Disclosure: I received the following book for review purposes only. All opinions remain my own and weren’t influenced. My opinions may differ from others as well as those of the author and publisher.
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.
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.
It wasn’t until my daughter was diagnosed with food allergies last year that I fully understood them. One day my daughter was a normal kid eating and trying everything in sight and the next I became a stressed out momma learning to read food labels and learning a whole new way to cook without so many of the common things we once enjoyed daily. Dairy has been the hardest for us. Mainly because I never knew just how many things included dairy. Not to mention the billion different ways it can be listed on an ingredient label.
At first it was pizza. It haunted my daughter and the thought of losing her favorite food was nearly impossible to bare. As time went on, we found out the hardest part was being invited to birthday parties. My daughter became “that kid” – the one who couldn’t eat anything before her psycho mom checked the labels, the one that couldn’t eat cake and ice cream, the one that carried an epi. It tortured her that she didn’t fit the mold of what she considered “normal” and it broke my heart to see her struggle. After a few parties, I eventually began ignoring the invites or making up reasons we couldn’t go. Not because we didn’t want to go, but because I didn’t want to see my daughter be left out or made to feel like an outsider.
Over the past year, I’ve learned new ways to make some of her favorite foods and I constantly try new ones. Luckily, this book is helping me tremendously and has so many great recipes! It offers a full spread for Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as tons of finger foods, desserts, barbecue staples, and much more! There’s something for each and every holiday, which is a huge help since I have been avoiding inviting others over since all this began. I love that each recipe features a fully colored vivid picture. This book definitely makes creating and hosting dinners that are allergy friendly. I am beyond stoked about this cookbook and highly recommend it to other allergy driven crazy mommas like me!
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About the author!
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, AgainstAllGrain.com. She is a self-trained chef who tempts a range of appetites with innovative and accessible grain-free recipes that are not only healthy and delicious, but also can be credited with saving her life after a diagnosis of a serious autoimmune disease. She lives with her husband and two sons in the San Francisco Bay Area.