Title: Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations
Author: Danielle Walker
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
“Remember, these recipes are not just for people following a grain-free diet; they will also appeal to anyone who wants to eat healthfully and share beautiful, entertaining inspiration with loved ones,” the author writes in the introduction to her book, Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations: A Year of Gluten-free, Dairy-free, and Paleo Recipes for Every Occasion.
This three-hundred-and-twenty-five-page hardbound targets those interested in grain, gluten, and dairy free recipes to make and enjoy throughout the year. Containing over one-hundred-and-twenty-five recipes, it covers the main holidays and special occasions of meals served from January to December.
After an introduction with an ingredient glossary and substitutions along with kitchen gear, a dozen chapters cover the typical year’s holidays plus birthdays, summertime, and autumn dinner parties. With full-color photographs of almost all completed dishes, it ends with the basics, conversion charts, acknowledgments, and recipe, special diet, and topical indexes.
Covering New Years, Game Day, Valentine’s, Easter Brunch, Mother and Father’s Day, birthday parties, July Fourth barbeque, summer shower, Halloween with treats and parties, Thanksgiving, and Christmas breakfast, dinner, and desserts, it focuses on recipes that do not contain any grains, dairy, or gluten. There is usually one recipe per page with the serving size and ingredients in used order on the page’s edge with the title, description, and paragraph instructions, with often “Make It Ahead” and Tidbits” listed in the main area with a photograph on the opposite side.
~ Why ~
Using interesting ingredients such as almond flour, arrowroot powder, coconut flour and milk, ghee, palm shortening, and raw honey, some recipe examples include Apple Parsnip Soup Shooter, Carnitas on Tostones, Be Mine Pizza, Lavender Lemonade, Eggs Benedict Strata, Skillet “Corn” Bread, Burger Bites, Grandma’s Potato Salad, Mimosa Bar, Mummy Dogs, Herbed Drop Biscuits, Gingerbread Latte, Garlic Rosemary Rib Roast, and Christmas Fudge. I like the tips in the added Tidbit notes.
~ Why Not ~
Those who are not concerned about eating grain, dairy, or gluten may pass on this book although it contains delicious dishes. Others may find there are too many sugar-based recipes of desserts, treats, cookies, etc. No time preparation or caloric content is included (it is stated the nutritional value can be found online).
~ Who ~
The author of three cookbooks, Walker is a self-trained chef who focuses on healthy and tasty grain-free recipes. She lives in Northern California with her family.
~ Wish ~
With various sweeteners often used throughout the recipes, it would be nice to include their caloric content for those who count calories.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a recipe book to use throughout the year for celebrations that are free of gluten, grain, and dairy, this would be a viable option.
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