Saturday, March 17, 2012

{Paleo 101 Books} The Food Lovers Make it Paleo


I think two words can best describe this cookbook: stunning photography. Bill Staley and Hayley Mason published this book in late 2011 and it's an absolutely beautiful cookbook. The recipes are simple and straight forward, yet also classy, sophisticated and made for paleo foodies. This is a hefty volume of beautifully photographed paleo meals.

The book takes you through different variations of breakfast ideas such as egg muffins, coconut nested eggs, a veggie scramble, and even homemade breakfast sausage. For lunch you could make herbed chicken skewers (we were fans!), grilled mahi mahi with mango salsa, ground beef stuffed banana peppers, or even a proscuitto and arugula pizza. I also love that they offer paleo "treats" at the end of the book with baked goods made from coconut flour and blanched almond flour. A few treats are: almond fudge brownies, coconut cake, and our favorite: chocolate pudding pie with an almond flour crust.

Bill and Hayley's book contain notes on each recipe about how to make different variations or cooking shortcuts, how difficult the recipe will be, and about how long it should take to prepare and cook the food. All of these features are helpful in deciding which recipes you have time to make along with the skill level needed to prepare the recipe. Some of my favorite features of paleo/primal cookbooks are not only the meat and chicken recipes, but the wide variety of vegetable recipes. A few of the recipes I'd love to try: Greek Salad, Fried Green Tomatoes, and even a Golden Beet Salad.

While we generally eat more readily available and simpler foods in our home (which is probably why cookbooks geared more towards children are favorites at our house!), this book will encourage you to try new things like stuffed banana peppers, spicy sauteed calamari, garlic and jalapeno bison burgers, or even duck confit.

I think if you are someone who really enjoys trying new foods or playing with unique flavors you'll really love this paleo cookbook. It offers a wide variety of healthy food choices and fun "better-for-you" desserts! As with many Victory Belt cookbooks, this is a heavy, hefty book, that isn't easy to carry around the kitchen You may prefer to purchase the digital version if you have joint or inflammatory issues. If you're interested in purchasing a copy, you might first want to visit the preview of "The Food Lovers Make it Paleo."

GLG Disclosure: Victory Belt Publishing provided me with with a copy of this book for review, if I chose to do so. This is not a sponsored post and I did not receive compensation. The opinions in this post are completely my own.
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4 comments:

  1. I loved the photography, too. I liked their recipe for homemade mayo, even ordered macadamia nut oil to make it, but I haven't tried it yet. I keep forgetting, and lately, I've been using the Well Fed version a lot. I am out of mayo as of this morning, so if I don't forget again, I'll give that recipe a shot this afternoon.

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  2. I am a huge fan of this book! I also agree, there are some gorgeous pics in the book! My current favorite meal from Make It Paleo is the lamb-burgers with Greek salad (with extra dressing on the burger!!). Great review Carrie :)

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    1. I'll have to try those lamb burgers and the Greek salad. Sometimes, I'm looking at so many recipes that I don't know where to start. It's great to see recommendations.
      pamela

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  3. Boy, Paleo has been landing on my radar screen over and over again. It's time for me to get this book and review it on my blog as well. Sounds like a winner, Ginger!

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