Friday, September 16, 2016

Danielle Walker's Against All Grain Celebrations

About: 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.

My Thoughts:
This book is beautiful from the pictures to the recipes and your mouth will be watering with every page that you turn.Danielle understands the incredible power that food has whether utilized to heal or for a person learning they have an allergy and their diet needs to change. She welcomes every kind of person to the table in her recipes and leaves nothing out. She is a foodie and wants everyone to enjoy the Holiday's just as much as she does.! There is something in here for everyone and each of us can celebrate somehow! No one is left out, which shows how thought out this book is! I love how each of these recipes can be mixed and matched among various menus, dishes and meals, which makes cooking simple. Don't be scared of this book, get excited and go buy a copy! You won't regret it! Thank you to the publishers for providing me a complimentary copy! I give this book a 5/5 stars. 

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