Practical Dining Guide Supports Sufferers of Food Allergies

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Kim Koeller and Robert La France's innovative allergy book series, "Let's Eat Out! Your Passport to Living Gluten and Allergy Free" is a manual for safely dining across the globe when special dietary restrictions are a concern.

An estimated 12 million Americans have food allergies. The most frequent of those allergies include common menu items and ingredients, like dairy products, egg, fish, peanuts and wheat. In addition, there are over 100 million Americans managing special diets. For this ever increasing group of individuals, eating out, or even cooking at home, requires high levels of prudence and knowledge about the meal before them. Recognizing this widespread need, Kim Koeller and Robert La France spent over three years researching and dining across the world for their first-of-its-kind book series, "Let's Eat Out! Your Passport to Living Gluten and Allergy Free" (ISBN 097-6484501, R & R Publishing.

The inspiration for the book came when Koeller was diagnosed with over a dozen food-related allergies and celiac disease (marked by a permanent intolerance to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye and barley). At the time, she was traveling extensively as an international business consultant and needed to figure out how to eat gluten and allergen-free around the corner from her home and around the world. La France has 13 years experience as a restaurant industry professional, including extensive knowledge of food preparation and international culinary practices. Together, they developed a "cuisine-specific approach" to dining out.

"Let's Eat Out! Your Passport to Living Gluten and Allergy Free" prepares readers to dine out by providing essential knowledge about common menu items and food preparation. It also includes preparation requests, snacks, airlines and beverage ideas. The book focuses on ten of the most common food allergens, including: corn, dairy, eggs, fish, gluten, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts and wheat. With this knowledge, readers will be able to intelligently question their wait staff to make sure their individual dietary needs are met.

"For me, having the information at my disposal and knowing what specific questions I need to ask on a menu item by menu item basis gives me a great deal of comfort, confidence and freedom," says Koeller. "Our ultimate goal is to raise awareness around the world to a level where gluten and allergen-free lifestyles are universally understood and supported."

"Let's Eat Out! Your Passport to Living Gluten and Allergy Free" is the foundation of Koeller and La France's book series, which also includes three cuisine-specific pocket guides and a multi-lingual food allergen phrase guide. The book was a finalist for Best Health Book in USABookNews.com's Best Book Awards and "Multi-Lingual Phrase Passport" won Best Language Guide in the same competition. "Let's Eat Out! Your Passport to Living Gluten and Allergy Free" was also recognized as a finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Health, Wellness & Nutrition Book and Best First Book Non-Fiction.

La France resides in New York, New York, and graduated Cum Laude from Arizona State University. His 13 years of restaurant experience ranges from small single restaurants to publicly traded companies with over 100 locations. Koeller resides in Chicago, Illinois, and earned a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird and a BA from Purdue University. Prior to founding AllergyFree Passport©, leveraging over 20 years of experience, she was a partner with Accenture, the world's leading business consulting and technology services organization. "Let's Eat Out! Your Passport to Living Gluten and Allergy Free" (ISBN 097-6484501, R & R Publishing) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit http://www.glutenfreepassport.com or http://www.allgeryfreepassport.com. Review copies available upon request. Publicity contact: http://www.readerviews.com.

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