LidiaT_ND - 3 years ago
Danielle Walker continues to exceed expectations with her newest cookbook, Celebrations! I was fortunate to receive an early release copy and have been busy cooking. Our family does not have to follow a restrictive diet due to health concerns, but we all feel better eating gluten-free, and Danielle's previous books have been favorites to cook from. With Celebrations, she invites us to peek into her family traditions and provides recipes for year-round holidays and special occasions in our life. This book is by no means only for people following restrictive diets, rather it would be a treasure for any kitchen, with easy to make whole foods recipes to keep your family healthy and thriving! The photography and design are gorgeous! This is not new to Danielle's work, but when I thought a cookbook couldn't get any prettier, here comes Celebrations, and I'm in love! *The book lays flat - user friendly! If you're familiar with Danielle's first two books, Against All Grain and Meals Made Simple, you already know she includes useful 'tidbits' and 'make-ahead tips' with many recipes. *She continues the trend in Celebrations with most recipes featuring a 'make it ahead' section. I find this useful when planning a larger meal or when faced with upcoming busy days. When considering cooking for the holidays or special celebrations, being able to know what can be made ahead can be a literal life saver! *Each recipe has a picture of the finished product, which I love <3 *A general index organized by main ingredient as well as name of recipe can be found at the end of the book. *The 'special diets index' which includes Egg-free, Nut-free, Nightshade-free and SCD/GAPS diets, provides a quick reference for anyone looking for a recipe that fits their restrictions. *A recipe index divided into Breakfast, Starters, Soups, Salads, Sides, Mains, Desserts, Beverages and Basics offers all recipes within a certain category at a glance. *Very useful conversion charts are also provided for different flours, fats, as well as liquid/volume and dry weight measurements. *I love the in-depth 'ingredient glossary and substitutions' section found at the beginning of the book. Danielle covers some of her more commonly used ingredients and where to find them. Armed with this knowledge, you'll feel like an insider. *Also found at the beginning of the book, the short list of 'kitchen gear' will help anyone check and make sure they're set-up to cook through this entire book. These last weeks, our home was filled with wonderful new aromas as I cooked my way through some of Celebrations. Here are the recipes I tested: Green Chile Chicken Soup - page 58 - in our crockpot right now, yum! Heirloom Tomato, Watermelon, and Basil Salad - page 168 Skillet "Corn" Bread - page 131 - already made it 3 times! Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower - page 238 Knife-and-Fork Pork Ribs - page 124 - I used beef short ribs instead - great result! Blackened Salmon with Stone-Fruit Salsa - page 177 - OUTSTANDING! Lemon Bars - page 117 - custardy goodness and absolutely gorgeous Peach Cobbler - page 132 - I substituted nectarines which made it perhaps less juicy, but the flavor was incredible. Using peaches next time :) Christmas Fudge - page 312 - already made twice (perfect as a home-made christmas gift for family and friends!) Pumpkin spice latte (p263) and Eggnog (p319) were creamy and delicious without dairy, sugar or additives - win! Also made several 'basics' with great success, including almond and cashew milk, bone broth, and ghee. Overall - a definite must for every kitchen!