DANIELLE WALKER is the author of two New York Times best-selling cookbooks, Against All Grain and Meals Made Simple. She is also the voice behind the most popular grain-free website on the Internet, Against All Grain.I’m a huge fan of Danielle’s and have been following her blog for a while. Danielle has had to adopt a new diet for health and personal reasons so she understands the struggle it takes to eliminate certain foods and having to let go of some favorites. Her latest cookbook, Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations Cookbook, features a year of Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free and paleo recipes for every occasion. As the title implies the book is broken down into different holidays and events throughout the year. The book is filled with beautiful photos with full menus from beverages to desserts to give you ideas and inspiration for each occasion. She’s taken the guess-work out of how to feed friends and family with food allergies and each recipe is simply brilliant.
This is Danielle’s third cookbook and the second one I own. I’m a regular follower of her blog and I’ve made several of her recipes from both her cookbooks and her blog. I have loved everything I’ve made so far and I’m finding myself turning to her for recipes more and more. Like me, I have had friends who’ve had to eliminate certain foods for various reasons and I always steer them towards Against All Grain for recipes and inspiration in the kitchen. Whether you’re paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free or you just like good food and want to eat clean then I 100% recommend this cookbook.
For the purpose of this review I chose two different recipes from the Celebrations cookbook to try out. I started off with the sweet-and-sour meatballs from her game day chapter. I have to agree with Danielle that this is the perfect recipe while people are gathered together to cheer on their favorite teams. This recipe makes a lot of meatballs so its perfect for a crowd and keeping them in the crock-pot allows the meatballs to stay warm so others can eat on them as they wish.
Last weekend we had my parents over for dinner and I made the vegetable bacon parcels from the Christmas dinner section in the book. Not only did everyone love them, they have also requested that these vegetables make another appearance at our Thanksgiving dinner. They’re simple yet elegantly presented and easily a crowd-pleaser.
There are many other recipes on my radar to try out such as the holiday gimlet, the caramel pecan sticky buns, any and all of her cakes, and the wedge salad with herb ranch dressing just to name a few. Even though the recipes are geared towards different holidays, they are simple and delicious enough to make as part of an everyday meal as well.
This cookbook was provided by Blogging For Books for the purpose of a review but the opinions are my own.