This New York Times bestselling cookbook from Danielle Walker presents 125 recipes for grain-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free comfort food dishes for holidays and special occasions.
When people adopt a new diet for health or personal reasons, they worry most about the parties, holidays, and events with strong food traditions, fearing their fond memories will be lost along with the newly eliminated food groups. After suffering for years with a debilitating autoimmune disease and missing many of these special occasions herself, Danielle Walker has revived the joy that cooking for holidays can bring in Danielle Walker's Against All Grain Celebrations, a collection of recipes and menus for twelve special occasions throughout the year.
Featuring a variety of birthday cakes, finger foods to serve at a baby or bridal shower, and re-creations of backyard barbecue standards like peach cobbler and corn bread, Danielle includes all of the classics. There’s a full Thanksgiving spread—complete with turkey and stuffing, creamy green bean casserole, and pies—and menus for Christmas dinner; a New Year's Eve cocktail party and Easter brunch are covered, along with suggestions for beverages and cocktails and the all-important desserts. Recipes can be mixed and matched among the various occasions, and many of the dishes are simple enough for everyday cooking. Stunning full-color photographs of every dish make browsing the pages as delightful as cooking the recipes, and beautiful party images provide approachable and creative entertaining ideas.
Making recipes using unfamiliar ingredients can cause anxiety, and while trying a new menu on a regular weeknight leaves some room for error, the meal simply cannot fail when you have a table full of guests celebrating a special occasion. Danielle has transformed her most cherished family traditions into trustworthy recipes you can feel confident serving, whether you’re hosting a special guest with food allergies, or cooking for a crowd of regular grain-eaters.
Walker (Against All Grain), whose need for dietary restrictions led to a personal culinary journey, refashions celebratory dishes for 12 yearly occasions. In 125 recipes, Walker show cooks how to prepare holiday favorites while meeting paleo-style requirements, transforming them into something as treasured as any traditional dish. The year of special event party menus begins with all-night New Year's Eve nibbles such as maple-chili-glazed shrimp wrapped in prosciutto and a cranberry-festooned red wine gimlet cocktail. The "Game Day" section serves up gluten- and dairy-free Buffalo wings and cauliflower bites, green chile chicken soup, and football-shaped whoopie pies. There's a romantic dinner for two of short ribs braised in cabernet and kid-friendly heart-shaped treats for Valentine's Day. An Easter brunch features leg of lamb with lavender-rosemary bouquet, asparagus prosciutto tart, and honey- and blood orange glazed ham. Mother's and Father's Day, baby and bridal showers, birthday parties, Halloween,Thanksgiving, and Christmas menus present classic dishes, modified but still full of flavor. Walker provides a special diet index, glossary of ingredients and substitutions, and paleo basics (sauces, pastry, stocks, and dressings) with "tidbits" on storage and uses.
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First off, she is so personably whether she is writing her blog or cookbook, she is always talking to you as a friend. Second, her recipes are the bomb and you can ALWAYS trust them for any occasion even if it's the first time.
And lastly your should do your self a favor and buy everyone you know one !
I was lucky to receive an early copy, so I've been cooking from this book for about 2 weeks, and it's a MUST HAVE. This book is not only for those who have allergies, or follow GF diet, every recipe I have made so far has been delicious, and my family (with 0 diet restrictions) has loved each one so far.
My favorite has been the "corn" bread. It's moist, has amazing texture, and I have been repurposing it for other recipes as well. I have already made it 3 times because it's so delicious and easy to make.
We've made the blackened salmon with stone fruit salsa, and with chicken, and it was so flavorful. I love how easy the recipes can be for weeknight dinners. As long as you're prepped with the ingredients, actually making most of these recipes have been a breeze.
I've really loved two things about this book in particular: the tidbits, and hints to make cooking easier, or prepping ahead of time. And her breakdown of ingredients at the beginning of the book that really help with the brands she recommends. Learning about GF baking (almond flour vs meal, almonds vs cashews, etc) can be overwhelming, but she really explains each ingredient!
I really can't stress how diverse this book is from desserts, to meat, to sides, and beverages, I love that it has the full range of meals. I think the innovation behind recipes for each Holiday really resonated with me. I found out I have Celiac Disease only three years ago, and have felt very left out at Holidays and have missed the common food at these holidays. But so many classics are now available to me, and not only do they bring back those memories of the original, but I KNOW EXACTLY what I'm eating now. No chemicals and processed cans, just clean, natural foods that I can enjoy with my family!
Definitely a must-buy for those with and without allergies in your life! I really think this would be such a cute gift for any Holiday!
Against all grain Celebrations
Her books are beautifully done and wonderful recipies with great photos...with that being said I have to say it drives me crazy when you have a nice cookbook that obviously the person spent a lot of time doing AND then to NOT include the macros for each recipe. I swore I would not buy another cookbook without, however when looking at the "previews" they don't always show an actual recipe so then your stuck trying to decide weather to send it back....I've decided to keep this one but that's it unless I can see a whole recipe in a book