Go Dairy Free – Review and Giveaway

Go Dairy Free Book Cover

***This giveaway is closed. I will be announcing the winner as soon as I get over this flu. Please scroll down to the bottom for the winner. Thank you all for your wonderful comments.***

Last week, I gave you my new Gluten-Free Girl Scout Thin Mint recipe. And, that recipe was inspired by a Dairy-Free Girl Scout Thin Mint recipe written by my friend, Alisa.

Well, I met Alisa at BlogHer Food this last year, and we hit it off right away. She is a really nice person and easy to talk to. But, I must confess, I knew nothing of her or her blogs before I met her in person. Most people I met at BlogHer Food, I knew ahead of time because we had talked with comments on our blogs, or on twitter. Or, I at least heard of them before I met them in person. But, Alisa? Nope.

You see, I was not a dairy-free person. And that is Alisa’s specialty. That is why she has had her website, Go Dairy Free, for so many years. I think she is on year number seven. That is a long time.

And her other site, Alisa Cooks, which used to be One Frugal Foodie, has lots of recipes. But, again, they are dairy-free. Not necessarily gluten-free.

So, why am I talking about her? Why should I care? Why should you care?

Well, here is why you should care. It seems that a lot of people who go gluten-free realize that milk protein also causes a problem for them. Perhaps your doctor tells you to eliminate dairy while your gut is healing, so it can actually heal. Or, maybe you find after you’ve been gluten-free for a while that dairy causes you some consternation. (Actually causes your gut consternation, which in turn, causes you consternation, if you know what I mean.) And, you actually notice the issues you are having with dairy, since the gluten issues aren’t in the forefront as much.

Have you guessed yet that I am talking about myself?

Yep. That’s me. I thought I was all hunky dory after eliminating gluten, but nooooooooooooooo.

Don’t get me wrong. I was a million times better. I mean, sleeping was wonderful. I hadn’t slept more than 2-3 hours a night in the 2 years before I went gluten free. I have slept like a baby since. (OK, not really a baby, since they don’t sleep more than a few hours at a time either.)

More like slept like a rock. (Do rocks sleep?) I was the equivalent of a rock when I slept. There! That’s it.

Anyway, dairy-free. (Stay on topic, Tia!)

After I met Alisa, I decided to get her book and give it a read. Coincidentally, the Big Man was reading The Inflammation Syndrome at the same time. It talks about all of these foods we eat that cause inflammation in our systems. Inflammation leads to disease, etc. Anyway, it got us both thinking about eliminating dairy. We started realizing we had consternation. (I like that word.) And, eliminating dairy seemed to really help relieve said consternation.

So, here’s the deal. I loved Alisa’s book so much that I am giving it away. I mean that I am giving away a copy of her book. Not MY copy. Just A copy. I want MY copy. My copy stays here, at my house. Or at least where ever I take my iPad.

But I am giving a copy away to one of you lovely people.

You see, the thing is, Alisa has been having the opposite, yet same issue that I have been having. She has to be dairy-free because she is allergic to dairy. But, she is finding that she just feels better if she doesn’t eat gluten. So, a lot of the recipes in her book are gluten-free, or can be easily adapted to be gluten-free. The same thing with her blogs. That was how I got the idea to make the thin mint cookies. She gave her thoughts on how to make them gluten-free, so I just ran with it. (Or baked-with-it is more like it.) And, her latest post about Fluffy Cinnamon – Almond Dream Pancakes is gluten-free. (I bet you want pancakes right now, don’t you?)

Anyway, if you have been thinking about trying to eliminate dairy from your diet, or already have eliminated it, this is a great book. Alisa gives so much information in the beginning pages. Stuff I never realized.

There are 28 chapters, and I don’t feel like writing that all out, but here are the section titles:

Understanding Dairy and Dairy-Free from a Health Perspective

Eating Away from Home

Grocery Shopping & Preparing Your Kitchen

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Dairy Substitutes

Time to Eat! – Recipes & Recommendations

Recommended Resources

There is some really great information. And, if you check the book out on Amazon, it has 59 reviews with an average of almost 5 stars. Like 4.9-something. Not many books have that good of a rating.

Oh, and in the back, she has a section for a Recipe/Food Allergy Index. Every recipe is marked whether it is gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, soy-free, etc. Fabulous!

Dairy-Free Scalloped Potatoes
Dairy-Free Scalloped Potatoes

There are a bunch of recipes I want to try from this book, but I have already tried her Scalloped Potatoes (pg 189). Yummo! The Big Man loved these. Nice and creamy without dairy. Who knew?!

So, here’s the deal. It’s easy. I am giving away a copy of this fantastic book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, to one you beautiful readers. Just leave a comment below telling me which one of Alisa’s recipes on her site, Go Dairy Free or Alisa Cooks, that you would like to try for yourself.

Of course, there are the usual ways to get extra entries.

~Post about this giveaway on your blog and/or share it on Facebook. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.

~Tweet about this giveaway using @GlugleGFree and @GoDairyFree. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.

~Subscribe to Glugle Gluten-Free via reader or email (upper right-hand corner of page). Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.

~“Like” Glugle Gluten-Free on Facebook. Leave a comment here saying that you did.

~“Follow” me on Twitter. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.

~“Friend” me on Facebook. Leave a separate comment here saying that you did.

~“Like” Go Dairy Free on Facebook. Leave a comment here saying that you did.

~“Follow” Go Dairy Free on Twitter. Leave a comment here saying that you did.

If you already follow or like, go ahead and leave a comment saying that you already do. That counts.

Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!

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PPS – The giveaway for the Go Dairy Free book ends March 14th, at 10pm, PST has ended. The winner is Ariana Anderson. Congratulations! I will email Ariana the winner, and you she will have 48 hours to get back to me. After which, if I have not heard back from her you, another winner will be drawn.


PPPS – Disclaimer: I bought the review and giveaway copy of this book.

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122 Responses to “Go Dairy Free – Review and Giveaway”

  1. I would like to try making the cinnamon almond dream pancakes.

  2. I’d like to try the thin mints (gluten free). My oldest has been dairy allergic since birth, and I’ve basically cut out everything for arthritis, always looking fir food inspiration.

  3. Not entering the giveaway, but wanted to tell you that I loved this post so much!!! “Consternation,” oh yeah, and another “c” word might be in there like constipation … oh, and another one like congestion. Yep, I’m talking about myself here, too. Going dairy free is something I keep trying to do and failing at, but I’m starting anew today! Get back up on the horse, right? Love Alisa and love you, Tia! Thanks so much for the great review of Go Dairy Free.

    xoxo,
    Shirley

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Yep. Get back on that horse. My hardest time is when the Little Man is munching away on a slice of cheddar. I really want to snatch it out of his hand. But I resist. ;)

      I kind of wish I had figured this out when the Big Man and I were in the dating phase, you know. ;) But ti saves a lot of other embarrassment, now. :P

      xo – Tia

  4. Karen Kraus

    I can totally relate to your story, I found out I was Celiac and Lactose Intolerant on the same day. Big adjustments had to be made but after 2 years I still did not feel as good as I thought I should. So I went to a Naturapath and found out that I should not be having any Dairy period not just Lactose Free and also no Soy and Almonds.. that leaves me with Rice Milk.
    This has been a huge challenge but Im getting there and I do feel better. if I don’t win this copy I think Im going to buy it.. wow it looks great and thanks for doing your own review for your readers to see. Woo Hoo.
    Breakfast is challenging for me as Eggs were also on the list of no goes.. so this Granola looks fabulous.
    “Quick Quinoa Granola ” Im definately going to try making my own Granola.
    Thanks for a great blog

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      I love making my own granola. I really like know what exactly is in it.

      Yikes! Sorry about the eggs, too. I really hope I can keep eating eggs. I do so like them.

  5. Linda Marcy

    LOL sorry to say I am all of the above & then some. Casien, Gluten, Soy, Eggs(whites & youks), Mold (foods & household) with a few veg & fruits dropped in for good measure.

  6. Michelle Veasey

    I have been fearing going dairy free for a while after going Gluten free a few months ago and still not feeling great. Am a bit scared but have been spured on by your post! Please send it to me I never win anything! Michelle UK

    BTW I have liked on Facebook xx

  7. Lisa McGowan Hayes

    I would love to try the Beet and Coconut Soup, and I probably will this week. Sounds great!

  8. I love the way you ramble and get off topic … I am soooo the same way. Oh gosh, if we connected for coffee (you know, if we lived in the same town!) I think it would be a marathon event!

    Thanks for the awesome review Tia and I’m glad you are liking Go Dairy Free! I really need to try your thin mint recipe too :)

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Of course. It was an easy review to write. The book is packed with great info. And I really like how you cite your sources. So many books like this don’t, and it’s hard to trust them. So far, so good with the dairy-free. But ti sure is hard to eat out without gluten or dairy. But enchiladas do taste good without cheese. Who knew?

  9. Totally not entering (I have to laugh, because my giveaway for Alisa is going up tomorrow – we are so on the same giveaway wavelength), but just stopping by to tell you what a perfect post this is!! And, per the usual, you give me the case of the giggles!! xoxo
    k

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Always glad to make you giggle. Giggling is good.

  10. Hi,
    I already follow your blog, and ‘like’ you on face book. But have now “liked” Go Dairy Free on facebook. I’ve been gluten free since Oct 2008 and been doing ok. There are some days that I have some ‘consternation’ lately, so think I should try the dairy free way!! My sister found out she has do be gluten free, dairy free, no eggs, oranges, mangos and some other things!! Hopefully I won’t get to that.

    Regards,
    Terri in Australia.

  11. Ok, I’d hate to win another book from you, but I’m discovering the same dairy issues as you, and just discussed going dairy-free with the bf yesterday.

    I’ve put Alisa’s Peanut-Sauced Salad Dressing on next week’s list, as I’ve been looking to replace the San-J peanut sauce I buy every-other week!

  12. I love Alisa! My husband has celiac and I can’t have dairy. Alisa’s book is incredible and full of great information! I wanted to make the cookies gluten free for my husband, but now I need to make your version.

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Hi Ariana,

      Congratulations! You won the copy of Go Dairy Free. As soon as my email service lets me contact you, I will be sending you an email to get your snail mail address. I am sure you will love Alisa’s book.

      - Tia

  13. Alison R.

    I just “liked” Glugle Gluten Free on Facebook. I’m always looking for great gluten-free bloggers, and I look forward to searching through all your tidbits of information!

  14. I’m new here and would looove to win that book :) I’m new to vegan cooking and could use some tips!

  15. My friend just found out that her kids are both lactose and gluten intollerant, so if I won, I’d give the book to her, but I found the chocolate waffle recipe over at Go Dairy Free and I think I’m going to have them all over for breakfast! It looks yummy.

  16. Angela C

    I can’t wait to try the Enchilada Bake!!! I am a newbie to being lactose free, only 2 months!!! So I am new to all of this. I need recipes, information, etc…thanks for the useful giveaway!!!

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Thanks! The Big Man couldn’t stop raving about them. Did you make them, or were you not able to be prone for long enough?

  17. Jennifer

    The maple cinnamon muffins sound really good right now. I’d love to try those!

  18. Sharon

    I’d like to try the fluffy pancakes and the scalloped potatoes. They both round great!

  19. I am going to try Alisa’s True Blue Smoothie recipe tomorrow. We LOVE smoothies around here for sure. . . great way to hide kale and cod liver oil.

  20. Tia, I too tried GF for about 6-7 wks before I realized I needed to be DF also. Thanks for your posts. :)

  21. Tia, I sent the friend request to you on FB….Kathryn Davis Guidish

  22. I follow @Go Dairy Free on twitter and if I could ask a favor, please everyone follow me on twitter
    http://twitter.com/#!/katedish I need more followers before I can follow more GF DF tweeters :) Thanks

  23. I would like to try the dairy-free scalloped potatoes…they look delicious. :) Oh, and I’m following your blog, have liked you on facebook too. :) thanks so much!

  24. I’ll certainly be sharing this on FB. I am needing to transition to a 100% DF lifestyle on top of GF.

  25. I want to try the Nutty guacamole enchiladas! I love mexican food and have struggled with knowing how to make them DF and tasty. So excited for the chance to win this book!

  26. Hi! I want ot try many of her receipes but especailly teh fish fingers becaus emy daughter loved fish stick prior to going to a glueten free and dairy free diet. My ABi has autism and that is why I have made the decision tomake our family gf. SHe is dairy free where my husband and my youngest still drinks reg. milk. However, when i cook I use soy and make things dairy free. I am gla dto have found a receipe for “fish”sticks that i can mKE GF will be good to eat. I am very glad youhave shared taht website with us and i will be usign it as much as i use yours. Thanks again for sharing and you have helped me become a better cook and baker.

  27. I would try the Pasta with Pesto Cream (Vegan)

  28. Alicia Makjavich

    I am gonna try those Fluffy Cinnamon-Almond Dream Pancakes, because yes I do want pancakes now! But I also want to try the Vegan Peanut Butter Blondies, yummy I can’t wait. Thanks for such a great giveaway, your blog is wonderful. :)

  29. Alicia Makjavich

    I posted the give away on my FB page!

  30. Kerri McCray

    I can’t wait to make the Brownie Bottom Cheesecake! Thanks!

  31. Hot polenta cereal with dried fruit sounds very interesting

  32. “Like” Glugle Gluten-Free on Facebook.

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  35. I want to try Nutty Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Rice (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free)
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  36. Ed Nemmers

    Dairy-Free Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies would be my recipe of choice!

  37. I LOVE you on facebook! And now am going to look for “Go Dairy Free” too! Im a new Celiac, and have 3 kids that are as well, and 4 others that are GF now too cuz our entire house went that way. We also just found out that one of my daughters and myself are DF too! This book looks AMAZING!!!! I LOVE your posts too! Your personality is GREAT!!!! Keep it up!!! :)

  38. Becky Hawkins

    I’m following Glugle Gluten-Free via RSS. You had me at Gluten Free Thin Mints recipe.

  39. Heather

    So far, I only know of the scalloped potatoe recipe and the thin mint one…I’d like to try the thin mint one the most! I’m a chocoholic, what can I say?! lol!! This book looks great, as I’m just starting to go dairy free myself and this would come in very handy! Thanks for the contest!

  40. Heather

    I also ‘liked’ Go Dairy Free on my fb page. ;)

  41. Heather

    I also ‘friended/liked’ Glugle GF on my fb page as well. ;)

  42. Jaclyn Reynolds

    I’d love to try the recipe for Fluffy Cinnamon-Almond Dream Pancakes.

  43. heather c

    The Coconut Banana French Toast sounds so good!

  44. Mildred

    We would probably try the Dairy-Free Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies, too. They sound delicious

  45. I might try the Slow Cooker Sweet & Tangy Chicken (Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free) recipe

  46. susan smoaks

    i would love to try the Apple Strudel (Vegan) recipe!

  47. susan smoaks

    sent you a friend request on facebook tony l smoaks

  48. Lauren S.

    I like this on Facebook. Your blog is great!!! I have been gluten and dairy free for a few years now.