Make It Paleo Review

We are honoured today to be doing a review for one of our favourite Paleo cookbooks - Make it Paleo.

This is both an exciting and rather surreal experience, as we have been following Bill and Hayley's site, The Food Lover's Primal Palate, since becoming Paleo two years ago. Theirs was the first blog we were introduced to, and we have stuck with them ever since. Their recipes are  unique and  flavourful, and you can count on them to turn out perfectly  each time, which believe me is oh-so-important!

Their cookbook, Make it Paleo, was released about a year ago, and it is still and will continue to be our go to. Bill and Hayley did an incredible job of providing recipes for any occasion, as well as including some general info, tips, and their heartwarming story. Their love for each other and for the art of nourishing food is evident on each page. As a couple, both Jon and I can truly relate to their journey, and are thrilled to be able to support them.

As you can imagine, this book was written with so much care, warmth, and light. Each recipe has its own large page and accompanying photo, so flipping through is a joy. As someone who has dabbled in and has an appreciation for photography, this caused me to do a little nerdy happy dance (yes, it happened). Visuals are critical, particularly on those days when you come home and look at your kitchen with an "ummm" feeling. Simply put - inspiration for any occassion, whether it is an event or just a slow Monday!

Now, as many of you may have gathered by now, I tend to be a tad analytical - so let's officially break it down so you know exactly what to expect:

  • 215 recipes
  • Over 500 color photos, including one for each recipe
  • Foreword by Mark Sisson
  • Paleo diet basics
  • Food quality, cooking, and kitchen tips
  • A touching personal story
  • Difficulty levels, time, prep, etc
  • Personalized notes and comments for the recipes
  • Well organized categories
  • And the cover:
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... A self acknowledged book addict confession: Make it Paleo gets the most use  out of any of my cookbooks, of which, trust me, there are m-a-n-y. In fact, our copy  looks a little well loved at the moment (whoops), particularly around  some of our favourite recipes.

If you've picked up a copy and are wondering what some of those are, here is a short list:

  • smoky lime rib steaks
  • chicken with 40 cloves of garlic
  • halibut en pappillote
  • grandy kyp's chicken soup
  • chive butter
  • garlic and herb mashed cauliflower
  • gingerbread cookies (!)
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  • n'oatmeal raisin cookies
  • almond fudge brownies
  • dates stuffed with goat cheese
  • chocolate raspberry mini muffins
  • chocolate almond butter ice cream

So, whether you have been a part of the Paleo community for a while or are just starting out, Make it Paleo is a great addition to your kitchen. And if you're anything like me, you may even reserve a special spot for it.

Since we obviously own a copy ourselves, we are going to pay it forward with the one we just received from the Food Lover's Primal Palate. Which means a giveaway for all you lovely people! It's going to be an interactive one, so stay tuned for details in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, let me leave you with a link to the Food Lover's new book (it was just announced last night) called Gather - the Art of Paleo Entertaining, which is now available for pre-order. They posted a sneak peek here, and it looks amazing.

So have a great weekend guys! We will be busy with some amazing projects (Big Primal Episode 3 taping tomorrow, and some other yummy adventures), and cannot wait to tell you all about them.

- Barbara

A little look inside Make it Paleo

Note: Images used in this post are drawn from nomnompaleo, Balanced Bites, and the Food Lover's Kitchen.