Book Review of Eat What You Love by Danielle Walker

Let me start off by saying how much I LOVE Danielle Walker! She is beautiful inside and out, and this post was one that I was looking forward to writing the most! When she was on her EWYL book tour, I was dying to go but finances were too tight to afford both train and event tickets. When she posted she was looking for volunteers at her events, I immediately signed up! I had an AMAZING night volunteering at her New York event, and meeting her and hearing her speak was such a highlight.

I can’t remember exactly how I first heard of her, but my library has her Celebrations cookbook, and that is the only one of her books that I have cooked out of previously. Many of them are holiday specific, so I only used a few (but WOW to those chocolate whoopie pies!). When I started following her on Instagram and she would talk about her upcoming book, I knew I had to have Eat What You Love and that I was truly going to love it. It somehow ended up under my Christmas tree (I must have been hinting for it or something!), and was one of my most favorite gifts! Everything looked SO yummy, and with only 5 more days until I started a January Whole30, I knew I had to cram in some baked goodies.

My favorite feature of EWYL is the recipe index. I LOVE when cookbooks have an index with pictures, as it is super helpful in quickly finding a specific recipe, especially if you can’t remember what it’s called.

Many of these recipes are based on foods people grew up eating, but Danielle gives them to us in a healthy and nourishing paleo version. Some of the recreated childhood treats include pop-tarts, pizza pockets, snickerdoodles, and donuts. Desserts include Key Lime Pie, Pineapple upside-down Cake, and Apple Crisp. She has paleo approved French-dip Sandwiches, Beef and Broccoli, Refried “beans”, Onion Rings, and Chili Cornbread Pie. Almost any comfort food you can think of is inside!

She has a beginning section dedicated to substitutions which is quite helpful. She also goes over meal planning and provides 4 weeks worth of menus. She offers grocery lists and additional meal plans on her website.

Another fabulous feature that’s available on her site for free is a Whole30 guide to EWYL. This guide will list every recipe that’s compliant, or ways to easily adapt a recipe to make it compliant. You’ll also find guides to her other books there too.

Every recipe has a picture, which is a HUGE factor for me personally. Very clear instructions as well!

And how cute is that bookmark? At first I thought it was an odd thing to put in a cookbook, but it has come in so handy.

I’ve made quite a few of her recipes in here, and my top 5 favorites are: Moroccan Sheet Pan Chicken, Indian Butter Chicken, Sheet-Pan Teriyaki Chicken with Broccoli and Asparagus, Thai Yellow Curry, and her Snickerdoodle cookies.

I’ve always wanted to pull a “Julia and Julia” and work my way through every recipe in a cookbook, but I hadn’t found a cookbook that was worth it. Well, here it is! I am attempting to go through each recipe one by one, and haven’t been disappointed yet. Follow along with #RacheldoesJuliaandJuliaEWYL on instagram!

Buy the book here!

Pictures posted with permission.

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