When Priscilla Feral sent out her latest cookbook for testing she knew the routine. Explains Feral, “You think, ‘Okay the recipes are reliable. I know they work. I’ve tossed the ones that are unpredictable.’” The author is the director of Friends of Animals, and she has written two vegan cookbooks for people. But For the Love of Dog Biscuits is her first cookbook for dogs. That meant the 19 testers from all over the country that went to work on Feral’s recipes would not be able to tell her what they didn’t like. “Imagine having your recipe bomb over a dog that’s hard to feed and you have no idea why,” says Feral.
Jane Seymour was introduced to me through the brilliant Richard Phibbs. As a fellow dog and animal lover I was thrilled to know that she most recently became the the Creative Director at the non-profit animal charity Friends of Animals. In doing so she and her Mom put together this sweet dog biscuit cookbook For the Love of Dog Biscuits. As she informed me, "all proceeds go towards our spay / neuter program that offers low cost certificates to people nationwide. The book consists of 12 delicious and healthy recipes, one for each month in the year, and was written by my mother (the president of the company) and photographed / designed by me." My suggestion to all you dog lovers that knows what tickles your dog's tummies is to order one up and know that it is also the perfect gift for the holidays!!!
DARIEN -- For those familiar with the mild guilt of preparing food under the forlorn gaze of a hungry pet, relief may have arrived.
In her new book, "For the Love of Dog Biscuits", local vegan cookbook author Priscilla Feral has turned her gaze from human subjects to canine ones.
The book contains 12 recipes for wholesome dog treats that can be whipped up at home, on the cheap.
"I'm happy to do something kind of whimsical," Feral told The Hour. "There's nothing quite like (this book) on the market now."
Inspiration for the book came from Feral's experience trying to find wholesome treats for her own dogs -- affordable biscuits contained "scary" ingredients like processed sugars, artificial coloring and preservatives, Feral explained; dog treats using only whole ingredients were expensive, at six to eight dollars a pound, she added, and most of them contained only one or two bland-sounding ingredients.
"We read labels to avoid hidden trans fats, we shun plastics and canned goods known to contain BPA, and are leery of health-halo terms like "all natural" that often disguise chemical flavorings. So why don't we do the same for our pets? "Today’s commercial dog biscuits are scary," says Priscilla Feral, director of Friends of Animals, a nonprofit animal advocacy organization in New York. Feral points out that packaged biscuits, created to stay edible on a shelf for months or even years, are usually made with rendered tissue, bone, and byproducts from animals that could have a diet of antibiotic-filled foods, or may be diseased themselves. "The biscuits also contain ample sugar and chemical preservatives, like BHA and BHT, which the World Health Organization has named as suspicious cancer-causing compounds," she says. "