{Book Review} Gather | The Art of Paleo Entertaining

One day a month or so ago a large box showed up on my doorstep.

Boxes on my doorstep aren’t unusual.

I’m kind of addicted to Amazon Prime…

This box, however, was a mystery.

I punched it open and squealed with delight.

It was my very own copy of Gather by Hayley Mason and Bill Staley–bestselling authors of my other favorite cookbook, Make it Paleo.

photo(11) Gather is a different kind of cookbook.

First, let me say that it’s easily one of the most beautiful cookbooks I’ve ever seen.

Everyone who I’ve shown it to has said the same.

Page after page of delicious recipes and drool-worthy pictures.

This is a cookbook for anyone–following a paleo lifestyle or not.

I find that many people who have yet to experiment with paleo have the idea that it’s a bland, boring way of eating/living.

Lots of plain meat and veggies.

Chicken breast, coconut oil and broccoli.

Bunless burgers with no ketchup or french fries.

As a paleo-based health counselor, I find that one of the biggest obstacle keeping people from trying Paleo is that it’s hard (or not fun) to entertain.

  • Hard to find dishes that guests will enjoy.
  • Hard to find dishes that guest will enjoy that all have a common theme or tie together (aka not “potluck style”).

This book is sure to prove that wrong.

The recipes in Gather are organized by menu.

Everything from the Take Out Fake Out to the Backyard Picnic to a New Year’s Eve Cocktail Party.

PicMonkey Collage1

Gather takes you step by step through how to plan each gathering.

Each menu has a timeline outlining what to plan three days ahead, one day ahead and the day of the party. SO useful for someone who’s new to entertaining (ahem…moi).

I love how Gather gives you not only the recipes you need to have an amazing get-together, but all of the non-food tools you need to have a polished party.

The recipes are diverse and exciting.

Paleo General Tso’s Chicken.

Braised Pork Belly.

Meyer Lemon Tart…I could go on and on.

I sampled a few recipes from Gather and shared them with family and friends:

Egg Collage On my birthday in early April I shared the Avocado Cream Eggs.

944 Like deviled eggs only more exotic…

Hot Cake Collage For Sunday Brunch this past week I made the Cinnamon Maple Hot Cakes.

IMG_4950_1 This is now my go-to pancake recipe. Every single hot cake was cooked perfectly.

IMG_4947_1 I’ve also fallen in love with the Cranberry Scones.


 These scones were better than any scone I’ve ever had: gluten-full or not.

Gather is a downright beautiful book that enables anyone to create and host thoughtful, elegant gatherings.

I’m pretty sure this book is going to change the way the world views the paleo diet.

No longer is Paleo a “grass-fed burgers with no bun” way of life.

After Gather, everyone will see that there is such a thing as a Paleo Foodie.

And that anyone can be a Paleo Foodie if they have this book in their kitchen.

Get your copy today!

Seriously…go get it. Like…now…



7 Responses to {Book Review} Gather | The Art of Paleo Entertaining

  1. Meg April 30, 2013 at 6:48 AM #

    Just preordered mine the other day can’t WAIT for it to come in the mail!! Come on Amazon!!

  2. Beam_Me_Up_Scotty July 24, 2013 at 1:55 AM #

    I attempted to make the pancakes, and they were really, really thin. I followed the directions, and I really have no idea what I did wrong. That’s the last four eggs I’m wasting on that…

    • Allison July 24, 2013 at 11:06 AM #

      Hi! I’m sorry the recipe didn’t work for you! I sometimes have that problem of pancakes being too thin– I would add a little coconut flour to the batter to thicken it up. The Primal Palate has some other pancake recipes that have worked for me– my favorite is this one: http://www.primalpalate.com/recipe/pumpkin-spiced-pancakes/

      • Beam_Me_Up_Scotty July 24, 2013 at 3:40 PM #

        It still bothers me – I did everything the recipe said, to the letter (twice – I tried again), and it didn’t work. I’d really like to know what I did wrong.
        Maybe part of it is that the author assumes that we’re familiar with certain paleo food preparation practices, so something isn’t mentioned. I know that I’ve read gluten-free cookbooks like that – where the author just assumes that the reader knows what they’re talking about.
        Could there be something I’m missing?

        • Allison July 26, 2013 at 2:46 PM #

          I made these this morning so that I could test the recipe again– I almost used maple syrup instead of maple sugar…which would have made them way too watery. Maybe next time just leave out the tablespoon of water– I didn’t need it at all…Good luck!

  3. Danica December 11, 2013 at 3:56 AM #

    Hey Allison, great review of Gather! I have been wondering if I should get this book and I came across your blog and now I’m convinced. Thank you for pointing out that it has good photos and beautiful layout because those are the things that are very important to me when it comes to cookbooks (aside from the yummy recipes of course). I am getting myself this book this Christmas and I am excited about it! Also, if you are looking for other cookbooks, I definitely recommend Donna Hay’s new book, The New Classics. It’s what I have been into lately and thought you might enjoy it: http://www.bookworld.com.au/book/the-new-classics/42918028/

    • Allison December 11, 2013 at 10:17 AM #

      Thanks, Danica! And thanks for the recommendation–I’ll check it out now 😉

Thoughts? Feel free to comment below!

Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes

Get my 6-Step Gut-Healing Protocol and start healing your gut like a pro!
Sign up for my newsletter and get access to this exclusive offer to help you get on your own, personalized path to healing.
I hate spam too! Your email will never used by anyone other that Allison from Frisky Lemon
I'm not interested right now