FODMAP restriction has been found to improve symptom control in people with irritable bowel syndrome and other functional gastrointestinal disorders. FODMAPs are specific carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine, which include many kinds of sugars. The term FODMAP stands for “Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides And Polyols.” So, those of us (or who have family members) with digestive problems, it’s hard to know what to eat easily and healthily. The Low-FODMAP Solution offers 130 recipes — delicious and healthy examples of what people with digestive disorders can eat and enjoy every day — and their families, too, since the recipes are great. Many are family favorites in our household now — like the citrus pesto spaghetti or ratatouille with tofu. Really good, and easy to prepare. It’s a friendly and helpful support for any household to not only live with digestive difficulties but to live well with them, regardless.

When I was young, I loved to bake, and would often bake up a batch of some cookie or another at night, and my parent’s large family would snack on them in the evening and then we’d bring a few with us the next day for lunch. Now, my own daughters love to bake, too, but are family is smaller, and we generally eat quite a bit more healthily than my parents did. So, often, we find their cookies and treats going to waste a few days later. Also, they’d gotten a little tired of the same old recipes we’d been making for the past few years. My girls are trying out lots of smaller, more economical, and honestly, more delicious recipes that we have fun making, savoring… and that’s that. There are traditional recipes, like hermit cookies or banana bread, and newer recipes (at least for us) like lemon poppyseed bread and free-form berry tarts. We are all really enjoying the many recipes, which are all straightforward and easy to make — and just as fun to enjoy, minus any waste.

This offers a friendly recipe collection of recipes that are delicious, nutritious, and quick and easy to make. Some — but by no means all — include aquafaba which is a kind of vegan gelatin made from “bean water” — drained off water from neutral tasting and lightly colored beans — which can be whipped up into meringues and more. It’s seems kind of different, but is actually simple to use and make all sorts of recipes with. The shepherd’s pie is a traditional family favorite remade in a vegan and healthy style that is as welcome as it is delicious. My favorite recipe is the sushi salad, which is great, and my kids love the chickpea curry, too. If you are vegan, or have a would-be vegan in your household, this is simply a must-have cookbook.