A few weeks ago, I ran across an amazing opportunity. Danielle Walker, an incredible cookbook writer known for her gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, paleo recipes is launching her new cookbook, Celebrations Cookbook. I have her second cookbook and I cook from it regularly, so I quite happily applied for her launch team and was selected!
I received a free copy of her new book and the opportunity to preview it and cook from it. And I have to say, I’m in love.
Her second cookbook, Meals Made Simple is a great every day, weekly meal planning book. The meals range from simple to complex, but are all delicious.
What is so special about Celebrations, is how she has remade all those iconic meals that you eat during holidays and celebrations, but into healthier, paleo versions. She has recipes for New Year’s Eve, Game Day, Valentines, Easter, Mother’s Day luncheon, Father’s Day Cookout, Birthday Parties, Fourth of July Barbecue, Summer Shower, Halloween, Autumn Dinner Party, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Pictured below is one of the 7 BONUS recipes you receive when you pre-order (before the 27th!)- the Chewy Molasses Cookies. They were a huge hit in my house!
Not only does she include incredible, well tested, reliable recipes, she also has filled the book with so many tips and tricks. Most recipes have tidbit notes on how different brands of paleo products fair in the recipes, or make-ahead tips to simplify a party prep. The front of the book is filled with more grain-free recipe tips and ten wonderful tips for effortless entertaining.
And just like her other two books, she includes an extensive ingredient glossary and substitutions and her recommended kitchen gear. The recipe index in the back makes for simple holiday meal planning. You can access all the nutritional data for each recipe online.
This Gingerbread Latte is so good, you can not tell that it is dairy free. The molasses has such a rich flavor!
One of my favorite little perks- this cookbook LAYS FLAT ON IT’S OWN. Which is basicalyl mind-boggling to me and makes cooking so much easier. From now on, I refuse to buy a cookbook that won’t lay flat! ha!
These Mini “Corn” Dog Muffins were SO SIMPLE to make and absolutely delicious. The kids inhaled these. I’m also over the moon about her dairy-free Herb Ranch. Oh how I have missed ranch!
I went dairy-free for Jocelyn, and we still try to limit the dairy intake for Jonah and Jean, which is how I dipped my toes into the paleo lifestyle. I’ve done a few Whole30 food challenges (cutting out dairy, wheat, sugar, grains, alcohol, and caffeine) and have found that my brain and emotions fare much better when I am gluten and grain free.
Most of all, I have missed a creamy coffee creamer- but Danielle has knocked this Pumpkin Spice latte out of the park. It’s creamy, light, flavorful, and exactly what I have been missing.
Jace is a huge fan of deviled eggs and these incredible little dairy-free Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs hardly lasted 2 days in the fridge- he ate one every time he opened the fridge! This deviled egg recipe has 4 variations- I can’t wait to try another.
One of the ways I found Danielle was because she was a fellow baby-loss mama. She lost her daughter Aila. So with Job’s birthday approaching, I used her birthday cake recipes to make a gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free chocolate cake with a dairy-free vanilla buttercream frosting. It was delicious and so special to share it with friends.
My very first recipe to try out of the cookbook were these delectable lemon bars. They tasted so creamy and buttery- but without the butter!
Every single recipe out of this cookbook was a hit and I can not wait to keep trying more.
Pre-order (or order) yours here– if it’s before the 27th, you get 7 bonus recipes! You won’t regret it, I promise.
**For those of you with specific dietary needs, she also includes a comprehensive list of which recipes are nut-free, egg-free, nightshade-free, and meet SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) or GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet).