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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