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Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great

4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  1,786 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Having battled an autoimmune disease the modern-medicine way for many years, Danielle Walker took matters into her own hands and set out to regain her health through the medicine of food. After four years of turning her kitchen into a laboratory for revamping her culinary point of view, Danielle mastered the art of grain- and dairy-free cooking—and improved her w ...more
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Published July 30th 2013 by Victory Belt Publishing
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Let me begin by clarifying that I am not now nor ever will be a proponent of the Paleo diet. In my opinion it is a diet that rather defies logic but as someone who has experienced extreme discomfort from the foods commonly found in most diets I can completely understand and sympathize with the need to do something that will bring relief. I have had to rid my diet of all gluten, dairy, sugar and processed foods which brings me to why I enjoyed this cookbook despite the fact that I bought it as a ...more
Venturing into a Paleo diet, this happened to be my first cookbook. I enjoy having an actual book to thumb through so I don't always have to hop online and search the blogs. I'm also learning that different Paleo books/blogs vary on what ingredients they use and/or what they allow. I'm focusing on sugar-free, grain-free, and dairy-free more than just "caveman" or "hunter/gatherer", then I hope to add back in raw and grass-fed dairy. One week in and we feel great--more energy, clarity, weight los ...more
Teresa Lukey
What a fantastic cookbook! For those of you looking to move to a more wholesome and healthy lifestyle, this is a great cookbook to help you on your way. I must tell you that I do not eat wheat, gluten, corn, sugar or processed foods as they cause me many issues including weight gain, chronic sinus infections, constant colds, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, joint pain, among other things. I do eat some grains, but not often as my husband has gout issues that require him to eliminate all gra ...more
Alexis Asbe
A true love story recipe for all of us.... Simple small town girl changes the world with her testimony. Danielle Walker shows up being exactly who she is; one of US! A real girl; self taught cook and photographer, wife, mother, daughter and girlfriend who finds herself in the midst of a painful disease and through her biggest struggle delivers healing and hope for many. Inspirational in an unassuming, humble, grass roots kind of way, I find the simplicity and clear almost basic nature of the rec ...more
Suzanne Barrett
Having switched to a primal/paleo lifestyle in 2012, I’m always looking for cookbooks that sup-port this eating plan. Some have been better than others. Danielle Walker scores high marks for Against all Grain. Not only is this a beautifully photographed work of art, the recipes are delec-table, too. Danielle, who struggled for years with debilitating ulcerative colitis, gives a bit of her background and how her debut book came into being. She covers many topics in a friendly and informative mann ...more
Amy Handegard
When I first met Danielle, I was living in Kona and she dropped off a batch of the "Spiced Pumpkin Muffins" (see page 228). She cut them to be "sample size" but little did I know when I grabbed that delicious piece of heaven, that my life would be forever changed. I think I ended up eating all the samples in the most selfish way possible.

Danielle has a way of introducing a new style of eating with incredible ease. Her recipes are vibrant and packed with flavor, easily making each food item the
Feb 02, 2014 Bonnie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in paleo or gluten-free cooking and baking
I enjoyed this book so much. The recipes are so enticing (although a little laborious) that I've had the book 3 days and already made 3 recipes from it. I know that following the Paleo diet would be a lot harder/more miserable if I didn't have this on hand.
Beautiful pictures. Lots of great ideas for Paleo and other special diets.
Most of the recipes are new (i.e. not published on her blog) and unique ideas.

Overall I found the recipes could have been written more clearly more concisely.

Some of the recipes require special equipment such as a dehydrator and an ice-cream maker. While this isn't necessary a bad thing, the need for special equipment should be highlighted at the top of the recipe and not buried in the directions.

The index is
Feb 13, 2014 Cynthia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those interested in expanding their Paleo recipe base
The only reason I didn't give this cookbook five stars is because it lacked the nutritional values for the recipes. I'm beginning to think this may not be important to Paleo enthusiasts. However, those values are important to a large number of people that cook.

This is a very colorful book. I like that it had a picture for every recipe; rarely, do you find that in a cookbook. Before delving into the recipes, Ms. Walker briefly explains the ingredients and equipment used with cute illustrations. T
I'm currently going off gluten for a bit and low grain overall, but I don't have the serious food allergy problems as does the author. If you want to go dairy, gluten, and grain free, this is a great book-- if you like to cook, because the recipes here are quite nice. The recipes run the whole range from salad dressings, appetizers, bread, sides, main dishes and desserts. She uses coconut flour - almond flour, and coconut oil in place of gluten free flours. The illustrations are beautiful. Dishe ...more
Jan 27, 2015 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars
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This is a terrific guide for those transitioning from a more standard American diet to a whole foods diet, especially a Paleo diet. The introduction, shopping guide, ingredients and tools descriptions are all super helpful as a gluten-free (especially grain free) pantry and dairy-free refrigerator do not look anything like the typical stores most people are used to. Walker makes these things seem accessible and her whole book gives you confidence that you too can make the transition to grain-fre ...more
I asked for this book for Christmas based on the reviews, particularly of the recipe for sandwich bread. I haven't yet tried that recipe - I'm currently doing my first Whole30, which means no paleo-fied baked goods - but it looks fantastic, as do the many other recipes for baked goods. I'm especially excited to see Paleo versions of two of my family's favorite treats - Orange-Cranberry Muffins and Pumpkin Muffins. I will definitely be trying these (along with the bread recipe and the waffles rec ...more
I love everything about this gorgeous cookbook! I've been gluten-free for four years and needed this boost in recipes, ingredients and meal planning. Cannot wait for Danielle's second book!
This is a great cookbook. The breads are delicious and don't at all taste like most gluten-free bread. They take a bit of work, but they are worth it.

A lot of paleo or gluten-free cookbooks have all these pretentious and difficult recipes that I can't ever imagine making, and this book isn't like that. It even has a kid-friendly sections with plenty of recipes that I myself would want to eat.

Not only is this book filled with a ton of appetizing recipes, it also includes helpful sections that de
Carol Kowalski
This cookbook has become my newest favorite for gluten-free / casein-free dishes that are deliciously simple to toss together :). I love the quality binding, full-color photos, built in tabs on front and back work beautifully as bookmarks ;). The full menu ideas are fabulous! I highly recommend this to all friends who are grain-free, gluten-free, casein-free, or simply seeking a healthier diet :). Simply fabulous! The best part -- every recipe I've made from this cookbook have been knockout hits ...more
I wish there was a bookshelf called 'using.'
Against All Grains Cookbook doesn't list nutritional values which is a downside for me. I'd like to know how many calories, how much protein and sugars to enter into the MyFitnessPal app.

All the recipes in the book are Paleo, gluten free and dairy free. The recipes are easy to follow and what I've tried so far can't be described using the word "lacking." Walker's recipes make you no longer care that your food has to be made differently.

If you need to
This book is beautiful. The photos, the layout and design and recipes...all of it! So many delicious looking recipes to choose from you may never get bored. Each recipe has their own photo and tells you prep time, cooking time and yield. The beginning of each section (example: soups, salads and sides) has a list of the recipes in that section and their page number and next to the recipe title it states whether the recipe is egg-free, nut-free, vegan or specific carbohydrate diet or a combination ...more
Oct 13, 2014 Tracey rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
cookbook/grain-free, dairy-free. A friend requested this for me but I didn't find much use for it--Danielle's restrictive diet (for her serious medical condition) is at odds with mine (I have a nut intolerance and she relies heavily on almonds and almond flour). So, if you are able to enjoy things made with almond flour (and coconut flour) please check this out from your library (or check out Danielle's food blog)--even if you intend to buy your own copy, it's always a good idea to check it out ...more
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Madeleine - 4 stars
First off, I love me a cookbook with pictures for every recipe and Walker takes delicious pictures of her food. = 5 stars
I was put off that it was apparently not enough to have a cookbook with no grain but we also had to do no dairy. Maybe it’s enough to just have no grain? But it’s simple enough to switch back in the dairy she’s contorting herself to remove.
THE RECIPES: You’d better already know how to cook because the recipes I tried were missing
Carol Valenzuela
I have had the honor of watching (and sampling) Danielle's creation of her amazing recipes. Her passion for creating tasty food for her limited diet requirements is inspiring. In her desire to create delicious Paleo, grain free meals has also helped others with similar diseases enjoy food again. I have made several of Danielle's recipes from her cookbook and website and have never been disappointed. My family is not grain free although I do feel healthier when I eat that way, so I make the meals ...more
This cookbook is well organized and full of useful information. The food photography is excellent and I appreciate that the information on the page is easy to access and read. The format of ingredient lists and numbered steps in the method make the recipes user friendly. I am new to this kind of cooking so appreciate the tips and the nutritional guidance. I am looking forward to cooking with new ingredients and hope that my product will taste as good as those pictures look.
I have tried several of these recipes. They are so good! I love the blueberry waffles. Danielle does use maple syrup and honey in her recipes. I am trying not to eat sugar in any form so I just left it out and it still tasted great. I did learn the difference between almond flour and almond meal and many other things about not baking with grain. The illustrations are great and really make you want to cook the dishes. The dishes aren't complicated with the exception of a few desserts. This is a c ...more
Beautiful pictures, great information and recipes are delicious. The first recipe I tried was the pear - berry crisp on page 44. Delicious! Sweet and tart with a crunchy topping. This one I will make again and again. Just made the vanilla-almond granola on p56 and I can't stop eating it. I shared some with the girls at work and everyone wanted the recipe. Try the chocolate chip cookies on page 258. So far the best almond flour chocolate chip cookie I have tried. Recently made the snickerdoodle c ...more
I have yet to cook anything in here that was not "guest-worthy," as my husband states it. This is not defined as a paleo cookbook, but it goes well with our new paleo lifestyle. Danielle Walker explains very well, in the beginning of the book, why "paleo" can mean many different things, and it will help you be able to define what a healthy lifestyle means for you. However, this book is mainly about the recipes and they are stellar!
For those on a grain-free eating plan, this is the cookbook you must have. I've tried dozens of the recipes and all are easy and delicious. I will say that many of the recipes have a long list of ingredients which might be intimidating to the novice (or shortcut seeking) cook.

I love the basic sandwich bread and the chocolate cake especially... they are excellent substitutes for the wheat versions.
Camilla Stacey
I love the recipes in this book! They are very tasty, sometimes maybe a little too tasty, but tasty none the less. I find the breads to not be as good, I don't know if I may be using the wrong kind of yeast, because that is all I can taste. main recipes are delicious and I made her hot chocolate for Christmas and it was delicious. I definitely recommend this book.
Alicia B.
One of THE best paleo cookbooks I've ever picked up. Easy to understand, with clear instructions. And the photos are amazing. Admittedly, I'm fond of this book as it was my first paleo cookbook. I haven't made all the recipes, but I can tell you that overall, this is a terrific, robust cookbook with several creative ideas within its pages.
Forrest Kuchling
it was very good, there was some foods i have never have thought. Everything was very good it even told you if it was dairy free or nut free and every thing in there was gluten free. Of course i made some changes or added a couple things but the food was amazing. I had a party with my family reunion and i cooked a spiced Parmesan crusted chicken. followed the recipe and it came out great everybody loved it!!! rate 9/10
Recipes I tried were alright.... Nothing awful but nothing amazing and heavy on coconut flavor. Since we don't have to exclude many of the grains, I'll likely opt for family recipes but once a year type of approach. (Though I did feel like super mom thinking of all the dense nutrition the goods had while my kids ate them!)
Kate Feathers
These recipes are awesome! After discovering that I would have to give up grains and eat a mostly Paleo or GAPS diet, I found this book and I love, love, love the recipes. Danielle Walker is a genius and she's brought back good home cooking to people who are maneuvering through eating well in this GMO and toxic world.
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