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

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  4,211 ratings  ·  166 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 well-being, ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Victory Belt Publishing
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Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, cookbooks, health
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
Teresa Lukey
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Heidi Strybos
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
it's a beautiful cookbook. The pictures are beautiful. I have decided after reading this book of though I will not be attempting the Paleo Diet. I like cheese too much. ...more
Suzanne Barrett
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Alexis Asbe
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
She does the "works for autism " thing and I need to clarify it. IFF your kid has diarrhea etc. 1st, no dairy is no casein protien. Includes modified milk solids. Remove instantly changes in 48hrs. Gluten takes 3 mths and must be weaned out. It is not a cure, it removes the IBS, daily nightmare , night terror , the stoned... where they trip all the time and never put their hands out. Normal tummies . ... nada. Returning to these foods they must be weaned back in . ... tiny bit at a time.

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Jun 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I literally want to try every single recipe in this book. Going to put this one on my to-buy list.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Having just been told I need to be dairy-free, gluten-free, tomato-free, and chocolate-free (so far), many Paleo recipes meet the bill. I like reading about Danielle's story about her autoimmune issues and healing herself through food. I'm less likely to embrace a food lifestyle if it's the "latest thing." I'm looking forward to working my way through this cookbook. ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked this up when it was on sale on Amazon. Very informative and well written. It explained why you'd use certain ingredients rather than just telling you. ...more
Claire Sheats
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Similar to her other books but still great. A diverse selection of menu items and all paleo.
Amanda Taddey
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’m starting to experiment with a much more “clean” diet, less processed and eliminating some common triggers. Danielle breaks down Paleo specifically in this cookbook. I especially enjoyed the extras in this book explaining some common ingredients she uses that are a little off the beaten path for those who haven’t cooked this way before.

I’ve made quite a few of the recipes in this book and so far have not had one I didn’t enjoy. The blueberry waffles are so good and comparable to gluten-made
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbook
This is a gorgeous cookbook with a color photo for every recipe, but it uses a lot of coconut products, which I can't do. The recipes are based on Walker's personal version of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, and so many of them are still suitable for that diet, and the whole book is grain and dairy free, as well as free of refined sugars. The table of contents for each chapter tells you if a recipe is nut free, egg free, vegan, or fit for SCD.

Walker uses palm oil shortening as well as coconut oi
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in paleo or gluten-free cooking and baking
Shelves: cooking
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. ...more
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
The best gluten free recipes. Paleo is the way to go if you looking for a healthy more energetic life.
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While I have not made every single recipe in this book due to different food allergies and taste preferences, I have tried a lot and have enjoyed just about all of them! My favorites in this book thus far are the Pulled Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches with Coleslaw and the Korean Beef Noodle Bowls. I have made them multiple times for multiple families and they all rave about them! One thing I absolutely LOVE about Danielle's books is that she has a picture for every single recipe; I have never owned ...more
Rachel Teferet
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cookbooks
Holy smokes, this cookbook is out of control amazing! I found it at the library book sale for like a dollar, and it’s probably one of the best cookbooks I found for Paleo. Gorgeous illustrations, innovative recipes I haven’t seen anywhere else, and a stellar dessert section! The only minus is that a lot of the recipes are a little labor-intensive and complicated, but there’s such a variety to choose from that there are plenty of simpler recipes to do, saving the more complicated ones for special ...more
Tami Barrett
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great cookbook. Only reason for giving it 4 stars and not 5 is because there are several recipes that would never be used (and most likely wouldn't be by the average person) because of hard-to-find ingredients. The author does a very good job explaining a gluten free, sugar free, grain free lifestyle. I would recommend it for people who want to go above and beyond Keto and/or Paleo. ...more
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Although this is a very American cookbook and I was a bot weary over the idea of Paleo recipes I can't help myself being inspired and wanting to try many of the recipes. They look delicious and most of them also seem reasonable easy to prepare. Danielle Walker has thought of non-Americans too as in the back there is an extended conversions and constitutions chart, which is very helpful. She also included ways of combining the recipes for different occasions. ...more
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Danielle’s story is so inspiring and similar to my own health struggles so I felt a connection to her immediately. She has a passion for finding alternatives so that she can nourish her body appropriately. I admire her creativity and her recipes are extremely thoughtful, albeit often time consuming. This cookbook isn’t a “fad” cookbook but rather a nutrition lifestyle, inspired by authenticity.
Diane Fogel
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is going on my wish list!! I already own her Danielle Walker's Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime book, and love it. I checked this one out of the library and its even better that the meals made simple book. Definitely a must have, and the food is so much tastier than the gluten free recipes I've tried!!!! ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Danielle Walker's Cookbooks are among my absolute favorites. Her recipes are so delicious! All are gluten free and you won't even miss it.

Just made the Zucchini Bread and am now working in her banana bread.

The Chuck Chili is divine.

I have all of her cookbooks and will continue to buy if she continues to create them.
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
These recipes are wonderful! There were many hits for my hungry family of 5! When I have 3 kids willing to eat it without a snubbed nose, I know its good! This cookbook has been my go to and do have ours pages folded for our favorites!
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love it. So many awesome recipes in here that 1. aren't difficult/don't require tons of ingredients and steps (my main requirement for a recipe) and 2. look delicious. ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
gorgeous photography & delicious recipes!
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Delicious comfort food recipes that are simple to make and are crowd pleasers.
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