The Allergy Friendly Family Cookbook

Woman and child busy preparing vegetables

We are pleased to share that Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI), in conjunction with HarperCollins and taste.com.au, is developing a cookbook comprising allergy-friendly recipes for the whole family.

We're calling on our social media community to submit allergy-friendly recipes, cooking and baking tips, 'quotable' stories, and photos from families.

The cookbook will also include the latest MCRI allergy research breakthroughs, advice on best practices to manage common food-related allergies and practical tips and shopping hints to avoid or manage allergens for kids and families from MCRI's child allergy experts.

With nothing quite like this currently available on the market, we believe this will be a valuable resource for many families at mealtimes and when preparing dishes and lunchboxes.

The chapters will be broken into the following categories:

  • First foods
  • Breakfast
  • Lunchbox & Snacks
  • Dinner
  • Sweet Treats
  • Special Occasion (Christmas, Easter, Birthday Party, Halloween)

30 recipes will be chosen for inclusion, and if your recipe is selected, your recipe will be credited, and you will receive a free copy of the cookbook.

Please note: MCRI will receive royalties from sales, with this money being invested into further medical research. In addition, books will be available for purchase in retail book outlets and online (details will be listed on the MCRI website) for $39.95 (RRP).

How to submit your contribution & closing date

If you have an allergy-friendly recipe that your family enjoys and you would love to see it included in The Allergy Friendly Family Cookbook, please submit your recipe, completed consent form (download below), stories about the recipe and any other comments and photos or queries to Sarah MacNeill at with 'Allergy Friendly Cookbook' in the subject line. Contributions must be received by 5 pm on Friday, 17 June.

Additional material to provide with your recipe

We would love to include a family anecdote or quote in the cookbook alongside your recipe.

We would love to gain an insight into why you treasure your recipe and want to share it with many more families around the country.

Below are some questions you may like to consider. These are provided as a guide to help you share creative short stories/quotes – you are welcome to share your own ideas. The more information, the better!

  • Is there a background story to the recipe?
  • Is there a reason you enjoy making it?
  • Where did you come across the recipe?
  • Have you adapted the recipe yourself to cater to your family's food allergy requirements?
  • How long have you been making the recipe?
  • Is there a comment you always hear when people eat this food item?
  • Do you always make this for a special occasion?
  • Does it work well for leftovers?

Photo suggestions

*Please note – image/s need to be of high resolution (at least 300dpi) for use in the book

  • Cooking in the kitchen
  • Kids/family with the final product
  • The end result of the recipe

Consent Form requirement

For your contribution to be considered for inclusion in the cookbook, please complete the below Consent Form and email it along with your recipe, comments, quotes and any other details. If there is not enough space on the form, you are welcome to add further information on a blank page or within your email.

Consent form: Recipe/quote/photographic consent form (PDF, 150.28 KB)

We look forward to receiving your contributions!

About MCRI

Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) is Australia's largest child health research institute and one of the top three child health research institutes worldwide for research quality and impact*. Our team of more than 1200 talented researchers is dedicated to making discoveries to prevent and treat childhood conditions. Many of our researchers are also clinicians at The Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, where the Institute is based. Read more

About HarperCollins Australia

At HarperCollins Australia, our beginnings date back to 1882 with the establishment of the Angus & Robertson bookshop in Sydney, which branched into publishing in 1888. Our first bestseller was A. B. 'Banjo' Paterson's The Man from Snowy River, which sold 5000 copies in its first four months in 1895 and is still in print today. Our love of publishing Australian stories continues to this day with a dedicated and passionate team of book-makers, book-sellers and book-spruikers. We publish the stories that captivate the world and generations. We are the home of prize-winners, international giants, rising stars and home-grown heroes, chart-toppers and cult favourites. We are 200 years of publishing history. Read more

About Taste.com.au

Taste.com.au is Australia's #1 food site and is home to more than 50,000 recipes. The Taste.com.au Top 100 cookbook series is curated by taste's food experts, each cookbook features Australia's most-loved and most-cooked recipes for every day and every occasion. The stunning photography brings the food to life with every turn of the page - you can almost taste it. The taste.com.au guarantee. Recipes are not only triple-tested, they are also rated, reviewed and trusted by millions of Aussie cooks just like you. Read more