According to an article in The St. Paul, Minn. Pioneer Press there are roughly 4 million Americans with true food allergies. For travelers with food allergies this is not only a hindrance that results in plates full of boring bland food but it can become a serious danger. If you or your kids are one of these 4 million Americans, or if you know of someone who has food allergies, you will want to check out, “Let’s Eat Out: Your Passport to Living Gluten – and Allergy – Free.”

Recognizing the contribution of local fare to the excitement and experience of traveling, “Let’s Eat Out” takes a global look at international food. The book has received several awards and the authors, Kim Koeller and Robert La France, have penned more than their fair share of books on the subjects food and travel. said, “Let’s Eat Out” will make you hungry and give you the power to protect yourself from food allergies at the same time. This series is an amazingly comprehensive guide that is sure to help thousands of people to feel more in control of their lives.”

In addition to the main book there are four small “passports” available that are meant to be carried along in your pocket when you go out to eat. These smaller guides are for quick reference. Three of them focus on certain cuisines, while a fourth offers a multi-lingual phrase guide (Translations from English to French, German, Italian and Spanish) that is dedicated to communicating special dietary needs.

For more, free, information on food allergies the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has a compilation of information about food allergens on its website, and the National Institutes of Health has an entry on the topic in its online medical encyclopedia.

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