COS COB, Conn. — Dina Cheney , a Cos Cob resident and author of five cookbooks, has just come out with her sixth, "The New Milks," a comprehensive resource about plant-based, vegan, or alternative milks.
The cookbook includes 113 recipes dairy-free and kosher recipes. Cheney said it was an important book for her to write because, like 65 percent of the population, she's lactose intolerant. Since discovering this a few years ago, she's cut virtually all dairy from her diet and has been preparing and purchasing plant-based milks.
"I truly fell in love with them — their health benefits, delicious taste, creamy texture, novelty, and variety," she said. "'The New Milks' is truly my baby, a book whose concept I came up with, and whose mission I am truly passionate about."
She explained that there are many reasons to choose plant-based milk or to go dairy-free. First of all, unsweetened plant-based milks are hormone-, lactose-, and cholesterol-free and lower in sugar than dairy milk. And, according to the National Institutes of Health, a bulk of the population is lactose-intolerant. And about two percent of people have a dairy allergy.
"So, a dairy-free lifestyle shouldn’t be considered niche," she said. "Plant-based milks are also ideal for kosher and paleo diets. Plus, they’re delicious, varied, novel, creamy, and versatile. Many would argue that plant-based milks are also more sustainable than dairy milk."
Cheney will also be signing her books at Green & Tonic stores which are carrying the books:
- Greenwich: Wednesday, May 11 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 85 Railroad Ave. (203-622-1479)
- Cos Cob : Wednesday, May 18 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 7 Strickland Rd. (203-869-1376)
- New Canaan: Wednesday, May 25 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 5 Burtis Ave. (203-920-1395)
For the next 12 Mondays the author is partnering up with brands to offer product/book giveaways. Readers can follow her on Instagram (@thenewmilks), Twitter (@DinaCheney), Facebook (dinacheney), or via the website to learn more. The first giveaway started Monday, May 9, and the entry period continues for a week.
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