Lauren graduated from The California Culinary Academy and embarked on a culinary career which led her to being a Pastry Chef. Some of the places she worked include: La Folie Restaurant, Hyatt Resorts, Marriott Resorts, Fairmont Hotel, Bally’s Hotel and Casino, Wente Brother’s Winery, San Francisco Chronicle and Veggie Life Magazine. She also cooked for 4 US Presidents and 1 US Senator while she was with the Hyatt in Indian Wells.
She went onto teach culinary school in California after working on the East Coast and Switzerland. Then, she returned to college to earn a Psychology degree where she discovered and enhanced her deep desire to help people. She was converting recipes for herself and sharing them with her classmates….when they suggested she write a cookbook! And, this is how her cookbook, No Wheat No Dairy No Problem came to be-well, with lots more work and time!
She was diagnosed with food allergies in college and converted, created and tested recipes without wheat, dairy and refined sugar using familiar, healthy ingredients including: Coconut Milk, Almond Milk, Oat Flour, Grapeseed Oil, Olive Oils, vegan Earth Balance, Agave Nectar and Pure Maple Syrup, and offers alternatives for these ingredients such as Nut Milk, Hemp Milk, Rice Milk, non-hydrogenated shortening or coconut oil. She does NOT use xanthan gum or guar gum which is what sets her cookbook apart from all other gluten-free/wheat- free cookbooks.
Recipes include: Chili, Meatballs, Bourguignon, Stroganoff, Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Cream Sauce, Pot Pie, Fried Chicken, and many desserts including: Puddings, Ice Cream, Cakes, Cheesecake, Buttercream, Cookies, Cream Puffs and Chocolate Truffles! In addition, a few of my favorite recipes such as: Lemonade, Sautéed Rainbow Chard, Roasted Carrots and Parsnips, Hummus and Raspberry Sauce. Some delicious Vegan recipes included are: Breads, Mushroom Pot Pie, Vegetables, Beverages, Cakes, Cookies, Pies and more!
Her writing style aims to have clear directions and educational, beyond cooking, with glimpses into my personality and life. Inspired recipes from my family to famous chefs, helpful hints, ingredient information, resources and websites including her own blog site all contribute to a valuable resource for everyone with food allergies, sensitivities, limited diets and everyone else who is seeking something new!
Lauren has been featured on ABC News Live in Chicago and Sacramento cooking from my book. See videos under TV Appearances Tab.
All recipes on No Wheat No Dairy No Problem are Laurens own creations – and her intellectual property, all rights reserved and registered with the United States Copyright Office. Please do not publish her work without her consent.