Welcome, I’m Stephanie, the recipe developer and creator of The Open Cookbook.
Growing up, food always played a central part in my life, whether it was enjoying a bowl of ice cream with my dad, devouring dumplings with my mom, or my grandmother making me a bowl of Chinese spicy beef noodle soup — communicating with me in the language of food. However, after developing autoimmunity and extensive food allergies/intolerances in adulthood, my relationship to food completely transformed and those simple moments of sharing food no longer look the same.
In 2018, I was diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), a chronic immune-mediated disease that can be triggered by food and environmental allergens. While I was no stranger to food intolerances, it felt surreal to suddenly react to nearly every food. I had always been open and curious about all types of food, and now my diet no longer reflected me.
Since food has always been a grounding force in my life, I am searching for new and meaningful ways to weave it through my every day. I am in the process of rediscovering food joy while having a limited palette of food choices. I strive to make cooking and eating uplifting again no matter the number of safe foods available. To learn more about my health and allergy story, please follow here.
The Open Cookbook is a platform for sharing both allergy-friendly recipes and raising awareness of the life-altering impact of food allergies and Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders (EGIDs). This blog is hopefully not only a resource for others to learn about the personal side of the allergy territory, but a challenge for me to openly share and be creative with food in spite of the restrictions.
I hope to connect with you and to continue learning and advocating for the allergy world.
All of The Open Cookbook recipes are allergy-friendly and follow the Six Food Elimination Diet (SFED) — follow here to learn more.