Elana’s New Book-A Review of Paleo Cooking

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was so super delighted to receive Elana’s new cookbook, Paleo Cooking in the mail last week. It’ll be released on June 18th and you can order it now on Amazon. Sometimes if you order early, they ship before the release date.

Nope, I’m not paleo . I’m allergic to labels–they give me an instant headache. But I love good food. Real food. Tasty food. Food I can eat (minus gluten, dairy, soy, corn, sugar, etc.) And that’s exactly what’s in this book.

It just so happened that I was itching to play in the kitchen when I got this, so it was perfect timing.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFirst, I made the Tangy “Peanut” Sauce. Because I was physically incapable of waiting 24 hours and going to the store and getting coconut milk, I used blended young coconut, and my sauce was more of a thick, creamy, delicious dip. I loved it as it was, and even made a double batch. I did thin some of it to a sauce, and it’s excellent both ways.

The (lack of) wisdom in making ginger ale as something to photograph didn’t occur to mOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAe until I was taking the pictures. It would bubble when I added ice cubes, but by the time I could get my camera in position and focused, bye-bye went the bubbles. Cat sat and watched and did not offer any assistance, clearly. The ginger ale was cool and refreshing, and something I’ve long missed since giving up sugar.

I also made the Rosemary Chicken (pictured above, using chicken thighs) which was simple, fragrant and flavorful. We often make a similar version of this, just without the measuring and adding dried minced garlic or onion. I was even able to talk Mr. Dude into grilling rather than baking, which made it extra delicious.

The recipes were fantastic, the pictures are gorgeous and I definitely have other recipes marked, like the Cauliflower Rice and the Spicy Chai. I’m also finally considering caving in and buying an ice cream maker just for this book! I’d highly recommend it. I’ve also posted on other recipes that I’ve loved from Elana’s other books and website.

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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6 Responses to Elana’s New Book-A Review of Paleo Cooking

  1. Wonderful review, Cheryl! You always do such a comprehensive job on book reviews. That dip looks really terrific. It’s nice to know the recipe can work as either a dip or sauce. And I was drawn to that chicken, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Last, homemade ginger ale seems super special and fantastic! Hehe on your “assistant” letting you down though. ๐Ÿ™‚


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  3. Everything looks amazing. Can’t wait for the book to come out! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Thanks, Shirley! I’m always thorough when it comes to yummy food.

    Thanks, Kristen! I totally agree.

  5. paleo cooking says:

    I’m not sure its for everyone though, but if you are serious
    about wanting to make some changes in your life and maybe feel a little bit better, then you should at least try the Paleo Lifestyle.
    Before you roast the peppers with all the good stuff inside,i would boil them for a little bit first ,maybe two
    minutes,then take them out to cool. The good news is that bacon is totally allowed
    on the Paleo menu and hereโ€™s a great way to prepare a bacon and egg breakfast thatโ€™s yummy and
    good for you.

  6. Just for fun, I’ll respond to this. I have tried a full “paleo” diet twice, once for 3 months and once for 6 weeks. (ie, I gave up beans and white potatoes–most of the rest of the classic paleo recommendations line up with what works for me.) I did not find that it gave me any additional benefits. Adding beans back did not cause any negative symptoms. So thanks, but no.

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