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. Read more...
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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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-08-15
- Reviewer: Staff
Walker (Against All Grain), whose need for dietary restrictions led to a personal culinary journey, refashions celebratory dishes for 12 yearly occasions. In 125 recipes, Walker show cooks how to prepare holiday favorites while meeting paleo-style requirements, transforming them into something as treasured as any traditional dish. The year of special event party menus begins with all-night New Year's Eve nibbles such as maple-chili-glazed shrimp wrapped in prosciutto and a cranberry-festooned red wine gimlet cocktail. The "Game Day" section serves up gluten- and dairy-free Buffalo wings and cauliflower bites, green chile chicken soup, and football-shaped whoopie pies. There's a romantic dinner for two of short ribs braised in cabernet and kid-friendly heart-shaped treats for Valentine's Day. An Easter brunch features leg of lamb with lavender-rosemary bouquet, asparagus prosciutto tart, and honey- and blood orange–glazed ham. Mother's and Father's Day, baby and bridal showers, birthday parties, Halloween,Thanksgiving, and Christmas menus present classic dishes, modified but still full of flavor. Walker provides a special diet index, glossary of ingredients and substitutions, and paleo basics (sauces, pastry, stocks, and dressings) with "tidbits" on storage and uses. (Sept.)