Monday, December 1, 2014

Against all Grain: Meals Made Simple by Danielle Walker

from goodreads: With recipes that make cooking for the grain-free family both easy and enjoyable, Danielle Walker takes the guesswork out of meal planning with eight weeks' worth of dinner ideas, complete with full shopping lists and recipes for using up leftovers. Whether we're moms, students, or business owners, at the end of the day we all want fresh, home-cooked meals that are easy to prepare. And we want lots of variety. 

Preparing real foods can be time-consuming and monotonous, but Danielle brings both simplicity and creativity to the everyday meal with an enthusiasm for flavors and textures that are often lacking in easy weeknight dishes. Meals Made Simple includes a variety of slow cooker, one-pot, and thirty-minute meals, as well as ways to create entirely new dishes from leftovers.

This is my new favorite cookbook. I brought it home from the library just to look it over, and fell in love with it. My story mimics Danielle Walker's, where I needed to change my cooking and eating habits after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Switching to a gluten and dairy free diet has been at times overwhelming and frustrating, but this book actually makes it simple. Included in this book is an eight week menu plan with a shopping list. I am no longer spending hours searching for recipes and creating menu plans--this book takes the guesswork out of cooking! The recipes have all been fairly simple to make. I really appreciate not having to slave my day away in the kitchen. It has been so fun trying all these new recipes, and my family has loved each one.

Besides the menu plan, there are two other things about this book that I really appreciate. First, I love that I recognize ALL of the ingredients listed in her recipes. So often, I'll find a recipe I really want to try, but have to drive all over town just to find specific ingredients. So I really appreciate that I can buy all my ingredients in one place. Second, I really appreciate the way she has her menus organized. For example, the menus are set up in a way that the extra ingredients left over from meal one are used in meal three. I am saving money by not wasting any ingredients, and having my menus all planned out.

The design and pictures of this book are beautiful. Walker has done an amazing job putting all these recipes together, and I have learned so many new ways to cook food that will benefit my family. Over the weekend, I purchased two copies of this book--one for me, and one to give my mom for Christmas. I know she'll love it, too!

Rating: 5
Published: 9.2014

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