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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing (21 Aug 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 162860042X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1628600421
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Food blogger and author of the New York Times best-selling cookbook, "Against All Grain "(www.againstallgrain.com), Danielle Walker, is the new face of grain-free cooking. A self-trained chef, Danielle tempts a range of appetites with her innovative, accessible Paleo-influenced recipes that are not only healthy and delicious, but are also credited for saving her life. Paying homage to the dishes she loved from her pre-Paleo days, she imaginatively recreates all of her favorites without grains, gluten and most times, dairy. A Diagnosis and DecisionFor months, Danielle suffered from drastic weight loss, joint pain and malnutrition. After countless doctor visits, she was diagnosed with a severe form of Ulcerative Colitis at age 22, just two months after getting married. Despite her expansive array of medications and prednisone steroids, Danielle found herself hospitalized numerous times each year, admitted repeatedly for multiple blood transfusions due to morbidly low hemoglobin levels. Left with a choice between surgery or a life-long weekly treatment with harsh side effects, Danielle began her own research to explore other options. A friend's success on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) led Danielle to give it a try, only eating grain-free, sugar-free, starch-free, and unprocessed foods. Although no doctor would support a dietary change as a part of her treatment, Danielle realized that she could take things into her own hands to achieve real results. Cooking by Necessity Danielle noticed improvement, but committing to a new, drastically different diet was not easy. When her son was just 9 months old, she had an extreme setback which caused her to be hospitalized yet again and required multiple blood transfusions. She began eliminating more food groups including grains, lactose and legumes, following a plan that closely mimicked the Paleo diet. Seeing drastic progress after just 48 hours, Danielle began dedicating her free time to creating delicious comfort foods that could be enjoyed on a restricted diet. She focuses on flavors and textures, refusing to feel deprived despite her limited food choices. Sharing her SuccessDanielle started her blog, Against All Grain, to help others suffering from similar ailments continue to enjoy food. Her recipes are all entirely grain-free, and consequently gluten-free, free of refined sugars, and minimal to no dairy. Most are appropriate for those following the Paleo, Primal, SCD, GAPS, and gluten-free lifestyles, and more. With her acquired culinary skills, love for food, and an equal love for journalism, she has become a source of hope for others suffering from similar allergies and autoimmune diseases. Coveting a large, but loyal following on her blog, Danielle expanded beyond the internet and released her first cookbook, "Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great," in July 2013. With a large social media and blog following, Danielle has become a beacon of hope in the food community. Danielle lives in San Francisco with her husband and son.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bambi on 7 Sep 2014
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What a truly beautiful book! I have been struggling to stay paleo as I'm not preparing ahead. With the 8-week plan in this amazing book I will be able to do this. I've just used the shopping list for week one and can't wait to get started. Thank you Danielle!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Aug 2014
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I just recieved my copy today and i'm so excited to start testing out the recipes. They all look beautiful and easy to make. I have Danielle's first book which I love but this book is impressive and very user friendly. Highly recommend ☺
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I love Danielle's first book and treat it as a primer to Paleo food creation. This one is just a modest follow up when compared to Agaist All The Grains.
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I have use this since the day it arrived, and have now given it to a friend who was interested. So have had to reorder it again!
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Menus, lists and more! 5 Sep 2014
By Candy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have so many things to say about this cookbook but I'll start with my favorite aspect and the reason I'm giving 4 stars.

Con: It is simple. Upon first receiving it and glancing through it I was a little disappointed that it seemed sparse and recipes for mayonnaise, cauli-rice and chicken stock stuck out at me. Roughly just over 100 recipes and some of them very basic. I understand why the basics are in here but I didn't expect so much beginner 'education' in a second cookbook. Seems like those of us buying it would be familiar with paleo terms/shopping already. However, as is my custom, I read through it cover to cover and that is where the real value of this book comes out.

Favorite: Those few reviewers that are unhappy with this book aren't realizing that the real value is in the unbelievable amount of time and work that Ms. Walker put into making 8 weeks of meal plans! If anyone has tried to do this on their own they'll really understand how valuable this is. We're talking 8 weeks of coordinated recipes, 8 weeks of shopping list and elaborate recipe indexes. This book is a two month meal plan and yet also a fully functioning cookbook. These recipes all work together, and leftovers are designed to be used in a new recipe (if desired). No longer do you have to open a can of coconut milk and hope the reminder doesn't go to waste, she accounts for so many of the little details like that.

So far each of the recipes I've tried have been wonderful. Actually, every recipe I've tried of Danielle Walker's has been wonderful. Tried and true. To elaborate, here are the things I love about this book:
- meal plan with shopping lists
- indexes! By ingredients, meal type, allergens/dietary preference, time/one-pot/crock-pot and a photo index
- tear-out menu plans and shopping lists. I'm telling you she thought of everything! The tear out pages are duplicates, so people like me who normally wouldn't use them for fear of losing the info. The fact that they're duplicated means I'm more likely to use them.
- more nut free recipes! I'm not allergic but I don't like all the phytic acid in nuts and there are several almonds worth in a few tablespoons of almond flour.
- the photos are great, and I appreciate that each recipe has one
- although advanced cooks might not need a lot of the filler in this book, I appreciate that I can recommend this book to anyone beginner or veteran and both will find benefit.
- again, I'm so impressed with the coordination and organization of this book. It's so elaborate and yet everything can stand alone too. There is so much time put into this cookbook.
- storage tips. I love that she tells you how long things keep in both the fridge and freezer
- nutritional info for every recipe

On a personal note, I love the dedication to her daughter Aila. I love that this book is a celebration of her short life and that she lives on in all our hearts and kitchens as we enjoy the fruit of their labor together.
48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Favorite recipes from my favorite Paleo chef. A must-have for your kitchen! 2 Sep 2014
By Tooncesmom - Published on Amazon.com
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One of my go-to cookbooks is Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain. In her new book, Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple, she has added even more mouthwatering delights for the Paleo chef.

Danielle was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at twenty-two, and she spent years in and out of hospitals and taking some heavy-duty prescriptions for her condition until she’d had enough. Medical science wasn’t helping her, so she took matters into her own hands and experimented with diet. By eliminating gluten, grains, dairy and legumes, she transformed her health. So successful was she that she started a blog to help others. And so, out of that hugely successful blog, sprang the idea of creating her first cookbook.

Now we have book two, lavishly photographed by Danielle herself and filled with tasty recipes your family will love. There are recipes for quick weeknight meals, slow cooker dishes and ways to create new meals from leftovers.

Danielle shows how to protect the budget by purchasing larger cuts of meat, the whole bird instead of parts and by buying in bulk. She suggests buying online as well. I live in an area where most of the items I need are available locally, but often I purchase online to save. She’s included a Paleo cheat sheet that shows which foods to eat and which to avoid.

Meals Made Simple includes a photo section with 8 weeks of meal plans and makes finding a particular recipe easy peasy. Her Overnight Breakfast Casserole (p. 62) is scrumptious. A bit like a frittata, it contains yellow onions, white sweet potatoes, bacon, bell peppers and eggs.

My favorite dinner recipe is the Ropa Vieja (p. 158). This is a slow cooker recipe with little prep. Danielle uses flank steak in hers, but I found grass-fed tri-tip a bit more economical and it also has the marvelous shredding quality of flank steak. I made this three times already with amazing results. Tip: it’s even more flavorful the second day. The Mediterranean Braised Lamb (p. 176), another slow cooker entrée, is also superb and uses the cheaper cut of lamb shoulder. Also, it can be made ahead and reheated, and it’s perfect for the Greek Salad on p. 110. I served mine with roasted golden beets. Creamy Dill Salmon is next on my list of dishes as soon as I find a nice fillet of wild-caught salmon. I like that it roasts a few minutes in a hot oven and love that I can make the sauce while the salmon is ready to pop into the preheated oven.

I made the barbecue sauce (p. 250) to serve with burgers and Danielle’s cashew flour buns from her first book. The meal was superb, and the bun halves make a pretty nice breakfast toast.

Lastly, Danielle’s Meyer Lemon Curd Cakes (p. 276) are to die for. My all-time favorite dessert is Lemon Sponge, a British treat that’s bursting with lemony goodness, but loaded with sugar. Well, I no longer have to deprive myself of this delectable sweet because these honey-sweetened delights are good for you and contain far less sweetening than my old standby. In truth, I would have bought Danielle’s book for this recipe alone, but it contains so much more. Danielle Walker is a woman and a chef after my own heart. Pick up a copy of this book; you won’t be disappointed. It releases on Tuesday September 2nd, and the copy I ordered for my daughter-in-law is on its way.
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Simply Divine 5 Sep 2014
By PinkGirl - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, I can't believe anyone is complaining that many of the recipes are "simple." The book is called Meals Made SIMPLE. That's the point. So many paleo recipes require hours and hours of prep time. It's nice to have a meal plan to follow that will doesn't require an entire day to put together and gives you tips on what can be re-purposed for other recipes. Danielle's recipes always come out delicious no matter how simple or complex they may be. I also appreciate that she offers suggestions for substitutions and time saving tips. This was a great follow-up to her first book.
42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Let's see how simple we can make this! 3 Sep 2014
By monine - Published on Amazon.com
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The intended audience for the book is those who need help in planning and executing meals for the long run. I would fit into that category and am so grateful to have it thought out for me. I am not an organizer or a good cook. Cooking and planning meals overwhelms me because of all the brain work necessary. We have 3 different special diets in our house. I can juggle them all with her recipes and only have to fix one version of a meal not 3. (She provides lists for substitutions and lists for which recipes include eggs etc.) I am weary of looking up recipes on the internet and trying to make up a menu with 3 different diets! Not that I haven't tried.

So with the help of this book I have made delicious simple meals that are full of flavor and with built in ideas for the left overs. Danielle understands those of us that have low energy and need it all just made simple.

My family likes the recipes. For instance: The roast chicken is gourmet. We had it for a family gathering tonight. I use the bread recipe from her other book for sandwiches for lunch tomorrow. I have been following the week 2 menu for about 10 days now and I am able to get a meal on the table on time and everyone can eat the same food. Our son with the worst allergies frequently comments how much he likes just eating everything with everyone else. He volunteers to help me get the meals ready now! So I have simply put our whole family on the Paleo diet allergies or not to simplify my life and it is working.

This book is a game changer for our family. Plug it in and run! I love that we can all sit down together for dinner and all eat the same thing. It is simple enough I am going to give the kids each their own night to cook and have them learn how to cook for themselves too!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Make-ahead leftovers and next-meal ingredients - Streamline your weekly cooking and actually use up what you buy! 17 Sep 2014
By S. London - Published on Amazon.com
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This is just what I was looking for! I have a host of paleo cookbooks that I love, but there are times you use part of a can of coconut milk or partial bunch of herbs or other ingredients... Rather than let it go to waste, use them and purposely-made extra proteins in meals later in the week. I love the idea of making things ahead to lessen prep time in the kitchen during the week and simplify my cooking. I rarely eat out these days and I enjoy cooking, but faster is always better as long as there are great flavors involved - so I looked forward to this book!!

Before I mention the things I have cooked so far, I want to add that this is a great first-time paleo book to folks starting out, due to the shopping lists, paleo eating tip tear-out sheet, and other guides with helpful information. The photos with weekly recipes and indexes and such also make the book very handy. If someone new to this way of eating asks, I will refer them to this book and NomNomPaleo for a great starting place to cover the basics with delicious results.

So, the first recipe I have tried is the maple-dijon pork loin, followed by the white pork chili. BOTH are amazing. My tips - make DOUBLE the pork loin marinade, because you use the excess marinade for a sauce on an accompanying salad and over the pork loin. That sauce is delicious and I'd wished I had doubled the recipe! (I will next time). The 2 pork loins I got fed 4 for dinner (1 loin), 2 people for lunch the next day (yummers!), and the remainder cubed for the white pork chili. As it turns out, I wasn't ready to use the leftovers right away so I froze the cubes for a few days. Today for lunch, I made the white pork chili and hubby and I know that both these recipes will be in frequent rotation at our house! Even though I had not prepped ahead I had lunch ready to go in about half an hour or so.

She suggests cutting up the veggies the night before - I was too lazy last night, but next time out I will be sure to do that. If you don't have it all ready to go, I highly suggest cutting everything before cooking because once things start going in the pot you will not have time. I could not find poblano peppers so I consulted the Scoville scale on the internet to see where the various peppers I did have at the grocery store fell on the chart versus a poblano. I got another variety, and tasted a chunk of it chopping to see its heat level. I do not have a dairy problem so I subbed heavy cream for the cashew milk/butter with excellent results. The photo shows the chili garnished with cilantro (though there is no cilantro in the recipe) so I added that as a garnish when serving to make it look nice (and it adds a nice flavor).

This recipe made us 2 bowls each for lunch (oh yeah we both went back for more) and it's going to be lunch tomorrow too. I used my own chicken stock that I'd crockpotted from some whole organic chicken carcasses (though it didn't have all the other flavors in it that her stock recipe does, it came out great anyway). I am eager to try more recipes from this cookbook so we will be working our way through it in the months to come. Danielle, my dear, you have a winner here!
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