The Kitchen Chemist: How I Became a Food Scientist So My Kids Could Thrive with Anaphylactic Allergies

For the past several months, I’ve been involved in an excellent collaboration with author Frances Castelli, whose compelling real-life story will offer hope and information to concerned parents. If you’re navigating the complexities of broad-spectrum anaphlyactic food allergies in your children, this book is for you. Featuring input from family and friends, including husband Ralph and children Anthony, Hope, and Natale, The Kitchen Chemist will offer practical guidance, based on the author’s personal experience, on how to accommodate your children’s allergies and help them develop into thriving, productive, and happy adults — even if they never outgrow them.

The second half of The Kitchen Chemist will be devoted to 30 mouth-watering, yet allergy-safe recipes created by the author herself. Having had the pleasure of getting to know Frances as we bring the book to fruition, she is one of the strongest, most inspiring people I have ever met. Thanks to her unrelenting pursuit of knowledge, her commitment to her kids’ well-being, and her ability to alter and create savory recipes, all three — now young adults — are fully equipped to take care of themselves and handle every situation with ease and wisdom.

It’s been a joy to discover the Castelli family’s story and interview everyone involved, especially Ralph, Anthony, Hope, and Natale, who bring their own unique perspectives to The Kitchen Chemist.

From the book description:

It is said that children don’t come with an instruction manual. Imagine standing by helplessly as your baby gasps for air and clutches her throat on the floor, unable to communicate, or breaks out in hives when a relative gives him a hug and a kiss at a holiday gathering. While most parents juggle school and work schedules, quality family time, and extracurricular activities, feeding their children is rarely a matter of life or death.

For Frances Castelli, such traumatic events were common; the adage took on an entirely new meaning when she discovered all three of her children had multiple anaphylactic food allergies.

In the Castelli household, even food we consider “healthy” could be fatal.

What would you do?

In The Kitchen Chemist, author Frances Castelli recounts her unanticipated journey into the world of broad spectrum anaphylactic allergies with humor, grace, and honesty. From consultations with endless medical specialists to in-depth research into the composition and interaction of food, you’ll discover how this devoted mother transformed from distraught parent to confident kitchen chemist. She debunks the myths, offers practical advice for parents and kids, and shares 30 safe, delicious, and easy-to-prepare recipes (yes, even desserts!). Now grown-ups with lives of their own, her children, Anthony, Hope, and Nat prove that life with food allergies can be full and enjoyable, even if they never go away. They are passionately living their dreams and want others to know they can too.

Stay tuned for updates on the 2018 release. Follow @KitchnChemistBK on Twitter and like The Kitchen Chemist Facebook Page.

Thank you, Frances, for entrusting your incredible story to me.

 

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In Sam’s Shoes: A Novel by Brooke Horton, Now on Amazon

I’m excited to announce that this contemporary romance is now available on Amazon.com:

Small-town Plain Jane Samantha Townsend thought she’d achieved it all by her early 20s. Madly in love and married to a handsome Air Force bad boy with a thriving career and a gorgeous new home, her idyllic life couldn’t possibly get any better – until an unforeseen event rips her entire world apart. Summoning newfound strength and resilience, she embarks upon a personal odyssey in which love comes with complications, appearances often hide reality, and tragic events forge unlikely alliances. Fortified by faith and an unrelenting passion for truth, can she find the courage to stand up to a powerful North Carolina family? Or will her dangerous quest for answers lead to another devastating outcome?

As the ghostwriter, I spent hours interviewing my client to understand the facts of her real story, then figuring out the best way to distill them into a fictional book. In a true collaboration, we made decisions together about characters, character names, plot, location, and outcome. Transforming someone’s life into a fictional story can be tricky, and in this case, we even eliminated a few real-life players for dramatic purposes.

In the end, it’s a compelling tale of Samantha Townsend, a responsible, small-town girl who loves deeply and learns how to navigate through life’s unexpected twists and turns, relying on newfound faith and inner resilience. It was a fun project to work on and I look forward to seeing plenty of book reviews on Amazon.

For those who prefer Kindle, it will be available in that format in a few weeks. Click here to purchase it in paperback.

Congrats and much success to Brooke Horton!

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My Interview with Jennie Lynn, Author of Magnetic Love and Co-founder of Matrix Success Network

I’m grateful for all the exceptional people who came into my life in 2017 (and for those who have been in my life longer). Jennie Lynn, author of Magnetic Love and co-founder of Matrix Success Network, is at the top of that list.

I originally interviewed her on Writestream Radio about her bestselling book back in July. See my book review here and preview it on Amazon here.

Last month, I did a video interview with Jennie in which she shared her personal story.  As a student of spiritual principles and Bob Proctor, Jennie transformed her life. Now, she coaches others to do the same.

During today’s interview, Jennie gave me an opportunity to share my story and discuss the many ways in which writing a book is good business. Click below to watch.

Thank you, Jennie!

Are you ready to get started on your book? Contact me to set up a creative consultation to discuss your project.

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