May 8-14 is Food Allergy Awareness Week. This year's theme has to do with the "heroes" of the food allergy awareness movement--the school nurses, teachers, principals, parents, doctors, and friends who all practice safe food allergy management and help protect the health of the 12 million Americans, including 3 million kids, who suffer from food allergies.

Here at Agate, we'd like to call attention to cookbook authors like Annalise G. Roberts, Claudia Pillow, and Kelly Rudnicki, who have all helped make the lives of people with food allergies a little richer and a little more safe. Roberts, Pillow, and Rudnicki all understand the powerful role that good food and eating well can have on people's lives, and believe that having food allergies shouldn't mean sacrificing flavor. Their books feature great recipes that are delicious and easy-to-make, thus empowering families with options that are healthful and allergen-safe. We call that, if not heroic, than at least a real service to those with food allergies.