Tuesday, March 20, 2012

{Paleo 101 Books} Paleo Comfort Foods by Julie and Charles Mayfield

Love fried chicken? Love creamy mashed potatoes? Love beef roast and chili? Me too. And I think this book definitely calls my name. This one is "Paleo Comfort Foods" by Julie and Charles Mayfield. Even the cover of this book screams comfort to me -- right down to the wooden farmhouse kitchen table. I'm a country girl. I always have been. While we ate a lot of healthy foods growing up, we also packed away some incredibly good fried chicken, buttery mashed potatoes, and creamy gravy.

Julie and Charles get that. They know you love comfort foods too. And anyone following a lower carbohydrate paleo/primal type of diet will understand that longing for old-time comfort food favorites.  Recipes such as Julie's barbecue chicken (we loved that one!), mashed cauliflower, creamed spinach (serious yum!), and probably my personal favorite: sawmill sausage gravy and paleo biscuits!!

Yep, paleo gravy and biscuits. Now I know a lot of paleo enthusiasts wouldn't consider an almond flour baked good healthy... and no, you're not gonna lose weight eating almond flour biscuits. But for an occasional old fashioned comforting breakfast -- these biscuits and that creamy sausage gravy really fit the bill.

This paleo cookbook is full of down homes recipes like this. Whether you're a chili fanatic or a gumbo fan, you'll find recipes here that are familiar and welcoming.

Here are a few things I really like about Paleo Comfort Foods:

  • The beginning chapters contain a wealth of information on how to follow a paleo diet, what types of kitchen equipment you will need, how and when to go cooking, and the heartwarming story of Julie and Charles. 
  • This book is set up in very helpful and straight-forward chapters such as quite simply: main dishes -- which means you can use these main meals for breakfast, lunch, OR dinner. Don't worry about figuring out what specifically to eat for breakfast, just pick a main dish. 
  • If you're new to paleo and you miss bread, you'll find a paleo sandwich bread recipe in this book. It won't be the same as your Wonder white bread, but it will fill that craving for delicious fillings between two slices of bread or even having french toast for breakfast. 

So if you're someone who prefers hearty, home-cooked, familiar meals -- Paleo Comfort Foods is the cookbook for you. Julie and Charles Mayfield will help you understand that following a paleo diet doesn't meal you have to feel deprived!

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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  1. Oooh, one of my favorite books. I love their breakfast sausage. I make it with ground turkey, since one of us doesn't eat pork, and it's great even with the turkey. One cautionary word for the faint of stomach, some of their dishes, including the breakfast sausage, tend to be pretty spicy. We LOVE spicy as a rule, but I know some have a rough time with it. I'm not suggesting that you skip any of these recipes for a minute, though you just might want to proceed with caution if a little spice sets your tongue on fire.

    Wonderful book. I may just have to try that sawmill gravy after Carrie's praise.

    1. So agree Pamela!! I love the breakfast sausage too!! Very much! And I'm with you. Personally I can't handle a lot of spice so I go easy on them! And gravy... I could eat it like soup! lol

  2. This is one of my favorite cookbooks ever - paleo/GF or otherwise.

    1. Isn't it wonderful Emmie!! This is one that I've not only cooked a ton of awesome things from... it just makes me feel good to sit down and read it! lol!!