Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations: A Year of Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes for Every Occasion by Danielle Walker

From the two-time New York Times best-selling author ofthe Against All Grain series, comes 125 recipes for grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free comfort food recipes for holidays and special occasions.

When people adopt a new diet for health or personal reasons, it’s the parties, holidays, and events with strong food traditions they worry about most. In Celebrations, best-selling author Danielle Walker provides recipes and menus for twelve special occasions, from a child’s birthday party and baby shower, to a backyard barbeque, romantic Valentine’s Day dinner for two, and even a Halloween party. Of course, Thanksgiving, Christmas dinner, New Year’s Eve party, and Easter/Passover brunch are also covered–along with suggestions for beverages and cocktails and the all-important desserts. Nearly every recipe is photographed, and food and party images shot on location provide beautiful and creative entertaining ideas. Delicious and easy-to-prepare dishes encourage the whole family to get into the kitchen and create lasting memories–no matter what the occasion. – Goodreads

This is hands-down my favorite gluten-free book that I own. I enjoyed Walker’s original Against the Grain, but this one is awesome. I don’t usually go out of my way to make special GF dishes — it’s pretty easy to avoid it and still eat well. However, holidays and special events are HARD. This is nice to have on hand to make a substitution for myself or to bring something GF friendly. It includes major holidays such as Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas and Easter, but also throws in Mother’s Day, birthdays, New Year’s Eve, etc.

First, the photography is awesome. I want to eat everything in there. Most of the ingredients are pretty standard GF materials, so as long as your GF pantry is already stocked, that shouldn’t be an issue.

A bonus? Most of the recipes are paleo-compliant, and also tend to eliminate other ingredients that folks may be allergic to, such as nightshades, dairy, eggs, etc. The recipes themselves are easy to follow.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this to those with allergies and intolerances. I’m looking forward to the upcoming holiday season to test these recipes out!

I received a copy of this from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.




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