10+ Favorite Books About Food Allergy

10 favorite food allergy books

I share my list of my 10+ Favorite Books About Food Allergies to help you to be as informed as much as possible about food allergies. You can borrow these books from a public library or buy them so you can engage with them as you wish.

It’s even more important to rely on trusted and respected resources for information. Our health, our lives, and our families depend on understanding food allergies. This list of food allergy related books are some of my favorites and might be helpful for those who want to learn more about food allergies.

Disclaimer: I do not share medical advice, please consult with your medical care team if you have any questions. This post contains affiliate links, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Update (November 19, 2023): I updated the post and added some new books so there’s more than 10 books now.

Learn about Food Allergies from Allergists and Other Experts

I learned almost everything I know about food allergies from reading books from the library. Back in 2006 when my younger son was first diagnosed, there wasn’t much information online and I knew nothing. I looked for authoritative books written by respected allergists. My children and I read food allergy picture books together to help them to understand some basic concepts in age-appropriate ways.

It’s so important to have the best information available because our lives depend on evidence based information. All of the following food allergy books are written by well-respected allergists or food allergy researchers.

Favorite Books About Food Allergy

I hope that reading these books will help you to better understand food allergies and related conditions. Read at least one so you can talk with your doctor and understand the nuances necessary to manage food allergies. Please remember that your doctor knows you or your loved one best, so it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions and ask questions if you have any questions.

Books About Food Allergies & Treatments

  • The End of Food Allergy: The First Program To Prevent and Reverse a 21st Century Epidemic by Dr. Kari Nadeau and Sloan Barnett (affiliate link). I received a copy from the publisher to review and highly recommend Dr. Nadeua’s book. Dr. Nadeau is my son’s much loved food allergy trial doctor at Stanford and she has written a comprehensive book about food allergies and food allergy immunotherapy. It’s a must read book to better understand what is food allergies and written by one of the most reknown allergists in the world. 
    • 2023 paperback version: The End of Food Allergy: The Science-Based Plan That Turns Food into Medicine I received a promo copy from the publisher, Avery Books, and enjoyed reading the book again. I still highly recommend it for the overview of how to manage food allergies, food allergy treatments, how the climate can affect food allergies, as well as many ideas on how to be more involved.
  • Food Without Fear: Identify, Prevent, and Treat Food Allergies, Intolerances, and Sensitivities by Dr. Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH. (disclosure, I work for Dr. Gupta, all opinions are mine). I have been reading food allergy books for 15+ years and I have learned a lot reading this book. It’s densely packed with information but reads like you’re having an in-depth conversation with Dr. Gupta. There are “Fearless Facts” at the end of each of the 10 chapters to highlight the main points from the chapter, super helpful.

Books About Food Allergy Lifestyle & Management

  • Food Allergies for Dummies by Dr. Robert Woods is easy to read and contains all the information you will need. Life with food allergies is complex and you might find it helpful to re-read or flip through this book from time to time to deepen your understanding. Dr. Woods also a peanut allergy and understands food allergy from a patient perspective as well.

Children’s Food Allergy Books

Allie the Allergic Elephant and The Peanut Free Cafe were my favorites when my kids were little, and I’m sure they will be yours too. Can I Have Some Cake Too? and Everyday Cool with Food Allergies were published more recently and what I needed 10+ years ago.

  • The Peanut Free Cafe by Gloria Koster – Is perfect for kids about to enter school and how the peanut free table became a fun table to sit with friends. I think that the book sets a positive tone about food allergies and good one for teachers to read with students.

A Book For Parents of Children With Food Allergies

  • Feeding Eden: The Trials and Triumphs of a Food Allergy Family by Susan Weissman. (Susan became one of my friends, opinions are mine). The first time I read Susan’s book I didn’t know her but it was as if she knew me and our family’s challenges of nailing down a diagnosis and finding solutions. It took me awhile to resume reading it again, but over time I laughed, cried, and celebrated with Susan. This book is a good one to read if you want to feel like you are not the only food allergy parent that struggles or if you want to understand the heart and mind of a food allergy parent who is desperate to keep their child healthy and safe.

Related reading: Sharon’s Favorite Asian Cookbooks & Authors

What are your favorite food allergy books? Please tell me in the comments.

10 favorite food allergy books

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Welcome to Nut Free Wok, a blog about Allergy Aware Asian Fare. I hope that you will find my food allergy mom experiences helpful and enjoyable to read as I write about recipes, cooking techniques, Asian ingredients, and food allergy related awareness and advocacy issues. My professional experiences include education, teaching, and a little bit of science and computers. Thank you for visiting! ~Sharon Wong, M.Ed.


    • Thank you, Caroline! I appreciate your kind and helpful feedback and warm welcome. 🙂 Whooo-hoo, go Food Allergy Blogger Community!

    • Hi Tanya, I *love* lotus root, it’s so sweet and crispy when stir fried and I seem to remember playing with my food as a child because of all the holes and spider web like strands with every bite. However, I don’t have great access to fresh lotus root where I live, that I don’t buy it (note to self: buy some next time I go to San Francisco’s Chinatown). 🙂

  1. Mighty Jax and the Cookie Surprise!!!
    Its actually a series and it comes with a doll and epinephrine pouch!

  2. I’m hosting a giveaway of Dr. Nadeau’s paperback edition of The End of Food Allergies.

    To be considered: please visit my post about my favorite FA books, scroll to the bottom and under “Leave a Reply” let me know you would like to be considered and what you hope to learn from it along with your email address. (Comments are moderated, so they won’t appear right away.)
    I will select a name randomly on Thursday 9/14 at 5 pm PT.

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