Anyone who has ever met me will tell you that I’m not much of a cook, but I love eating! For years, I bought cookbooks, hoping the find the one that would teach me what I wanted to know–how to make delicious food. Finally, about seven years ago, I found my favorite cookbook, Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC. Here’s four reasons why this cookbook is my favorite.
(Please note that this cookbook is now in its second edition. I, however, am writing about the first edition. The first edition seems to contain fewer recipes.)
1. The food is delicious!
When the book arrived, I wasn’t sure what I would think of it. I ordered it off Amazon after looking at a couple of images. Truly, I was more interested in the information about the Paleo diet and a nice grouping of Paleo recipes. I really didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did.
When I opened the cookbook and flipped to the recipes section, I was happily surprised. I wanted to eat just about everything pictured. This was great news since I believe that there’s really no point to buying a cookbook if you don’t want to eat the food right off the page.
Eager to start trying these new recipes, I made a grocery list and went shopping. The next day, we dove into the cookbook. I can honestly say that all the recipes I’ve tried have been exceptional. Truthfully, I have yet to eat any prepared recipe from this book and find it to be average or just okay. Everything has been delicious!
2. The recipes are easy to follow.
Just like there’s no point to buying a cookbook if you don’t want to eat the food pictured, there’s no point to buying a cookbook if you don’t think you could replicate the picture. Practical Paleo is incredibly easy to follow, so it’s quite feasible to make your meal look like the picture.
Although I may be a terrible cook, I can read. Luckily, this is pretty much all that is required for success with these very easy recipes.
3. It’s an informative book.
As I already mentioned, I bought this book primarily to learn about the Paleo diet, and it was incredibly educational. Sure, the information at the beginning can be a little boring. However, if you want to find out how and why the Paleo diet is good for you, you’ll want to give it a read. Also, reading this section is a good way to find out if and how you may have been accidentally sabotaging your health.
For example, when I started eating the Paleo diet, I had to stop eating corn (including corn syrup and any other corn products), sugar, peanuts, and wheat. Any other foods that I had to eliminate for the diet were really foods that I was already not eating, so it was no big deal.
Initially, I also quit eating dairy because I had read that you were supposed to eliminate that as well. As I read this book, though, I discovered that eating dairy was fine for some people. The whole point of eating a Paleo diet is that you eliminate foods that your body can’t process correctly.
The basic idea is, if your descendants were Irish, your body is probably pretty good at processing white potatoes. So, it’s not really beneficial for you to remove that from your diet. However, you may not be able to process corn or rice. Therefore, these would be good items to remove.
Truly, even if you buy this book for the recipes, you should at least browse the informational section on the Paleo diet. This information gives you the knowledge you need to make good decisions about your food choices.
4. There are 11 meal plans.
I’m not really one to follow a meal plan right now, but I love that those options are there for me in the future. Furthermore, these meal plans are all 30-day programs that relate to very specific health issues. After successfully getting rid of my allergies by changing the foods I ate, I fully believe that there are some issues you can cure with food changes.
The meal plans included in this book are designed to support:
- autoimmune conditions;
- blood sugar regulation;
- digestive health;
- thyroid health;
- multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue;
- neurological health;
- heart health;
- cancer recovery;
- athletic performance;
- fat loss; and
- squeaky clean Paleo.
My Favorite Recipes
Although I have tried many recipes in Practical Paleo, my favorites are:
- chocolate coconut cookies,
- asparagus with lemon and olives,
- spiced lamb meatballs with balsamic-fig compote,
- pumpkin pancakes,
- blueberry lemon muffins,
- grain-free coco-nutty porridge,
- lemon and artichoke chicken, and
- sauteed red cabbage with onions and apples.
These are just a few of my very favorite recipes in this cookbook. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I have.
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