Book Review: The Paleo Approach Cookbook

Guys. It’s coming. The Paleo Approach Cookbook is finally on its way.

If The Paleo Approach is the autoimmune bible — thoroughly explaining the hows and whys of autoimmune disease, diet, and lifestyle — its sequel is the food bible. Not only does Sarah provide a complete list of foods to eat if you’re out to bring balance to your immune system, hormones, and gut flora and then explain where to find them and how to afford them, she also provides more than two hundred recipes to get those foods onto your table and into your belly. And you don’t have to have autoimmune disease to appreciate her delicious, nourishing food. Sarah writes that she wanted to create a modern cooking encyclopedia akin to Julia Child’s “The Way to Cook”, and that is exactly what she did. Learning how to cook meat, how to source quality ingredients, how to chop vegetables, and how to store leftovers are skills everyone needs to pick up.

I learned so much from the introductory material. Beyond what to eat on the autoimmune protocol and how to source those ingredients (even if you’re on a budget), Sarah details how to store those ingredients safely, what cooking terms like al dente and glazing mean, the kind of kitchen tools and pantry ingredients you’ll need, how to take care of your kitchen tools and use them safely, how to make the most of your time in the kitchen, how to substitute your current staples for autoimmune protocol-friendly alternatives, AND offers meal plans and shopping lists to help you get started. The book is designed similarly to The Paleo Approach, with bright colors, great photography and illustrations, and insets of factoids on autoimmune disease, cooking, and nutrition.

One of the most important things I have learned from Sarah is to be adventurous, and while I might not yet be able to throw back eyeballs or fish heads like she can, I have been inspired by her derring-do to get out of my comfort zone and try oysters, liver, heart, bones, and tripe (which is by far the weirdest thing I have ever eaten) as well as any unfamiliar produce I stumble across at my local markets. And The Paleo Approach Cookbook has recipes for pretty much all of them. You’ll figure out how to make use of the whole animal (and I do mean whole) and what to do with that weird-looking plant you found at Whole Foods… and discover new plants and animals you hadn’t thought about eating before or didn’t even know existed. Given the lengthy list of “nos” on the autoimmune protocol, you’d be surprised at the abundance of food still available to you. Isn’t it fun to learn new things?

In that vein, one of my favorite recipes from The Paleo Approach Cookbook is the Steak and Kidney Pie. We’d never had kidneys before, and this pie is the way to go. Warm and creamy, it is pure comfort food. We’re pretty much living on offal because it’s the cheapest, most nutrient-dense way to buy grass-fed meat, and Sarah is my go-to for offal recipes of all kinds. We also made her Oxtail-Braised Greens for our first oxtail experience, and her collection of “hidden offal” recipes like meatloaf, sausage, and meatballs are an excellent choice for offal beginners. There’s a huge collection of sides, seafood, poultry, appetizers and breakfasts, soups, and sweets! From sorbets to layer cakes, you’ll never want for an allergen-free special occasion indulgence again. And, almost every recipe includes nutrition facts and suggestions for adapting the recipe for a low-FODMAP diet.

I cannot speak highly enough of this cookbook. It is the cookbook of the year. And it’s currently available for pre-order for 30% off on Amazon! It comes out August 26th, so get ready for some of the best food of your life!

Disclaimer: Although I work for Sarah, I was neither paid nor asked to write this review.

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