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

The creative process endures multiple changes on the way to the final product. Such was the case with my wonderful client, Frances Castelli, whose final book title is The Kitchen Alchemist: How I Became My Own Food Scientist So My Kids Could Thrive with Anaphylactic Food Allergies. Together, we decided that this most accurately reflects the content and spirit of her book, which will include 30 mouth-watering, allergy-free recipes. We’re in the process of deciding on the 30 that will make the cut, along with writing and editing the first half of the book, set for release in August.

In the meantime, Frances shares enticing photos of her exceptional culinary creations and valuable information on food allergies on her social media sites. Follow her on Twitter @KitchenAlchemBK and like her Facebook Page, The Kitchen Alchemist to stay informed and entertained.

I’ll post updates here as we get closer to the release date.

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The Kitchen Chemist Author Frances Castelli on Your Book Your Brand Your Business

Do you have kids dealing with anaphylactic allergies?

Tune in on Monday, March 12 at 5 PM Eastern when I interview The Kitchen Chemist author Frances Castelli on Your Book Your Brand Your Business. Frances will share her journey from concerned mom to knowledgeable food scientist in the aftermath of discovering each of her three children had broad spectrum, life-threatening food allergies.

A native of Australia, her forthcoming book tells her personal story and includes 30 mouth-watering, allergy-free recipes designed to offer information, hope, and inspiration to parents and children that you can thrive with food allergies — even if you never outgrow them.

With contributions from her husband Ralph Castelli; children Anthony, Hope, and Natale; and others closely involved with their family, The Kitchen Chemist: How I Became a Food Scientist So My Kids Could Thrive with Anphylactic Food Allergies is a comprehensive reference, cookbook, and ally for every family affected by broad spectrum food allergies:

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.

During the live show, Frances will share her experiences and take questions from the chat room. To listen, go to www.w4cy.com and click on the LISTEN LIVE button on the home page. The episode will be archived on iHeart Radio sometime after the live broadcast. I’ll post the link when it’s available.

Follow @KitchnChemistBK on Twitter and like The Kitchen Chemist Facebook Page.

UPDATE: Missed our live interview? Click to listen.

Listen to “The Kitchen Chemist Talks Food Allergies” on Spreaker.

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Us Is Invisible: A Year of Thoughts on Marriage, Parenting, and Life from a Two-Time Loser and Big-Time Winner

I’m excited to announce that Us Is Invisible: A Year of Thoughts on Marriage, Parenting and Life from a Two-Time Loser and Big-Time Winner by Reid Lundy will be released in paperback this month. As Reid’s consultant on the project, I had the pleasure of editing this fun, inspiring, and touching book, which often evoked tears and laughter as I pored through 365 days of the author’s wisdom gleaned from life experience.

From the book description:

Reid Lundy entered his twenties sitting high on a wall of hopes and dreams for the future; full of self, ego, and pride. Before the end of his third decade of life, he had fallen off that wall and shattered into bits and pieces. Before his thirtieth birthday, he’d been married and divorced twice. As custodial father to a three-year-old son, he worked a job that was going nowhere, struggled and sometimes failed to keep the bills paid and the lights on, and resigned himself to the fact that he was just not any good at being married.

Us Is Invisible was not written by a marriage expert. The author is not a degreed or trained therapist, nor a child psychologist – just a guy who made massive mistakes and paid a price for his immaturity, selfishness, and sometimes outright stupidity.

This book guides you through a year of thoughts on marriage, parenting, and life lessons learned from the mistakes and failures of a two-time loser, and the celebrations of the joys and victories of a big-time winner.

Follow Reid on Twitter @ReidLundyTN, connect with him on Facebook and visit his website, www.reidlundy.comI’ll post a link and an announcement when the book is available for purchase on Amazon and everywhere books are sold online.

Thank you, Reid, for sharing your life’s lessons learned for the spiritual and personal growth of others. I’m looking forward to future collaborations.

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