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You’ve heard me say it before and though I’m not doing it at the moment, I went Paleo once. I really do plan to do it again, but it does take effort and the fact is, it’s not a necessity for me at the moment. That does not mean that I don’t make Paleo meals.

I am an avid fan of Danielle Walker and I own her other two cookbooks (I purchased both on my own) and have made almost every recipe from them. I also really love to visit her site to see what’s new. She has used her own health challenges to create a place (her blog) where people can go to better their diets and themselves. She doesn’t hide her setbacks and is truly an inspiration.

Whatever reason has made you take out grains and other reactive food groups, you will find a bevy of information about how to go grain-free and enjoy delicious meals that won’t  leave you wishing for loaves of bread, dairy desserts, or pasta.

Danielle Walker’s third book, Against All Grain Celebrations, is focused on holidays/special occasions – those times where sticking to an eating plan is the hardest. Those who do not have to cut out certain types of food rarely realize how difficult it is to be surrounded by foods that you can’t eat (and/or won’t eat) and foods that hold memories but will cause more harm than good. Walker has created meals that will leave you feeling comforted, satisfied, and good.

In this book, you’ll find meals for a cocktail party on New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day (kids options included), Mother’s Day luncheon and Father’s Day cookout, treats for Halloween, and, of course, Thanksgiving and Christmas menus (and much more).

Recipes you can look forward to:

  • Spinach Artichoke Dip – bring it to a Super Bowl party or use it as an appetizer for your next cocktail party.
  • Cabernet Braised Short Ribs with Parsnip-Turnip Puree – make this cozy meal for your family or serve it for a special winter get-together with friends and family.
  • Pumpkin Spiced Latte – no need to trek to Starbucks! Make your own with ingredients you know are okay for you.
  • Blackened Salmon with Stone Fruit Salsa – if you’re looking for a light dish with some flair, this is it.
  • Lemon Bars – for your next picnic, dessert party, or just to snack on by yourself. No one will judge you.
  • Skillet “Corn” Bread – need something to go with your chili? Serve this up.
  • Heirloom Tomato, Watermelon, and Basil Salad – refreshing in the hot summer months.
  • Herb Ranch Dressing – it’s difficult to find dressing from the grocery store that is safe to eat for those who cannot have many things, so I like that she included such a universal dressing that can go with many things.
  • Christmas Fudge – no need to miss out on the sweets at Christmastime with this decadent dessert.

I won’t tell you that this is a “health” book because it’s not, in my opinion. It definitely won’t help you lose weight during the holidays either. BUT if you are looking for tasty grain-free alternatives to your holiday favorites, this book will have them. If you want to enjoy parties the same way your friends and family members do, but can’t eat what they can, than cook/bake some things (from this book) for get-togethers and you’ll be just as satisfied as they are.

She has tried and tested her recipes for you and yours to enjoy and I know you will find something (or somethings) in this book that will make your holidays/special occasions memorable.

Against All Grain Celebrations at Penguin Random House


I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.