Caroline's No Nightshade Kitchen: Arthritis Diet is now  available online at and  The Boulder Book Store, Alfalfas, and Peppercorn on Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, also carries Caroline's cookbook.

 When I first discovered the impact of nightshades on my body and in particular my hands, I was overcome by pain and disappointment. I loved tomatoes, peppers, white potatoes, and eggplant. They were in most of my food selections, as they are for many of us. The prospective changes in my diet were overwhelming, and I didn’t know where to begin. To be honest, it took effort and commitment to avoid nightshades at first, but avoiding them slowly became the norm for me. As this happened, I began to feel differently about my arthritis and the foods I had given up. I felt better physically, my attitude was brighter, and my commitment was strengthened by the progress I was making with the inflammation in my hands. My food plan became an adventure, and the responses of my family and friends were encouraging because I realized I was not the only one enjoying these new recipes. Without reservation, it became apparent to me that I needed to tell my story about my experiences with arthritis and write this cookbook.

​   Caroline’s No Nightshade Kitchen: Arthritis Diet is an important book, and I hope you will read it and take what I have to say seriously. The history surrounding nightshades and their effect on arthritis, and possibly other types of pain, has been around for centuries, but it was often dismissed as folklore. However, like so many others, I experienced this folklore first hand and became a believer. My sensitivity to nightshades increased over the years, and it only took a few bites of nightshade foods, or seasonings, for me to have a severe reaction.  I’m serious about nightshades. Arthritis changed my life, and now I’m changing it again with a diet that gives me freedom from pain.

  There’s much more to explain about nightshades in Caroline's No Nightshade Kitchen: Arthritis Diet.  I hope what I’ve experienced and learned about nightshades, arthritis, and inflammation will be a help to you. I also hope you enjoy my recipes as much as I have enjoyed creating them and writing this book. My book will be available soon. If you'd like to reserve a copy, please contact me. 

  Please take a few minutes now, to explore this website, which includes more details about my journey with arthritis and nightshades, and my recipes. 

Be well,

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   Caroline's No Nightshade Kitchen:
                    Arthritis Diet

Caroline's No Nightshade Kitchen: Arthritis Diet is a book about finding relief from the pain and inflammation of arthritis when every other treatment failed. I have a fourteen year history with arthritis and nightshades. The results are the same every time I eat something from the nightshade plant family (Solanaceae): tomatoes, peppers, white potato, and eggplant. For me, the onset of pain comes within 30-45 minutes. Even now after years of abstaining from nightshades, if I accidentally eat the wrong thing, the pain, swelling, and redness can last into the next day. However, if I totally eliminate all forms of nightshades from my diet, I live pain free. My book outlines the discoveries I've found and includes 200 savory recipes.

My purpose in writing this guide and cookbook, is to share what I've learned about nightshades and arthritis. After the initial first three years of pain in my hands, I was desperate and had given up. Then a friend told me about nightshades and the pain and swelling went away. I hope to do for others what my friend did for me. 

Spicy Shrimp, Blueberries, and Lima Beans over lettuce bed  (1. above)
Borscht Holiday Soup  (2. above)
Steelhead Trout with Miso Glaze  (3. above)