Flip Cookbook

Girl geek foodies making healthy cooking fun and easy.


Welcome to Flip Cookbook, a recipe site dedicated to helping you create a new lifestyle with diets such as Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), gluten-free, sugar-free, lactose-free, vegetarian and vegan!

One of the biggest LIES of being on a restricted diet is the notion that you have to eat food that reminds you of chalk, saw dust, dirt or medicine requiring a spoonful of sugar. Many of you probably believe, as we did, that you must bid farewell to your love affair with food. Its just not true. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that tasteless comerically prepared food is just what you are going to have to suffer through.

We hope that this website helps you dispel this notion from not only your mind but the minds of all your well-intentioned sympathizers. Soon enough they will be itching for an invitation to your dinner table. (We’re warning you – it has happened to us.)

Our aspiration is to empower you to create a healthy delicious culinary lifestyle. Behind every click we will present to you easy to follow, appetizing recipes to incorporate into your diet. Each recipe is broken down into simple steps accompanied with a picture to make sure you can create the dish exactly as we did. No trick photography – your food will look just like ours. Not only will it look good but it will taste fabulous, after all everything on this site has passed the Raj and Sonia deliciousness test.

Who are Raj and Sonia?

Good question. Thats us in the picture to the right. We’re very good friends who have traveled very different paths to reach the very same conclusion – commercially available food is so painfully limiting. Stick with us and we promise you that in a short while you will agree with Raj’s husband: “This is the way we should’ve always been eating.”.

Meet Raj:

I started on my quest for an “alternative” diet after a few years of suffering from a digestive disorder that was slowly controling all aspects of my life. Despite popular belief that diet was not responsible for my discomfort, I noticed that my body did indeed respond poorly when I ate certain foods. Eager to put as much distance between me and a lifetime of medications and pain, I decided to follow this gut feeling. Magically (actually — through the internet), I came across the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). Within a few short months my digestive track felt like it did when I was a teenager. No problems, no pain, no cramps, nothing but great plumbing! You can read a little more about SCD here.

Meet Sonia:

I’ve always loved dairy. Milk, yogurt, cheese… Aaah heaven. Recently, I enjoyed a wonderful pregnancy and had a beautiful baby boy. Soon after delivery, my son developed a milk allergy and since I was nursing him, I had to completely remove dairy from my diet. Going cold turkey was the hardest thing I had to do, especially since I was such a dairy addict! My hunt for diary-free recipes left me terribly unfulfilled. It seemed to me that my situation wasn’t unique, yet for some reason I couldn’t find more helpful recipes to suite my new lifestyle. To make my situation even more complex, my mom, who was living with us at the time, is a strict lacto-vegeterian (which means no eggs!). Nervously, I explored dairy and egg substitues in my kitchen and since then have come to the conclusion that cooking on a restricted diet can not only be healthy but a fun filled adventure.

We hope to be part of your journey to a new healthy cooking lifestyle. Please feel free to reach out via the comments sections or shoot us an email at flipcookbook at gmail.com. We would love to hear from you!

18 Responses to About

  1. holly farris says:

    Why do you call it the flip cookbook?

    • Raj says:

      Hi Holly! We decided to name our site “Flip Cookbook” after the flip books that were so popular when we were growing up. See Wikipedia’s page for all the details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flip_book. Each one of our recipes has step-by-step instructions with pictures so that if you “flip” through the pictures, the entire recipe is seen.

  2. tammy says:

    This is such a beautiful Web site and just what I need, now that my vegan son is doing the SCD. Thank you!

    • Sonia says:

      Hi Tammy! I’m so glad you found our blog useful. Raj and I have had our own set of dietary issues and we didn’t really find enough resources back then. This is how Flip Cookbook came about… I’m sure you’ll find a lot of options here… So Welcome and stay in touch! 🙂

  3. Vicky says:

    Sonia, when my daughter was a baby she suffered terribly from colic! Twenty-five years ago, the first baby food I gave her was Baby porridge made by a company called Milupa. In those days it was considered to be one of the best baby food companies. One spoonful of porridge gave her a red rash around her mouth. The health visitor explained this was probably a milk allergy but no one told me to remove dairy from my diet as well! I continued to nurse her and she continued to have colic! I wish I had known then what I know today!

    • Sonia says:

      Awww! 🙁 It is crazy how many babies have dairy allergies these days. I know of a bunch of kids who were born with a dairy allergy and at around one, they grew out of it, some didn’t though. My son did! But I remember having to quit everything, including butter! I would question the pediatrician and she said, not just milk, but anything that could have potentially come in, even remote, contact with dairy had to be gone from my diet!

  4. Mairi says:

    Stumbled onto your fabulous blog today- I am struggling with my gluten-free diet…bored beyond belief. Looking forward to trying some of your recipes. Love that you give a generous nod to foods from India- one of my favorites and very much missed since I was diagnosed with celiac disease.

  5. Margaret says:


    Hope you’re having an amazing start to the week. I was taking a read through your site, and wanted to personally invite you to become a member of the Gluten Free Expo Bloggers Club. Here’s how it works:

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  6. Sarah says:

    Hi Raj and Sonia!

    You guys are just literally my LIFESAVERS!!! I am oh-sooooo-happy I found your websites. I am going on an anti-candida/SCD diet for a few months with a few classmates because we all believe that our carb addiction is probably the cause of many of our health symptoms. Now some of us are vegetarian or vegans and we were having a hard time finding a SCD website with yummy recipes for us vegetarians or vegans and then I found YOU!!

    The first recipe I saw was the crepe and pear filling! I could not believe my eyes. So Im gonna be able to still eat delicious foods and even sweet yummy treats and breakfasts?? I was beyond excited because you guys gave me back hope and enthusiasm to embark on this new journey. And who knows maybe I’ll like it so much, I might choose to eat like that for a longer period of time 🙂

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for sharing your passion for health and delicious foods 🙂

    • Raj says:

      Hi Sarah!

      So excited to hear you’re about to embark on a whole new diet with a bunch of friends! That’s the best thing you can do to make sure everyone sticks with the goal. 🙂

      Just to let you know, I was on SCD for a whole year.. but now I’m on a gluten-free sugar-free diet. Many of the newer recipes reflect this and are not SCD compliant. I’ve marked the SCD specific recipes with the “Blue” category ball.. so look out for that! Generally speaking you can go through all the SCD recipe by following this link: http://flipcookbook.com/category/scd/

      Another SCD blogger that I love is Z’s Cup of Tea.. I mean seriously – she makes SCD legal marshmallows! http://zscupoftea.com/2010/07/21/honey-sweetened-marshmallows-scd-gfcf/

      Keep me posted on how things go for you .. if you have any questions about the diet etc.. I’ll help in any way that I can.

  7. caroline says:

    Hey LOVE your site! just wondering what plug in do you use to display your recipes? I love the small pictures with the explanation on the side 🙂 juts thought I would ask! thanks


    • Raj says:

      Thanks – so glad you like our layout! 🙂 We don’t use any plugin to display our recipes — we just put the images we want next to the instructions.

  8. Raj … Do you have an “email update” feature? I can’t find one and I’d like to remember to come back and visit 🙂

    • Raj says:

      We don’t at the moment. Something I really need to add soon though. In the meanwhile — why not subscribe through Velvet Aroma or Facebook? 🙂

  9. sunithi says:

    Love your website and the passion you two have. Will be flipping through your website later and grabbing some GF recipes for my GF Cafe. Have a lot of clients who need GF recipes , so am constantly updating that page ! Link will come directly to your page. Love your recipes. Keep it going !

    • Raj says:

      Thanks Sunithi. Loved running through your website today too. So glad we “bumped” into each other online. 🙂 What and where is your GF Cafe? Sounds fab!

  10. Xehra says:

    Hi, I enjoyed reading your stories and your recipes. I was recently diagnosed as being having a gluten allergy and its been a real struggle trying to find substitutes for my favorite foods and staying gluten free. I honestly don’t know any indians or pakistanis personally who have this issue so it makes me feel like such an outsider in my community! I wanted to ask you guys about besan and if you have found it is truly gluten free? I keep thinking it must be processed on equipment where they are exposed to wheat or wheat products? Do you guys know of any brands that have worked for you? I am also going to try making millet roti as i need something to replace my wheat roti!

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