Peanut Allergy Answer Book

Posted on: Thu, 02/01/2001 - 6:12am
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Joined: 01/04/2001 - 09:00

pI am Michael Young's editor at Fair Winds Press, the new publisher of The Peanut Allergy Answer Book, and am delighted to hear of your interest! We will be releasing this book in May 2001 and you will shortly see it re-listed on amazon,, and /
It's truly a groundbreaking book and will be indispensable to anyone with peanut allergy. We are thrilled to have it on our list, and look forward to your comments./p

Posted on: Mon, 04/30/2001 - 8:47am
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Joined: 09/05/2000 - 09:00

Just wanted to bring this up again and remind people this book will be out in May!!!

Posted on: Tue, 05/15/2001 - 12:17am
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Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

The book's available now on

Posted on: Fri, 05/18/2001 - 11:12pm
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It also available through Barnes and Noble.

Posted on: Wed, 05/30/2001 - 3:14pm
CVB in CA's picture
Joined: 10/15/1999 - 09:00

I was able to order this off amazon this week. Hasn't arrived yet. I'll repost after I have read it.

Posted on: Thu, 05/31/2001 - 4:45am
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Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

I received my copy from Amazon yesterday and while I have not had time to read it cover to cover, there are some helpful facts. It seems to be a well written book covering all aspects of this allergy. I think it would be a good read for those who "don't get it". (If they will read it). I also think it is good for those new to the allergy who have not been able to do much research and those who do not have a peanut savvy allergist.

Posted on: Thu, 05/31/2001 - 9:38am
MattsMom's picture
Joined: 09/17/2000 - 09:00

LOL hbsmom. I too, ordered this book from Amazon and had it arrive yesterday. (talk about quinky-dink!) I haven't read it yet, either, but I have flipped through it a little. It looks like it's going to be pretty comprehensive. I'll post again once I've actuall READ it, to let everyone know what I think. Happy reading! =) hehe

Posted on: Sat, 06/02/2001 - 2:51am
CVB in CA's picture
Joined: 10/15/1999 - 09:00

I have read this book and it really consolidates a lot of information in one place. I would recommend it to newly diagnosed adult or PA parent.
I do not think it is as helpful about coping strategies and feelings and day to day managment as Cipriano-Collins book or some of the others. It does hit the high points.
This author is very much against peanut oil in any form and explains why. He does a good job explaining cross reactions, food manufacturing issues, lots and lots of information, etc.
I do dislike his method of interspersing fatal PA case studies at the chapter heads. It gets your attention and is very illustrative of what happens, but I find I react emotionally too much to concentrate on the information that follows in the chapter. I have to absorb the stories of the fatalities a little before I can move on.
Probably wouldn't bother people less close to the issue as much, like teachers, etc. This would be an excellent resource to educate a teacher or principal on the basic mechanics of this allergy. Put on their summer reading list?
Unfortunately, he does not take a hard enough line against peanut in schools, quotes that old "false sense of security" line but doesn't really dwell on it. I get the feeling he doesn't completely buy off on it. He does have quite a bit of FAAN material referenced and quoted.
He is pretty straight about the new reasearch on what type of child may grow out of PA and what won't. I do feel he minimizes the difficulty of keeping toddlers and preschoolers completely isolated from peanut for 3 to 5 years. I can just see myself being blamed sometime in the future by some semi informed person- "He would have grown out of it if you had done a better job not exposing him when he was a baby/child".
He publishes an airline table from FAAN on who serves peanuts, etc. I think this is a bad idea, as it is soooo subject to change.
I found the information really good and presentable and very accurate. Also, the book is short and packs a lot into a small package. I had to read a lot of posts here and other references to get all the information that is laid out in one place in this book.
It could use a more extensive list of organizations and other related books. In some ways this book feels like a starting or jumping off book. All the basics, but where do you go from here....aside from FAAN.
I do think it ought to be priced at about $5 or $6 dollars instead of $8 or $10.

Posted on: Mon, 06/04/2001 - 1:08pm
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Joined: 07/09/2000 - 09:00

I have purchased this book to give to next year's teacher. I believe it is the best source of information that is all together is one place.
I agree with everything in the book except for the section relating to reactions from the odor of peanuts. The author relates "there are several other anecdotal reports of allergic reactions to the smell of peanuts or peanut butter." I have a hard time finding the humor in these kind of reactions. (I double checked the definition of anecdotal.) There is also a statement from Anne from FAN that states that "she does not believe that the odor of peanut would cause a true allergic reaction although it could clearly cause a panic reaction." I don't understand this because there is documented proof that there are inhalation reactions. (airplanes, etc.) I would like anyone to tell me that my child's reactions to smell are a panic attack! It is documented by a very well known doctor that my child does react to smell. I feel that these kind of statements really hurt us parents that are trying to keep our children safe.
Other than that one section, I feel the book is good and worth buying.

Posted on: Tue, 07/03/2001 - 10:16am
Joined: 03/17/2001 - 09:00

I finished reading this book right after I read Lisa Cipriano Collins book. In my opinion there was alot of overlap with both books but Collins' was more sympathetic to the food allergic parents. I do feel the Peanut Allergy Answer book is an excellent source of information and it did teach me alot about details. As someone posted above, I did find the fact that the author danced around the banning issue and never really directly answered the issue. Maybe trying to be politically correct and not wanting to stir the pot. I did like that he does suggest that we do not use peanut oil. I have heard of at least 2 fatal reactions in my area from food that was cooked in peanut oil. I also liked how he emphasized to watch out for lupine. Quite informative without being filled with too much medical terminology. Written in an easily understood format.

Posted on: Thu, 07/05/2001 - 1:12am
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Joined: 07/30/1999 - 09:00

What is lupine?


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