When Tammie Duggar's husband told her he was allergic to wheat, dairy, soy, eggs and tomatoes, she sat on the floor and cried, panicked that she could no longer make the food she knew how to make.
However, as she began to experiment, Duggar found a new world of food her husband could eat -- and which was healthier for her family.
She became a sponge for information on diet and nutrition, and now teaches healthy-cooking workshops and has a cookbook full of original recipes for those with (or without) food sensitivities.
"I thought we are going to starve to death," said Duggar of her response to her husband's news. "I had no idea what I was going to feed my family. I had a really good friend that opened my eyes to all the variety of food available to us. She took me under her wing and taught me how to cook different types of nutritious food. ... My credentials are that I'm a stay-at-home mom who has cooked and cooked to figure out what my family likes."
When friends began asking Duggar for her recipes and encouraged her to write a cookbook, the Bountiful woman decided to do just that.
Since she makes everything, including sauces and salad dressings from scratch, she called the book "Scratch." It's a concept some people are afraid of.
"Some people never open it because the word 'scratch' scares them, but once you try it, you find out it's not scary, it's simple. There may be one ingredient in each recipe you haven't heard of. You can find the food at the regular grocery store," she said.
The self-published book, which she sells for $30 on her website, www. nourishingfamilies.blogspot.com, includes ways to tailor the recipes for gluten sensitivities. Duggar said 90 percent of the recipes are either gluten-free or can be tailored to be gluten-free.