You are probably hearing a lot about the paleo diet right now. Actually, it has been growing in popularity over the past several years. It’s especially popular with the Crossfit crowd and I’ve done some experimenting with it. In this post I’ll review The Paleo Cookbook which has been around since 2007.
Why should you need a cookbook for this diet you ask? Well, there are some strict guidelines to follow and a lot of traditional recipes are off limits. Also, even for the experienced paleo dieter, it can be difficult to keep from getting bored with the limited recipes you know. If you’re bored with your diet, you’re much more likely to hooky from it.
Let’s see if they solve the two most important problems found when sticking to the paleo diet 1) is there a good variety of recipes 2) are they easy to follow. Oh yeah, and are they a good value? Read on!
What’s in The Paleo Cookbook?
You receive two books when you buy The Paleo Cookbook, or should I say The Paleo Cookbooks. Between the two you get 310 recipes broken down into eight categories. The categories are
- Fish and Seafood
There are also five bonus categories between the two books. Those categories are
- Capsicum Sandwiches
- Breakfast Recipes
The books do have a lot of recipes, and the category breakdown makes finding what you want useful.
When doing my paleo cookbook review, I found the recipes to be laid out nicely, well written and easy to follow. The easy to follow part is great for beginners or amateurs in the kitchen. Not many of us want to study a cookbook when we just want to eat.
The ingredients called for in these recipes are all pretty standard making it easy to find them at your typical grocery store. There are also a good deal of vegetarian recipes and ethnic recipes. That’s nice for variety
And Speaking of Variety…
This is one difficulty with the paleo diet. Many people find themselves eating some vegetables and a slab of meat meal after meal, day after day. This is no good for sticking to the diet and a great reason to pick up these cookbooks.
When you go to order The Paleo Cookbook, you’ll get a few freebies too.
The first freebie is a one month meal plan with full color photographs of each recipe. They use 125 of the recipes to get you started with the book and ensure you’ve got great variety in your diet. And if you don’t like one of the recipes on that free meal plan…well, you’ve got almost 200 substitute options. Nice.
The second freebie is access to the first editions of the books that have full color pictures for each and every recipe. That’s a fantastic aid when you’re cooking for company…or a date!
The final freebie is something you can really get for free. It’s the ‘Herbs and Spices – Using Seasonings in a Paleo Friendly Kitchen’ guide. All you have to do is visit the website and enter your e-mail address.
For any type of cooking, and especially on the paleo diet, the use of herbs and spices can add a huge variety to your meals. I have been really schooled on this in the past six months by my girlfriend. You should really learn this too. In fact, I am going to do some posts on cooking with herbs and spices after this paleo cookbook review.
Is The Paleo Cookbook a Good Value?
I have to say yes in this paleo cookbook review for two big reasons. First The Paleo Cookbook provides a lot of easy to follow recipes that all conform to the diet. The variety is good and the books are easy to navigate.
Second, they offer a 3 month, 100% money back satisfaction guarantee. That’s a big show of faith the author and seller has in this product. If you don’t like the books, you can get your money back.
Here are a few example recipes:
- Warm Tomato and Chicken Salad
- Hummus made with Cashews or Roasted Pumpkin!
- Tahini Dip
- Sausage Salad
- Meatball with Roast Fennel and Basil Sandwich
- Chocolate Coconut Snack Bar
- Basil and Lime Ice
The e-Book Format
These books are in electronic, or eBook, format. You’ll get instant access to them when purchasing. Now I know some people like to have something they can hold in their hands, but let’s consider the advantages of an eBook.
What I like the best about eBooks is the environmental friendliness. No trees wasted. But if you really need a hard copy of a recipe, you can print it out. Better yet, it’s really easy to get them on a mobile device such as an iPad, smart phone or other tablet device.
I have a couple gripes about the books, but I’m definitely a fan. First, I’d like to see an overall preparation time for each recipe. This would be really helpful for us amateur cooks. I know it varies depending on how fast a food preparer you are, but a ballpark figure would be great.
Second, I personally want to see even more ethnic recipes. My travels have endeared me towards so many food styles, and I think the variety this would offer would be a great benefit to all.
The many features of The Paleo Cookbook really provide the user a lot of benefit.
- The recipes are easy to follow
- The recipes have a great variety
- There are a lot of recipes
- The eBook format is environmentally friendly and mobile device friendly
- The cost is reasonable
- The satisfaction guarantee is terrific
Ultimately, these books really deliver. If you’re looking to benefit from the paleo diet, The Paleo Cookbook is great tool to achieve this.
The video below will share some tips when eating paleo.
The Paleo Sweets Recipe Book is Here
As of now author Nikki Young has released a new paleo recipe book called Paleo Sweets! As the title suggests, this book is all about creating sweets that are paleo friendly. Heck, they are not only paleo friendly but also dairy free and gluten free too.
This new book has over 80 recipes focusing on paleo friendly sweets that will satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you on the paleo diet. This is a great companion to the Paleo Cookbooks, but I cannot do a full Paleo Sweets review on this Paleo Cookbook review page. A full Paleo Sweets Review will be coming soon. When it is ready, I will insert a link to it here.
One cool thing about the new Paleo Sweets recipe book is the cool freebie it comes with. The freebie is Paleo Protein Bar Recipes. This is really a great idea because there are hardly any paleo friendly protein bars on the market today. How great would it be to make your own?!
I am looking forward to using the Paleo Sweets recipe book. I will be sure to complete my review soon. In the meantime, you can click the link below to go directly to the Paleo Sweets page. There you will find more information on the paleo recipe book, and you can buy it!
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