Showing posts with label cookbooks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cookbooks. Show all posts

Friday, August 30, 2013

Cookbook Review: Practical Paleo

I will admit, I was drawn to this book because of its gorgeous cover.  It was colourful and had pretty pictures.  That's really all I need to be drawn in.  But it doesn't disappoint.  

The first part of the book is science-y, without being condescending for those with no scientific or anatomical knowledge.  I've read some other books about paleo before and it delves deeply into the hormones and their roles.  As a nurse, I'm familiar with their roles, but for somebody with no background in the topic I can certainly see it being overwhelming and intimidating.  Diane Sanfilippo is wonderful at explaining the factors that cause gut inflammation, and the book has wonderful illustrations to supplement her descriptions.

Once you get through the science-y text at the beginning, you'll come to meal plans.  There are eleven meal plans that provide thirty days of meals.  At the beginning of the section there is a handy guide that will guide you to choose the appropriate meal plan.  These meal plans are invaluable.  I wish that this book had've been published when we started eating paleo.

And the recipes.  I've made quite a few things from this book.  I really enjoy the spice blends, the crustless zucchini quiche (I have one in the oven right now), smoky bacon wrapped chicken thighs and sage rubbed turkey legs.  I've also made the blueberry lemon muffins for our little guy's swimming teachers and was promptly informed that they were 'the best healthy muffin' by one of the lifeguards.  It's not Whole30 approved, but I am dying to try the fresh blueberry crumble once I'm done.

This book, in my opinion is a must have for any paleo kitchen.  Or any non-paleo kitchen for that matter.  It's a great book for foodies alike.  It is a gorgeous book. Practical Paleo

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Cookbook Roundup!

I thought I'd share some of my favorite cookbooks.  Not all of these cater solely to paleo cooking, but many of the recipes can be modified to accommodate a paleo lifestyle.  I have quite a few more on my wishlist, so when I get them and have had ample time to cook with them, I'll do another roundup!

Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan - This is the book I use the most when I'm doing a Whole30.  But not just when we're Whole30ing, but in everyday life.  The recipes are all wonderful.  They're all flavorful and highly spiced.  Some of my faves are cumin roasted carrots,  mashed cauliflower, shepherd's pie and Czech meatballs.  I also love Melissa's story about how she started eating paleo.

Everyday Food: Great Food Fast by Martha Stewart Living Magazines - There are some wonderful salads and vegetable sides in here that always inspire me.  But, this book is also filled with Whole30 nasties like bread, sugar and dairy.

The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer - This is my bible.  Chris bought it for me for Christmas years ago and I love it.  Everything I make from it turns out wonderfully.  My fave is the meat sauce.  But I love that there's an entire section dedicated to individual vegetables and fruits.  Lots of things that are easily made into cleaner meals in this book.

The River Cottage Meat Book by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall - I admit that I haven't read this book in it's entirety, but Chris has and he loves it.  He says that it was incredibly informative about the different breeds of meat, poultry and waterfowl and how to prepare it.  And I've enjoyed all the things that he's made from it, so it's a winner in my eyes because of that!

Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo - I have this on loan from the library and I have really enjoyed reading it.  It is a absolutely stunning book.  The pictures are gorgeous, I love the way she explains things in the book.  Not too science-y for those with no biology or science background.  I've made a couple things from this book and they've all been really delicious.  The crustless zucchini quiche was wonderful and fed my family for days, the sage rubbed turkey was delicious and the lemon artichoke chicken was also a hit.  I also made the blueberry lemon muffins for the lifeguards where our little guy does his swimming lessons and was told that they were the 'best healthy muffin' one of the guards has ever had.  That's a win in my book!

Paleo Comfort Foods by Julie and Charles Mayfield - This was the first paleo cookbook that I bought.  I love their method for collards and the recipe for cave ketchup.  I've also been dying to try the chicken tomatillo soup, but I can't find tomatillos anywhere.  I get pouty when I think about it.

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