built-in bookmarks (a.k.a. folded flaps), using them to save my place as I’m absorbing the information Lisa Lewis has so carefully laid out.

For a complete GFCF kitchen cookbook and home resource, Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis, Ph.D is for you.

About The Author:

Lisa Lewis earned her Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from New York University, where she studied genetic variation in two species of African monkeys. Her son’s autism diagnosis and his successful adoption of the gluten-free, casein-free diet led to her award-winning Special Diets for Special Kids series.

In 1999, Lisa and co-founder Karyn Seroussi started ANDI, the Autism Network for Dietary Intervention. ANDI provides information and support to parents around the world; their years of research on the topic led to the publication of The Encyclopedia of Dietary Intervention. Lisa continues to write and to speak on the subject of dietary intervention for autism and related disorders.

You can purchase Special Diets for Special Kids from Future Horizons for 15% OFF when you check out with the code “SPECIAL“.

I have received a complimentary copy of this book to give an unbiased review. No other compensation has been offered or received. All opinions are my own. *See this site’s Disclosure Statement here.

Gina St. Aubin
Gina St. Aubin is a former Victim’s Advocate who now advocates for those with intellectual and physical challenges. Her eldest son is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Electrical Status Epilepticus during Sleep / Landau-Kleffner Syndrome (a rare epileptic disorder causing verbal aphasia) and Developmental Delays. In June, 2012, her son also underwent a successful hemispherectomy. Gina is the editor, author and owner of Special Happens, serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the SPD Foundation, and resides in Colorado where she is a mother of 3, wife, blogger, writer and special needs advocate. You can reach Gina through various Special Happens connections on Facebook and Twitter, or email her directly.
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