Reviews & Purchasers
The Allergy Catering Manual was
published in February 2005. By the end of 2005 we were already well
into our second printing and had also published and sold our first
edition of the Allergy
Aware Schools Catering Manual. Below are extracts from
a couple of reviews of the manuals, some
the names of just a few of the restaurants, hotels, catering
companies and other institutions who
have bought the books.
The British Antarctic Survey
Caprice Holdings Ltd
Champneys & Shrublands Health Farms
The Four Seasons Hotel, Hyde Park
The House of Commons
The Lanesborough Hotel
The Manoir aux Quatre Saisons
The Millenium Stadium, Cardiff
The Ritz Hotel
The Royal Opera House
The Royal Society of Arts
The Sage Arts Centre in Gateshead
Sulom Voe Oil Terminal.................
This is what people say about
Paul Gayler - The Lanesborough Hotel:
'At last Michelle has provided the answer for dealing with
the ever growing demands of food allergics. Written for the professional
caterer, it is simple and concise and gives peace of mind. Just what
Anthony Worrall Thompson:
With the number of people suffering from food allergies these days it is essential that restaurants get their act together and learn to feed them safely and enjoyably. Michelle has put together a much needed book - essential for every kitchen'.
Hazel Gowland of Allergy Action:
'At last, some really practical guidance to help caterers
meet the needs of the growing numbers of people with food allergies and
intolerances - a valuable tool for anybody serving food to others'
Sara Jayne-Stanes, Director of the Culinary Academy:
'With the huge growth in food allergy and intolerance -
and the sad lack of education on the subject in catering colleges - this
will be a really useful book for all of our members. Well laid out, clear
and simple to follow, but with a wealth of information. I particularly
like the 'Do' and 'Don't' section which can be stuck up on a wall for
easy reference - and the wonderful cartoons!'
Extracts from reviews:
Caterer & Hotelkeeper: (extracts from a lengthy
article about food allergy and intolerance)
....The difficulties for caterers (in dealing with food allergies and intolerances)
is exacerbated by the lack of training undertaken by chefs as basic courses at
catering colleges generally don't cover the subject. However Professor David
Foskett says that his students at Thames Valley Univeristy will be using The
Catering Manual as a reference book from the next academic year........Berriedale-Johnson
hopes that the manual will become an esseantial feature of every kitchen where
food is being served to the public......
The Allergy Catering Manual is the caterer's bible when
providing food for allergic customers. Written by Michelle Berridale-Johnson,
it aims to hold the apron strings of any kitchen, provided step by step
information for catering for food intolerant customers......... University
caterers have been targeted this autumn and out of 300 universities sent
details, 60-70 of them ordered the manual by return......
The Anaphylaxis Campaign newsletter:
Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, author and journlaist,
has written a 70 page manual aimed at helping the catering industry
to get to grips with food allergies and intolerances.... Her book
provides vital basic inforamtion for caterers of all sizes and degrees
in an easily accessible and practical format.....
The British Food Journal:
Written primarily for caterers this is an excellent and simple
to understand book. It should be on the booklist of anyone involved
in catering, new product development or food retailing........ the
book concludes with a useful list of suppliers and useful contacts.
This book certainly deserves to be one of the survival guides for the
The Environmental Health Journal:
Readers would be well advised to purchase a copy of Michelle Berridale-Johnson's
highly informative Allergy Catering Manual which touches on the overlooked
subject of food allergies............. This easy-to-read manual offers
a handy reference guide, not only to caterers who want to get ahead
of the game but also to EHPs who care to learn more about food allergies
in order to inform themselves for their enforcement work. ...... In
the light of well publicised food allergy trajedies this handy new
publication is an invaluable tool.
The Allergy Aware Schools Catering Manual was published in September 2005 and by the end of the year we had sold over 700 books to nearly 400 schools, local authorities and catering companies.
This is what people have said about the Allergy Aware Schools Catering Manual:
Education Business: (accompanying a two page article on handling food allergy in schools)
A recently published allergy manual is designed to help caterers cope with the growing tide of allergic or intolerant children. It is comprehensive but easy to follow. For more information check out www.schoolscateringmanual.com
...an original allergy advice handbook which includes 30 specially designed recipes for school lunches, each one nutritionally balanced and coded for allergy. The book also includes details of what constitutes a food allergy together with symptoms, alternative ingredients and where to buy them, danger foods and a list of useful contacts and suppliers.