Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Book Review and Giveaway: Against All Grain by Danielle Walker

I've known Danielle from Against All Grain for some time now and I can honestly say that I am consistently surprised and awed by her seemingly limitless talent and creativity. Her food creations somehow manage to be equal parts comforting, elegant, exotic and accessible, and the way she captures all that on film (or pixel) is simply stunning.

In her new cook book, Against All Grain, Danielle lays out a sumptuous, exciting and adventurous feast for the taking. From down home dishes like grain free lasagna (yes I said lasagna!), chicken noodle soup and meatloaf, to decidedly more exotic fare like Korean Beef Noodles, Indian Spiced Pork Roast and Macadamia-Coconut Crusted Ono w/Mango coulis, this book has something for quite literally everyone!

So whether you're an adventurous person by nature, or more of a "meat and potatoes" type, the Against All Grain cookbook has, without a doubt, exactly what you're craving on any given day.

When it came time for this review it was a no-brainer for me: I had to make one of Danielle's lovely desserts. By now you all know how I LOVE my sweet treats....so if I'm not going to make one of my own you can bet that the first place I go to is one of Danielle's desserts. This particular recipe has been calling my name and let me tell you......it did not disappoint

One of the things that I love about opening a new cookbook is discovering another wide "sea" of recipe options, all laid out and ready to be explored. One of my favorite things to do is flip through a new book and do a "mash up" recipe (shout out to all you Glee fans). 

So since I've been taking a bit of a break from nuts lately, I decided to take Danielle's Black-Bottom Banana Cream Pie, subtract the crust (though I can say from previous experience, this crust is amazing), layered all the "pie" fillings into trifle dishes and let them chill till set. For the topping I decided to switch out this recipe's Coconut Milk Whipped Cream for Danielle's amazing Italian Meringue Frosting. 

Bottom line, this "mash up" was a big time winner at our place: It was DELISH! And I have to say that the Italian Meringue Frosting, which can sometimes be tricky, was To-Die-For and ultra simple. She says it's no-fail....and she did not lie.

Even though you already know this (and it should go without saying), I'll go ahead and say it anyway: You need to buy the Against All Grain cookbook. It is gorgeous, full of amazing recipes, and offers you an incredibly wide selection of dishes, deserts and ethnic cuisines. I mean seriously, you could eat exclusively from this book for the next year and never run out of amazing options that are guaranteed to please literally everyone. 

So don't wait. Get it today! 

You can enter to win a copy below, or you can purchase yours right now by clicking this link.

a Rafflecopter giveaway (I recommend doing both. This book will make the PERFECT gift)


  1. New to Paleo and your site (love) and very excited to get this book!!

  2. That dessert looks AHHmazing!

  3. My sweet tooth is very very interested. Thanks for hosting this awesome giveaway!

  4. I had never heard of her nor her book until a few days ago, when a friend was super excited about it and told me to check it out. Now I see why all the commotion, cannot wait to read it and try out recipes for not one but two celiac kids, one of whom will be a foreign student we are hosting from overseas. Great timing! :-)

  5. Love your creativity even within a cookbooks recipes. I love taking cues frm other cooks and making my own from their direction. Seems we are of a similar mind! Love your photography!!!!

  6. I'm so glad that I found your blog! Recently diagnosed with celiacs (having to be completely grain free and on top of that dairy free) you have really given me hope that there is great food to cook out there and I don't have to live on fruits/veg and fish for every meal :)
    Just bought this book and I can't wait to read it too!