{Book Review} The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking

Bill and Hayley of The Food Lover’s Kitchen have been busy, busy bees!

It seems like yesterday that they released Gather, The Art of Paleo Entertaining.

photo(11) I love the variety of cookbooks that these two have written:

  • Make it Paleo, for the beginning/intermediate/advanced Paleo-ite– A standard, go-to paleo cookbook.
  • Gather, for the foodies out there– a book that compels non-believers to experiment with Paleo.
  • And The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking– the starter manual that you gift to your friends and family after you’ve hooked them with a meal from Gather.

PicMonkey Collage The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking is one of the best Paleo starter’s manuals out there.

This book gives you everything you need to succeed in a 30 day trial run of the Paleo Lifestyle.

  • Scienc-y background
  • Meal plans
  • and over 75 of the most delicious, easy, squeaky clean paleo recipes.

The book is separated into three different sections.

Part one goes into detail on the basics of the Paleo diet. What to eat (lots of veggies, high quality protein and healthy fats), what to avoid and why, and even some tips for how to start growing your own veggies.

My favorite thing about the first section of the book is its brevity. Hayley and Bill focus on clearing putting forth the basics without getting too bogged down in science and details. They give you just the right amount of information to feel comfortable experimenting with this new way of life, without overwhelming you with details.

PicMonkey Collage1 They even include a section on herbs and spices, and what spices go best with what kind of meat!

Part two provides the 30 day meal plan. This meal plan is designed to support you through your first 30 days of Paleo. The authors say “the meal plan is geared toward busy people who need to find the balance between creating delicious meals AND easy recipes.”

My favorite thing about the meal plan is that it’s realistic– the authors don’t forget to program leftovers into the next day’s meals. This meal plan could be followed strictly, or used as a bouncing off point to get ideas for creating your own 30 day meal plan.

Part three, and the bulk of the book, contains 75 of the best, newest recipes from the Food Lover’s Kitchen, all of which are squeaky clean paleo. You won’t find any sweet treats or desserts in this book, which I think is PERFECT for someone just starting out. It’s so important to experiment with 30 days of whole foods– to push your boundaries and to feel what it’s like to stop relying on processed foods. All too often those just starting the Paleo diet get caught up in paleo muffins, breads and other baked goods–using these grain-free alternatives to replace their grain-full counterparts. When you start this way, you really miss out on a lot of the immediate benefits of Paleo.

My favorite thing about the recipes in The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking is that they are all simple and straight forward. They’re my kind of recipes: minimal ingredients, minimal time and big flavor.

We’ve experimented with a few of the recipes from The 30 Day Guide, but the breakfast meatloaf was by far our favorite.

IMG_5076_1 Why is it a breakfast meat loaf, you ask?

IMG_5087_1 Because there’s an egg hidden inside.

IMG_5091 Yep. A hard-boiled egg.

IMG_5098 Brilliant.

Perfect for a quick, easy breakfast. The recipe is literally ground pork, hard-boiled eggs and spices. SO simple. SO. Delicious.

If you have someone in your life that’s Paleo Curious and you’d like to support them in their journey, gift them this book. Seriously.

Well, first cook them a meal from Gather, and then, as they’re saying “I can’t believe you can eat like that on a Paleo Diet,” hand them this book.

Even if you’re NOT new to Paleo, this book is pretty awesome. Especially if you’re like me and you often find yourself in a food rut. Following this 30 day meal plan would be a great way to force yourself to widen your recipe repertoire and find some new meals that you love.

Find The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking on Amazon!

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