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!

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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. 

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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. 

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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:

Review posts are my opinions on items that were sent to me free of charge. The items were given to me, but the thoughts and opinions are my own. I only provide reviews of items that I find to be truly worthy of recommendation.

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

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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?

    • 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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~

  23. 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!!

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