Book Review: Against all Grain

Against All Grain book

This week I want to talk to you about a cookbook that I received for Christmas. Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great was definitely on my list, so I was super excited when I unwrapped it.

Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great is a recipe book that contains over 150 gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free recipes. So it’s great for anyone with gluten intolerance, anyone who is trying to eat Paleo or Primal, and it’s also great for people trying to cut their carb intake (note to low-carb people… remember that a Paleo treat is still a treat, so don’t have them every day!!)

The cookbook author, Danielle Walker, is a self-trained chef who battled autoimmune disease. She figured out that the way she was eating was making her health worse, so she cut out gluten, grains and dairy and her health improved.

Since Christmas, I’ve tried out many of the recipes and each one has turned out just fabulously (is “fabulously” even a word? Whatever, I like it.) It’s definitely a family-friendly cookbook with most of the ingredients being easy to find, and there’s even a chapter on kid-friendly foods. There’s a great introduction, with a thorough section on common ingredients and appliances used in the recipes.

One of my favourite features of this book is the excellent table of contents. There’s a regular TOC at the beginning of the book with chapter names and page numbers… but at the end of the book there is a recipe index, by chapter, with each recipe name, its page number, and a photograph of the dish. How smart! That means that at a glance I can quickly find the Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos that we have made a few times already.

Recipes we’ve tried:

Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos with Crepes (trust me, make the crepes. They’re not that difficult. And the first one is ALWAYS a flop. Keep going.)
Slow Cooker Sesame-Orange Chicken with Basic Cauli Rice
Slow Cooker Beef Chuck Chili (do NOT skip the last ingredient. It takes this recipe from “great” to “WOW!!!”)
World-Famous Sandwich Bread 

So, what have you been cooking lately? Do you have a recipe book that you’re reaching for more often than the others? Let me know in the comments below! If I get more than 20 people (that’s 20 different people!) commenting below by the end of the week, I’ll do a random draw and send someone their own copy of  Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great

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6 Comments

  1. Donna
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 11:03 | Permalink

    Sounds like an interesting book. I’m still trying to get used to you eating meat! I am reaching for Jillian Michaels Master Your Metabolism cookbook. The Roasted tomato and black bean soup is delish!

  2. Audrey Greenhill
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 18:52 | Permalink

    Sounds like a must have! Very important to eat healthy and to be able to find favorite recipes in a “go to” cookbook! Thanks for telling me about it!

  3. Posted January 27, 2014 at 23:16 | Permalink

    The book sounds very interesting. We may be in a bit of a rut with the same old recipes. My son is lactose intolerant so these recipes could help spice some things up!

  4. Sam
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 16:55 | Permalink

    Interested in looking at this. Do u know if it’s in one of our local book stores.

    • Natalie
      Posted January 28, 2014 at 17:02 | Permalink

      Hi Sam, I suspect the book I received for Christmas was purchased at McNally Robinson :-)

  5. Laurel Leiss
    Posted February 24, 2014 at 12:29 | Permalink

    The one that I reach for is Kim Wilson’s “Everyday Wholesome Eating.” My husband and I like her Chili recipe, and Banana Oat cookies. http://www.simplynaturalhealth.com
    My husband is currently an IIN student and shares what he finds interesting with me and others in the nutrition classes we teach.

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