The subject of nuts for a cookbook always evokes questions. How did you get interested in that? Why nuts and seeds? How did you chose them? And the most commonly asked one, what about nut allergies, and the people with them?
When we began our research for the book we addressed this question. We spoke to experts , scoured the literature for information. And our decision to not address allergies in any way came clear.
Nut allergies are serious and the lives of individuals with these allergies could be threatened by making any recipe in our book. There are no substitutions for nuts here. Sadly, those with nut allergies need to skip the book all together.
As nuts have ascended to culinary stardom they also have been demonized, sometimes with good reason. Since we have been on the road promoting the book countless people have told us that they would love to have us come and speak, the book is beautiful the say, but they work in a nut free facility. We understand the abundance of caution, respect the nut free facilities, and steer clear.
On this most recent trip to California I checked into my hotel and was greeted at the front desk with a warm chocolate chip cookie nestled in a paper bag. On the front was an emblem, not dissimilar to the bold no smoking signs we are so used to. It stated…”Warning: contains walnuts”. I was happy to find them in my cookie, and I’m relieved that an early warning system keeps those with allergies safe.