Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Celebrations: A Holiday Cookbook!

So I continue to be on a dairy and soy free diet for our little babe and her allergy/intolerance. Thankfully, we saw a specialist this past month and he reassured us that she will likely outgrow it within the year and that the benefits of breastfeeding are well worth getting through time as her tummy heals.

In the meantime, I'm always looking for great allergen-free recipes and this time of year is no different. Christmastime has been somewhat challenging because of my great love for Christmas cookies. Thankfully, I've found a few alternatives...and even purchased some coconut milk 'egg nog' at the grocery! ha!

But cookbooks like this not only make me feel less alone in my diet, but they even make me excited about it! Celebrations is a cookbook by Danielle Walker ("Against All Grain") and the subtitle says it all: A year of gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo recipes for every occasion. The cookbook is a gorgeous hardcover with pictures on every page. A delight to look at for sure. She organized the cookbook by holidays within the year and has menus for each one-- starting with a New Year's Eve Cocktail Party and ending with Christmas Dinner and Treats. The beginning of the cookbook featured some education on allergies and intolerance, alternative ingredients, and just general healthy eating. I really appreciated her insight!

The only thing I wasn't crazy about is that every recipe is gluten-free. While this would be a gold mine for someone with Celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, it makes it difficult for me to choose certain recipes (like cookies or bread) in this cookbook over a different recipe that would use wheat flour since I just don't generally keep coconut or almond flour on hand.

All in all, I really enjoyed this cookbook and would recommend it. While there were some things that were either too 'fancy' or 'alternative' for me, I loved that I could peruse this cookbook and know that I could make any recipe for me and the baby without having to modify it or worry about allergens. I'd give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

[Thank you to Blogging for Books for my lovely copy at no charge! This review contains my honest and original thoughts.]

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