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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paleo Power!

We have a few paleo-ers here at the bookstore. But I don't know anyone who has quite the handle on all the cookbooks that Emily M. has. Here are her picks and a few reviews to help you wade through them all:

Paleo, Paleo, Everywhere There is Paleo! For some the paleo diet is an annoying or a passing fad. For others, it is crucial for everyday living. If you are one who utilizes paleo -- or need a gift for someone who is -- our shelves are overflowing with paleo!

While I am not strictly paleo, I often use the books since they are close to the diet that is essential for me. Here are my recommends:

Against All Grain by Danielle Walker

This is the cookbook I use nearly every week. She has a great balance of breakfasts, drinks, chilis and soups, to snacks, and breads. The most used recipes for me are Banana Bread (always very moist), Maple Sausage with Cinnamon Apples (the kitchen smells so amazing with this), and Slow-Cooker Beef Chili (throw it in the crock pot and come home to an amazing warm dinner). Her recipes are approachable and easy to follow.

 Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple by Danielle Walker

Quite different from her first, the meals are made simple because there is some prep ahead of time -- like the pancake mix used in a lot of breads or make ahead sauces and such. If you are the creative cook though, beware, as some have considered Meals Made Simple as a book of ideas and very simple meals. However, for some simple food prep and meal plans are what they need!

Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong

Nom Nom is definitely for the busy cook. I am always impressed how so few ingredients can make amazing things in so little time -- particularly the Strawberry Banana Ice Cream, 4 ingredients plus 2 minutes of your time. The comic style approach and multiple photographs will help guide uncertain ones. I really liked how this cookbook explained the ups and downs of bringing paleo into a family lifestyle.

Dairy Free Ice Cream by Kelly Brozyna

I have never seen so many varieties of ice cream -- without refined sugar and dairy -- in one place! Also, I haven't had much trouble with it staying soft (as opposed to rock hard -- which is the hardest trial with homemade ice cream). I've successfully tried a lot of basic flavors, matcha, cider ice cream...next up is the gingerbread ice cream! Another perk is the variety of popsicles and side compliments: cookie bowls, spreads, sauces, brownies...)

Paleo Kitchen by Juli Bauer and George Bryant

When these author-chefs came into the store for an event a while back, the place was packed! And now I can see why. Paleo Kitchen is another frequented cookbook for me. Like Danielle Walker's books, the recipes are approachable and easy to follow. The stunning photography of eats, like Pan-Seared Rosemary Sage Pork Chops with Apples and Pears, made the book look enticing -- the taste and smell was even more enticing in real life!

Make Ahead Paleo by Tammy Credicott

Definitely great for people who like to spend a day prepping and then cooking the actual meal later in the week. Whether you freeze the recipes ahead of time, have to travel a lot and be on the go, or cook them up right away, Make Ahead has a large palette of foods. From Fajita Burgers to Kitchen Sink Cookies to White Chicken Chili, it's all good.

100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake

While this is NOT a paleo book, it may help some people (esp. those who loosely follow paleo) as the food is basic, simple, wholesome, and tasty! And, if you follow her blog, it's so great to have her beautiful pictures and recipes all together. I fell in love with the Grilled Cheese with Apples and Bacon and went from there.

BLOG LINK: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com

We have so many fabulous paleo cookbooks (and other awesome cookbooks of all kinds) in stock. Come on by!

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