We Can All Scream For Ice Cream – Book Review

We Can All Scream For Ice Cream

Book Title:

We Can All Scream For Ice Cream
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Book Author(s): Jennifer Robins & Vivian Cheng

Overview of Book:

We Can All Scream For Ice Cream is a book filled with recipes for frozen treats allowing concerned parents to let kids ‘be kids’ and enjoy the same kinds of treats their friends are having, and for adults to enjoy without breaking their healthy eating patterns.

The book has been written specifically with the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol in mind. This means the recipes have taken Paleo eating one step further, eliminating allergens including nuts and other ingredients that are often connected to food intolerances. Introductory chapters include information about digestion and the connection to health issues and kitchen tips. Recipes can be made with an ice cream maker or without so there are no special tools required.
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The Gelatin Secret – Book Review

The Gelatin Secret - McCracken

Book Title:

The Gelatin Secret
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Book Author(s): Sylvie McCracken

Overview of Book:

The Gelatin Secret is an in-depth look at the health benefits of gelatin – real, healthy gelatin – in every life. It includes comprehensive information about the benefits of gelatin for a variety of needs and health interests and wraps up with recipes aimed at adding gelatin to your diet. Stepping away from what we have come to think of as gelatin, the book explains the many benefits of gelatin from bones – the original inspiration – and how getting back to your roots is good for you.
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Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People who Love to Eat – Book Review

Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People who Love to Eat – Review

Book Title:

Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat Click here to purchase this book.

Book Author: Melissa Joulwan

Overview of Book:

Well Fed provides basic information about Paleo eating, helpful guidelines for stocking pantries and kitchens, shopping guidelines and basic recipes for sauces, seasonings and week-day meal planning.
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Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs by The Paleo Kitchen

Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs from The Paleo Kitchen

I’ve been a fan of George’s (Civilized Caveman Cooking) and Juli’s (PaleOMG) sites for a long time, and so I was really excited when they decided to work together on a cookbook, The Paleo Kitchen.

They posted one of their delicious recipes (Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread) from The Paleo Kitchen here a few months ago, and I know a lot of people emailed me because they loved the recipe. So, I went and tested one of their recipes for dinner last night. It was one of the really easy ones (because I’m currently limited to the stuff they sell in a Tesco Express – a tiny supermarket in Edinburgh).

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Caveman Feast – Review

Caveman Feast - Review

Book Title:

Caveman Feast Click here to purchase this book.

Book Author(s): George Bryant and Abel James

Overview of Book:

Caveman Feast features 200-pages of unique, inspired recipes that include virtually every cut of meat, a variety of side dishes and condiments, breakfast options and desserts. The recipes are simple and easily adapted for one or a group. Recipes range from grilling to crock pot cooking to oven and stove-top preparation ensuring whatever the season or your schedule there are options to try. Probably one of the most comprehensive Paleo recipe books I’ve seen, Caveman Feast uses simple ingredients to create everyday recipes and could become your kitchen ‘bible’ when it comes to meal ideas.
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30 Day Intro to Paleo – Review

30 Day Guide to Paleo

Book Title:

30 Day Intro to Paleo Click here to purchase this book.

Book Author(s): Haley Mason and Bill Staley

Overview of Book:

30 Day Intro to Paleo provides a good overview of what the Paleo diet is and why it is worth following. It details foods by groups in a comprehensive way, even touching specifically on drinks and snacking. Basics are defined and explained – including the difference between fats and oils and what gluten free is really all about. Finally the book includes shopping tips and a four week meal plan with recipes to get you started. The recipes are clearly marked with prep time, cooking time, total time and complexity making it easy to follow. If you aren’t specifically following the program but just bought the book for the recipes, these descriptors make it easy to decide on meals based on how much real time you have. Unlike some cookbooks that feature pictures of some recipes, here each one comes with a visual.
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Well Fed Cookbook Book Review

well fed cook book

Book Title:
Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat

 

Author: Melissa Joulwan

This is a delicious Paleo cookbook filled with amazing photos and flavors from across the world.

What makes the Well Fed cookbook special?

I love traveling and trying food from different cuisines, and Melissa’s book takes me to exotic places without even leaving my kitchen! There’s Chinese BBQ pork, El Minzah Orange Salad, Sri Lankan Curry Sauce, and more. You can travel the world with this book.

My favorite recipe from the Well Fed cookbook:

Chocolate Chili

Something Extra:

I love books that do something extra – beyond what you expect! And in Well Fed, this “something extra” is the annotations on the photos. There are all sorts of handy tips like using bottled lemon juice for making mayo as well as intimate facts e.g., Melissa’s first tattoo was inspired by Moroccan henna.

You can purchase the book on Amazon here.

Here are a few other reviews of Well Fed:
http://livinlavidalowcarb.com/blog/book-review-well-fed-by-melissa-joulwan/12552
http://gingerlemongirl.blogspot.ca/2012/03/paleo-101-books-well-fed-by-melissa.html
http://gingerlemongirl.blogspot.ca/2012/03/paleo-101-books-well-fed-by-melissa.html
http://paleoparents.com/2011/we-have-now-been-well-fed/
http://sustainablepaleo.wordpress.com/2012/12/29/book-review-well-fed/

Paleo Book Review: Deep Nutrition

deep nutrition catherine shanahan

Book Title:

Deep Nutrition – Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food

Authors

Catherine Shanahan MD and Luke Shanahan

Producing Healthy and Beautiful Children through Traditional Foods

I, like many people, had resigned myself to the fact that I had not won the genetics lottery for beauty. And like many people, I had truly believed that external beauty was mostly due to random selection and wasn’t something I (or my parents) could do too much about.

Catherine’s book really opened my eyes to a completely new way of understanding beauty and what causes it. In short, Catherine advises that “there are nutritional choices you can make to help ensure that your baby be born healthy and beautiful if that is what you desire.”

There is a symmetry in all of nature that we typically associate with “beauty,” and a healthy embryo will develop according to those same rules of symmetry that allows the baby to be truly beautiful both inside and out!

Most Mothers-To-Be Are Deficient in Nutrients

A 2006 study that is cited in the book states that “[o]verall, 74% of women are falling short on nutrients from their diet.”

And so the body draws on the woman’s own nutrients in order to grow her baby. “If mom’s diet is deficient in calcium, it will be robbed from her bones. If deficient in brain-building fats – as horrible as this sounds – the fats that make up the mother’s own brain will be sought out and extracted….Studies show maternal brains can actually shrink, primarily in the hippocampal and temporal lobe areas, which control short-term memory and emotion.”

This was definitely the part of the book that worried me the most since I haven’t started to have children yet – how awful would it be to harm my own child and myself just by not eating well before and during and after pregnancy (before pregnancy is just as important as during), and as Catherine explains later in the book, eating well after pregnancy can significantly affect the health of your second child. Most mothers have lost so many nutrients after their first child that a second child following in quick session will result in a much more sickly child (and often, less beautiful as well!).

Eat Like Our Recent Ancestors

The nutritional guidelines Catherine suggests differ slightly from Paleo (her recommendations follow more of a Western A. Price approach). In particular, Catherine recommends sprouted grains and raw diary as both these foods are common to many of our near-ancestors across the globe. She also places great emphasis on offal (organ meats) and fermented foods, which many people new to Paleo fail to realize is a huge part of Paleo!

Eat Tons of Healthy Fats

No good nutrition book can be complete without a section on healthy and unhealthy fats, and I thought the chapter on fats was explained extraordinarily well (especially how unhealthy fats can cause heart attacks). The history of why polyunsaturated fats became associated with “heart-healthy” despite tons of evidence to the contrary is a fascinating read!

Who is Dr. Cate?

I’m lucky in that Catherine is actually my primary care provider (her office is up in Napa, California, and I’ll happily make the 2 hour drive just to see her!). She’s spoken at so many conferences across the world and provides excellent care for all her patients.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book, and the links to the book are Amazon affiliate links.

Book Review: Cooking For The Specific Carbohydrate Diet

Book Review: Cooking For The Specific Carbohydrate Diet

Book Title:

Cooking For The Specific Carbohydrate Diet

Authors:

Erica Kerwien of Comfy Belly

What is The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)?

When I first started reading about Paleo, I kept hearing about SCD, and I was really confused about what it was. Erica’s book covers all the basics of SCD and provides the essential recipes and know-how to get you well on your way to healing your gut through SCD. (Steve and Jordan from SCDLifestyle.com first explained SCD to me, so a special shout-out to them)!

Basically, SCD is a diet publicized by Elaine Gottschall after it healed her young daughter of ulcerative colitis (back in 1955). Elaine Gottschall’s book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health through Diet, is still a seminal work for improving gut health. As Erica describes at the beginning of her book, “[t]he goal [of SCD] is to repair the injured intestinal lining, achieve a healthy balance of intestinal bacteria, improve absorption of nutrients from food, and quiet the immune system’s inflammatory response that occurs with many digestive issues and diseases.”

The diet eliminates the complex carbohydrates that requires digestion in your body (e.g. lactose in some dairy, polysaccharides in rice, sweet potatoes, grains, and some vegetables, processed sugars, and fiber in grains). However, unlike Paleo, some beans, pure fruit juices, and low-lactose dairy products are permitted on SCD (as described in Erica’s book). There’s a handy chart of allowed and not allowed foods on pages 4 and 5 of the book.

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Review of Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans Book

nom nom paleo book

Book Title:

Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans

Authors:

Michelle Tam and Henry Fong

Too Much Excitement!

I was really excited when Michelle from Nom Nom Paleo sent me her new cookbook. Who wouldn’t be excited to find a large red box on their doorstep :)

And my excitement continued when I opened the book, since – in addition to pages upon pages of recipes and yummy photos – there were also super-cool illustrations of Michelle and her family (including her kids, Big O and Little O, and her husband, Henry).

My Favorite Chapter

This book is filled with over 100 delicious recipes, but my favorite chapter is definitely the very first one, which is entitled “Building Blocks,” since most of the recipes in this chapter can be used to enhance other recipes or dishes. There are recipes for Dukkah (an Egyptian spice blend), Magic Mushroom Powder, her famous Paleo Sriracha sauce, Macadamia Nut “Ricotta”, Bacon Aioli, and a ton more!

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My New Cookbook is Out, and It’s Free Today! 30-Minute Paleo Dessert Recipes

30 minute paleo dessert recipes by louise hendon

In case you missed this, I released a Paleo Desserts Cookbook last week. It’s in Kindle and Print format, and you can get a free Kindle copy Today and Tomorrow ONLY. Go grab your copy free now by clicking here.

It’s #1 in Amazon Bestsellers for Baking, Desserts, and Women’s Health!

Amazon bestseller paleo cookbook

And a HUGE thank you to everyone that reviewed the book :) There are 64 Five-Star reviews and counting! You are making all my dreams come true.

Merry Christmas!

Giveaway! Modern No-Nonsense Guide to Paleo

The Modern No-Nonsense Guide to Paleo Giveaway

Alison Golden’s Book, The Modern No-Nonsense Guide To Paleo, is THE BOOK you need to jump start your Paleo diet. I love this book, and wrote a review of it here.

What’s wonderful about the book is that you can avoid making the mistakes most people coming to Paleo make and learn some great tips for making sure you stick to Paleo always!

That’s why I’m so happy that Alison said yes to giving away a copy of her book! (And, as always, you can buy this on Amazon now – just click here.)

Plus, watch out for some Facebook Flash Giveaways of this book!
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