Today I’m going to branch out and review a cook book that I totally love called Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat. As you know, I’ve gone gluten-free (I recently wrote a review of the book Wheat Belly that inspired this change). A previous carboholic bread lover, I knew I’d have to come up with some good wheat free recipes to make this thing work. I did a lot of research because I only wanted to buy one cookbook and decided on Well Fed. I am definitely not disappointed!
I’ll start out by saying that we don’t eat Paleo but I still love almost all of the recipes in this book. I know a lot of people are doing the Paleo diet right now and this book is great because it offers unique recipes. Here are a few reasons why I love this cookbook:
- The author is the daughter of a Middle Eastern chef and an Italian mother. She picked up a longing for big flavors and incorporated her childhood eating experiences into her recipes. I love the spicy and flavorful food in her recipes.
- The layout of the book is very visually appealing. The author is a successful blogger so it isn’t surprising that she knows how to organize recipes and use photos in a very appealing way.
- She shows you how to have a weekly cook off in which you prepare a lot of the meat and foods you’ll use throughout the week. This saves money because you use a lot of the same ingredients and it saves time during the week.
- The recipes are just plain good. The cinnamon beef stew is absolutely delicious and the Pad Thai is too good. She even has two fruit-based recipes for desserts and snack ideas. I cannot get enough of these recipes (except for the cauliflower mashed potatoes which I’ll explain later).
- She includes recipes for all of the sauces that she uses. You can make up all of the sauces and dressings at the beginning of the week and store them in mason jars. The sauces are tasty and 100% healthy/homemade.
- I love the personal stories and anecdotes at the beginning of the book. It’s really amazing that she invented and cooked all 115 recipes herself.
- If you are still learning how to feed your family and be the meal preparer like I am, this book really gives you just about everything you need to feed your family on a weekly basis, including the sauces, snacks, sides, and condiments you’ll need. She even lists pairing suggestions for the meals, for example which side would go best with the main meal.
There are a few things I didn’t like about the book. The binding of the book isn’t very well constructed so I want to have it bound. Also, the cauliflower mashed potato recipe is totally disgusting, in my opinion.
I love this cook book so much that I brought it with me to Arizona in one of my two suitcases and I plan on cooking from it while we wait to move to Hawaii with the military. If you have any questions about the book, please ask away in the comments.
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