Kelly Rudnicki

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Kelly is a mother of five young children in suburban Chicago. Her second child, John, was diagnosed at age one with severe dairy, egg, peanut, tree nut and legume allergy. He also is asthmatic, so the likelihood of a life threatening reaction from food is increased. She has spent a few years learning the ins and outs of food labels, ingredient and product information, and most importantly, how to cook and bake for not only her son, but for the rest of her family as well. It has become her life’s purpose to raise awareness and increase funding for food allergy research. She is passionate about not only keeping her son safe, but alive. A food allergy diagnosis is scary; it is the fear of the unknown that keeps moms of food allergic children awake at night. The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book contains recipes that are completely nut, egg, and dairy-free and that can stand up to their original versions. Children with food allergies no longer have to be excluded while their friends eat scrumptious baked goods.


  • My vote is with Kelly Rudnicki. She has helped pave the road for all moms with a food-allergy child.

    Carrie Nichols commented on Aug 18 11 at 3:50 pm Reply
  • Best to you Kelly & a great cause!!

    Duong Sheahan commented on Aug 18 11 at 8:26 pm Reply
  • There are few emails I look forward to regularly, but Kelly’s Food Allergy Mama E-Newsletters always inspire me. Kelly’s emails always have good information delivered with wit, charm, and soul. She motivates me to keep with the fight for “The Fair for All.” Even though she is in the trenches with food allergies, she remains committed and upbeat. And her recipes are devine! In addition, she remains crazy busy as an advocate for those with food allergies both locally and nationally.

    Rosemary Allen commented on Aug 18 11 at 11:33 pm Reply
  • Kelly’s enthusiasm for educating us all and reforming school policy is admirable and remarkable!

    Pam Roehl commented on Aug 19 11 at 12:04 am Reply
  • Her cookbook rocks, and she is a wonderful mother and precious friend! The world is a better place because of her!

    christine wilk commented on Aug 19 11 at 1:21 am Reply
  • Kelly is making a difference in a world where much education and awareness is still needed. She does it in a compassionate and down to earth way. She’s got my vote!

    Daniella Knell commented on Aug 19 11 at 4:11 am Reply
  • I vote for Kelly Rudnicki. She is dedicated via her blog & other venues towards bringing awareness about the dangers of food-allergies. I often read her blog and have purchased her cookbook. I have tried man of her receipes and they are amazingly delicious! Way to go Kelly!

    Anita Garcia commented on Aug 19 11 at 7:44 pm Reply
  • I vote for Kelly Rudnicki. She really is making a difference! After my child was diagnosed with multiple food allergies, I tried many “allergy-free” desserts and meals for my child. They tasted “okay” at best. But Kelly’s recipes taste so good, that my whole family enjoys eating them. Her recipes are awesome and her blog is too. Her blog is very educational and the comments her readers leave make me realize that I’m not alone as I navigate with my daughter through school, trying to keep her safe. Most people don’t realize how serious food allergies are and Kelly really brings out that awareness to people.

    Deana Rummel commented on Aug 20 11 at 7:42 pm Reply
  • Kelly is a world class educator and advocate on food allergy issues. She is a role model for us all!

    Laurie Goldstein commented on Aug 21 11 at 5:16 pm Reply
  • I vote for Kelly. Thank for you for sharing your wisdom and recipes with those of us who also have children with food allergies!

    Irene Lopez Larucci commented on Aug 22 11 at 3:28 am Reply
  • No food allergies here, but we’re on a restrictive diet for other health reasons. It’s tough, especially because of the social ramifications (esp in the classroom setting). My vote goes to Kelly.

    Little Ladies Who Lunch commented on Aug 23 11 at 12:07 am Reply
  • I vote for Kelly. It takes a lot of time and energy to have a child with allergies. She certainly goes above and beyond. What an amazing woman in both what she has accomplished and the fact that she shares it with others!

    Shelly commented on Aug 23 11 at 12:34 am Reply
  • definitely vote for kelly

    helen weiner commented on Aug 24 11 at 2:33 pm Reply
  • Kelly is amazing! So much useful information on her blog on living safe with food allergies. My daughter has them and she’s been a great resource!

    Cristina Karekar commented on Aug 29 11 at 4:24 pm Reply
  • Kelly’s cookbook and her blog and new recipes are wonderful. We haven’t found a recipe that hasn’t worked! Her blogs are uplifting for all moms but especially those of us with severely allergic children. Vote for Kelly!

    Kerri Sellman commented on Oct 01 11 at 9:03 pm Reply
  • Kelly – thank you for all of your hard work and forging ahead plans of acceptance for children with food allergies. Kudos to you with your household and all you have accomplished despite your own responsibilities!! Thank you!!!

    Caryn commented on Oct 03 11 at 4:51 pm Reply
  • Kelly is amazing….anyone with food allergies is so lucky to have her advice/website/etc. She is amazing!!

    Heidi commented on Oct 07 11 at 10:43 pm Reply

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