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Cookbook Review (and Giveaway!): Against All Grain by Danielle Walker

I’ve long been a fan of Danielle Walker’s recipes, and I grabbed new favorite recipes regularly at her blog. Her food was always delicious and not overly-fussy. My family loved her recipes, and I could count on them to be tested and trustworthy. Plus she had some yummy photography. So when she announced that she’d be writing a book, and Victory Belt Publishing offered to send me a review copy*, I jumped at the opportunity. 

Danielle has taken all the good things about her blog and put them into one hefty grain-free, dairy-free cookbook. I’ve been so thrilled with it that I’ve already bought another copy to gift to a friend, and this book is now one of my top recommendations to friends wanting to dip their toes into a Paleo-esque diet. If that’s you, be sure to read all the way to the end! Victory Belt Publishing is giving away a copy of Against All Grain to one of our readers!


Danielle’s journey into a Paleo diet began with a diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis. As a fellow sufferer of this autoimmune disorder, I deeply appreciated reading the introduction to her cookbook as much as I’ve enjoyed cooking from the recipes. When we suffer, it is always helpful to hear the voices of those who have been there, and overcome the trials, to give us hope that we, too, can emerge from the suffering. 

Regardless of your reason for approaching a grain-free, dairy-free lifestyle, Danielle’s recipes are sure to please your palate. Against All Grain includes tasty recipes for all hours of the day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and everything in-between. There is even a special chapter of recipes especially pleasing to kids. Every recipe has a gorgeous, full-page, color photo with it. Danielle created an easy labeling system for her recipes, so you can quickly find recipes that are nut-free, egg-free, vegan, or Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) compliant. If you happen to be following the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) you’ll find tons of delicious recipes for you, too, even though they aren’t labelled. 


I regrettably must confess that I was cooking from Against All Grain during a very busy season of life. I utterly failed to photograph practically all of the dishes I made, and the few photos I ended up with were so blurry and ill-lighted that they did not do justice to the deliciousness of the recipes. So I only have this one photograph to share, of a dinner that we shared with friends, that was an Against All Grain feast: Indian-Spiced Pork Roast with Cumin Curry Carrots, Asian Pear Chutney, Asian Mango Slaw with Thai “Peanut” Vinaigrette, and Peach Streusel Coffee Cake for dessert. Everyone oohed and aahed over the deliciousness. 


People who choose a Paleo-lifestyle because they’re interested in squeaky-clean eating and working out, may or may not appreciate Danielle’s cooking style (though she includes several fish recipes and lots of simple veggie sides, if that’s your thing). But I think this cookbook resonates more with the other Paleo populations. Danielle is a mom who knows that kids don’t always eat wild salmon and kale, even if you do send it in their lunchbox. Moms? She’s got your chicken fingers and “sugar” cookies. Danielle lives with a chronic illness that requires giving up certain delicious foods. IBD sufferers? Danielle’s got your brownies and ice cream. And she knows the difficulty of switching from a grain-centered to a grain-free diet. Newbies? She’s got your sandwich bread and hamburger buns. 

The other recipes I’ve tried (and loved)? Pizza Crust, Pie Crust, French Vanilla Ice Cream, Curried Chicken Salad, and Maple Sage Sausage. And I’m deeply indebted to Danielle for her Allergy-Free Breakfast Cookies, which are egg- and nut-free and completely AIP-legal. I keep a container of the dough in the fridge and bake a few every morning to accompany my sausage and green smoothie. There still remain another two-dozen dog-eared pages to try! It’ll be a while before I reach the end of this cookbook. 

Victory Belt Publishing is giving away a copy of Against All Grain to one of our readers! To enter:

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  • I’m currently gluten free and considering going grain-free. My mom has celiac, blood test shows I don’t have it, but going gluten and dairy free for the past year has helped me with some congestion problems I had. I’d love to get some new grain-free recipes to try out and Against All Grain looks like a great resource!

    Wendi S September 23, 2013 AT 9:47 am
  • we’ve been on and off again grain free for the 9 months or so, but recently my daughter was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and she need to give up gluten. there are other allergies to work around but I am considering just giving up all grains and have heard great things about this cookbook.

    Anne-Marie A. September 23, 2013 AT 10:02 am
  • Most of my Sister’s family is gluten intolerant and we too try to eat mostly paleo. This looks like a great cookbook!

    Susan September 23, 2013 AT 10:28 am
  • I’ve been cutting down on grains recently. I’ve noticed I always have blood sugar spikes when I eat most accepted grains. Getting my family off the grains has been a harder journey. Anything to help will be wonderful.

    LauraH September 23, 2013 AT 11:29 am
  • Love Danielle’s blog. We are a gluten-free family. I would love to win a copy of Against All Grain! Thanks for the opportunity to win this giveaway!

    Mar September 23, 2013 AT 11:32 am
  • I started following the paleo diet in 2010 in order to help my brain recover from a traumatic brain injury.

    Heather September 23, 2013 AT 1:16 pm
  • I am currently eating a gluten-free diet, but know that we could benefit by going grain free. I struggle seeing how I can make that happen. I know this cookbook would be a huge help!

    Cathy S. September 23, 2013 AT 2:13 pm
  • Time for us to get fully back on the wagon and not just jumping on and off at whim! This looks like it would give us the kick start we need!

    Sarah September 23, 2013 AT 2:36 pm
  • Let’s be real. I love grains in every form. But they don’t always love me back!

    Piper September 23, 2013 AT 8:11 pm
  • I am not 100% grain free, but mostly, and I really enjoy making things taste really good, but be really healthy at the same time. I would LOVE this cookbook, as I really enjoy cooking, and am always looking for new ideas that fit with the way I eat. I also suffer with a chronic illness, and I believe eating this way has helped the disease not progress as much as it could have.

    Abby Hilton September 24, 2013 AT 5:31 am
  • We aren’t grain free 100% – but we do eat grain free about 75 % of the time. I love Danielle’s recipes. :-)

    Stacy September 24, 2013 AT 5:33 am
  • We’ve been cutting down on grains and would like to go grain free. This looks like a great cookbook!

    Michelle September 24, 2013 AT 5:42 am
  • I am excited about a cookbook with Paleo recipes. Just recently started eating this way.

    Julie September 24, 2013 AT 6:22 am
  • We are grain free for my daughter! Would love some new recipes!

    RD Shugart September 24, 2013 AT 6:51 am
  • I’ve had this cook book on my wish list for some time. Thanks for a great give-away!

    Julie September 24, 2013 AT 6:55 am
  • I am considering paleo and this just might be the cookbook to give it a try!! Thanks!!

    Kim Bos September 24, 2013 AT 7:20 am
  • I am not grain free yet but would like to try it and see if it makes a difference and it sounds like this would be the perfect way to start.

    Tammy R. September 24, 2013 AT 7:52 am
  • I am not currently grain free. I have been gluten free and low grain for a few years and have wanted to try grain free. But every time I try I just get overwhelmed about how to make it work.

    Shiree September 24, 2013 AT 8:45 am
  • My family is not currently completely grain free. I have been trying to transition us to less grains and grain free substitutions. I would love to win this book! All of the recipes I have seen from it look amazing!

    Rhonda B. September 24, 2013 AT 9:21 am
  • We feel better mentally and physically when we go grain free.

    Robin Whiting September 24, 2013 AT 9:34 am
  • I’m intrigued by the AIP breakfast cookie! The recipe on her site has almond butter in it… so I assume it’s a different one in the book?

    Erin September 24, 2013 AT 11:23 am
    • The recipe in the book has no nuts, seeds, or eggs, and is just brilliant! Fruit puree and a small amount of coconut flour act as a binder.

      Erin September 25, 2013 AT 11:04 am
  • We are not completely grain free, but my son is allergic to wheat (tree nut, peanuts, and soy), so we are careful eaters.

    Holly September 24, 2013 AT 12:05 pm
  • I’m not completely grain free, although I should due to my autoimmune condition. I love Danielle’s blog and recipes! I’d love to win her amazing book!

    Maria September 24, 2013 AT 12:54 pm
  • My wife has been wanting to go grain free for a long time but so far hasn’t. I believe this book will help her do it, and do it right.

    Moses September 24, 2013 AT 1:00 pm
  • I’m starting a slow transition into Paleo world. While I am lucky enough not to have any intollerances in my family I have done some extensive study and believe it would be a better way of life for us. I’m sure “against all grain” will help me do this!

    Felicity September 24, 2013 AT 3:32 pm
  • I feel so much better being grain free.

    Cynthia September 24, 2013 AT 6:26 pm
  • My husband is grain free due to stomach issues. My children and I a predominately grain free due to meal planning and adjusting the kids. I also have a friend that just had to go grain free and dairy free for health reasons.

    Valerie September 24, 2013 AT 8:28 pm
  • I’m working on improving my health and really looking forward to this book!

    Kathy September 24, 2013 AT 10:35 pm
  • Though my diet does not contain any food restrictions, I have cooked for others whose do. It has always been a fun challenge to search out recipes that are tasty and can be eaten by all. However, it also takes a while to find those recipes. Knowing that many of these recipes are good for us, even if we don’t need them to be free of a certain ingredient, is an added benefit to our diet.

    Stephanie K. September 25, 2013 AT 12:02 pm
  • We’ve been experimenting with grain free to see if it helps my son not get sick so often.

    Beth S. September 25, 2013 AT 5:45 pm
  • My doctor recommended I eliminate grains from my diet to improve digestive issues. The cookbook sounds wonderful!

    Leslie September 25, 2013 AT 8:01 pm
  • Been wanting this book!!! Haven’t been able to find it…. would LOVE to win it :D

    Pauline C. September 26, 2013 AT 11:24 am
  • Ooooh, I would love this book. Her website has a ton of amazing recipes already, but a book!

    AniaK September 26, 2013 AT 11:26 am
  • I am working on getting my family grain-free to see if maybe this will help with some of our medical issues. It would be so great to win this cookbook to help us on our journey of going grain-free. Thank you for the opportunity!

    Kelly Engelbrecht September 26, 2013 AT 11:29 am
  • I’m grain free for my health

    Beth m. September 26, 2013 AT 11:56 am
  • We are not grain but would love to be! This would be a huge asset to becoming grain free. I have IBS and I know grain is one of the causes.

    Kim W. September 26, 2013 AT 12:09 pm
  • I am gluten free due to a wheat allergy

    Katelyn September 26, 2013 AT 1:31 pm
  • Am attempting to go grain-free because of digestive troubles. Would love to have a cookbook to help in this venture.

    Stephanie W September 26, 2013 AT 3:08 pm
  • We are gluten free (along with a host of other things) and have often considered going grain free in an effort to heal some leaky gut issues in our household. Very interested in cutting back on grains and possibly eliminating them at some point, and I’m sure this book would help with that a ton. Sounds like a really lovely cookbook!

    Kristin @ Intrepid Murmurings September 27, 2013 AT 11:33 am
  • We are currently (mostly) gluten and dairy free. However, the best I felt was when I was grain free for a few months, so I really really want to get back to that and would LOVE to have ideas to make it a bit more easier to do with kiddos.

    Lauren D September 27, 2013 AT 11:39 am
  • Our family has been grain free for 6 months. We need new recipes. Excited for this cookbook!

    Jenni Bailey September 27, 2013 AT 1:36 pm
  • Been grain free for 2 months, couldn’t feel better!!

    Tracy September 27, 2013 AT 3:47 pm
  • I recently found out I was gluten intolerant, I am looking for new ideas!

    Emily September 27, 2013 AT 4:04 pm
  • My husband and I had allergy testing done on my oldest daughter, that was 9 months old at the time, due to constant rashes on her body and allergic reactions. We found out that she was allergic to eggs. So I modified all our meals to be egg free so that she could eat the same foods as us. At 22 months old, she got a really nasty rash on her face that wouldn’t go away. Her face had been broken out for 3 months and so we had some more allergy testing done on her and found out that she is allergic to dairy also. So I had to make some more modifications to our diet to make recipes not containing egg or dairy, which was tough at first, but I am use to it now. Sometimes I have such a hard time coming up with meal ideas that don’t contain egg or dairy and I have been considering going grain free for a while for my families health and because I know it would also help my family and I feel better and help my husband and I lose some extra weight. We are already on a whole foods diet and have been for over a year and I notice the weeks we eat more grains, that our weight also goes up. I would love to have a good cookbook that I can get ideas from and to help me with meal ideas that my oldest daughter can eat also!

    Jennifer September 27, 2013 AT 4:34 pm
  • This book looks like something that would be super helpful right now. I’ve been trying to eat grain-free for 3 months, but it has been hard finding recipes that my 3 kids are on board with. I’m eager to check it out~

    Tami September 27, 2013 AT 4:36 pm
  • This would be awesome. We are teaching my daughter to cook and are working to get away from processed foods.

    Gina September 27, 2013 AT 6:20 pm
  • Love the name and look forward to learning some grain free meals.

    Cynthia September 27, 2013 AT 7:06 pm
  • I’ve gone gluten free and would love to find some good family-friendly recipes to go grain free. The cookbook looks great!

    Kristin September 28, 2013 AT 7:13 am
  • We initially went grain free to further heal my small daughter’s gut after discovering she had Celiac Disease. I checked this cookbook out from the library and there are so many things I want to try and the ones I have are fabulous!!

    Lisa Rickman September 28, 2013 AT 8:41 am
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