As a newly married 22-year-old, Danielle Walker should have been feeling her best—but instead she was suffering terribly from an illness multiple doctors and tests couldn’t figure out. She suffered through massive weight fluctuations, debilitating joint pain, and more, until, finally, she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, and she was able to find the path that would lead to healing. “My sickness ruled my life until I discovered that dietary changes could, in fact, make my symptoms subside,” Walker writes in her new book, Against All Grain Celebrations.
She adopted a Paleo diet, and eschewed all grains, a decision that would profoundly change her health, and her life. Inspired by her experience, she created a blog, Against All Grain, which became so popular that it led to two New York Times’ bestselling cookbooks, and a million followers on social media. A grain-free star was born.
The downside was that, post-diagnosis, Walker avoided hosting parties, fearful that her guests wouldn’t like her Paleo, gluten-free fare, or attending one as that annoying finicky guest. So she “set out to recreate all of my favorite celebratory dishes in an attempt to give myself and my readers the gift of food traditions and to banish deprivation during holidays and special occasions.”
The result is a gorgeous cookbook with 125 trustworthy, easy-to-prepare grain-free, dairy-free, gluten-free recipes for holidays and other celebrations: From a Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two (featuring Cabernet-Braised Short Ribs with Parsnip-Turnip Puree and a Salted Caramel-Chocolate Panna Cotta) to a Thanksgiving Feast (hello, Stuffing-Filled Turkey Breast with Vegetable Bacon Parcels and Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallots) and Birthday Party options (we’ll have the Red Velvet Cake with Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Frosting, please). No matter what the occasion, large or small, Walker will help satisfy everyone at your table, whether they have food allergies, don’t eat grains, or are just plain food lovers, with her delicious healthy remake of celebratory dishes.