Cookbook recommendation?

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Created February 13, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Can anyone recommend a good Paleo cookbook? There are several great blogs out there with many recipes (like everyday Paleo), and Performance Menu is great, but I'm wondering if there are any traditional-style cookbooks around.

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on September 10, 2013
at 10:07 AM

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on February 16, 2010
at 06:25 PM

I use this cookbook a lot. They tend more towards making grains edible by soaking, fermenting or sprouting, but if you dig, you can find paleo recipes inside.

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on February 14, 2010
at 12:51 PM

Full Moon Feast is a good one. It's in the Weston Price tradition, so there are grains and legumes, but it is organized by season and tied into traditional foodways. There is an author website at www.wisefoodways.com if you want a flavor of the recipes and philosophy.

There are many, many cookbooks out there based on seasonal Farmer's Market offerings. Just go to your local library, search the catalog for "Farmer's Market cookbook" and find at least a dozen. Same for "Meat Cookbooks" "Fish Cookbooks" etc.

Libraries are great for cookbook browsing. Most cookbooks can be pricey to buy new, and hard to find used. My rule of thumb is if I keep going back to check out the same cookbook over and over, I buy it.

Also, make your own! When you find an online recipe you like, print it out, put it in a clear plastic sheath made for student reports, and put it in a 3-ring binder. Collect all the recipes you really use and like, and voila!---a personalized cookbook.

May you eat well. Susan D. Rosenberg, MD



on February 13, 2010
at 06:19 PM

Nourishing Traditions has a lot of paleo-friendly recipes.

The Garden of Eating (http://www.thegardenofeatingdiet.com/)

Mastering the Art of French Cooking (J Child) isn't paleo per se, but we've made a number of dishes that absolutely qualify and taste incredible

Not a cook book, but cavemanfood.blogspot.com is excellent.



on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I have Berardi's Gourmet Nutrition 2.0, although it isn't "Paleo" per se, it does break down recipes into pre or post work out, based on carbs.

Also, Paleo Cook Book is a good little e-grab, and it's the only book I've linked on my blog.



on February 15, 2010
at 11:23 PM

I have a lot of links to good recipe pages on the Blogs I Follow list--there are a lot of Paleo/Primal bloggers out there that post recipes weekly--and I try to keep up with them.

Also, as people already mentioned. Mark's Daily Apple has good recipes, and Elana's Pantry as well--she follows a Paleo-ish diet. Also Nikki Young's Cookbooks are excellent--she has some really good ideas. The Cordain Paleo site is pretty good, and the paleodiet.com site has a LOT of recipes.



on February 15, 2010
at 05:55 AM

Can't recommend this cookbook one way or the other, but I bookmarked this one a couple of weeks ago after reading an article about native american diet, and thought I would share here.

Nourishing Traditions @ Amazon



on February 16, 2010
at 06:25 PM

I use this cookbook a lot. They tend more towards making grains edible by soaking, fermenting or sprouting, but if you dig, you can find paleo recipes inside.



on February 14, 2010
at 02:22 PM

For an actual book that's 90% paleo, I like "Gourmet Nutrition 2.0" from John Berardi. I also hear that "Healthy Urban Kitchen" is very much in like with the paleo ideology.



on February 14, 2010
at 01:34 PM

I like Mark's Daily Apple blog for recipes. Cookbooks I like: The Meat Cookbook, and The Garden of Eating. I use a few recipes in The Grain-Free Gourmet, The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook, and Nourishing Traditions. I'm sure any of the older cookbooks like Julia Child's have some good recipes. Joy of Cooking has a lot of basic recipes, and I often refer to it when I cook something brand new.



on February 13, 2010
at 09:43 PM

Richard Niklley's Free The Animal blog has an amazing amount of delicious recipes and pics.

Search under category: "Food porn"



on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

Check out these Paleo Cookbooks , I also second Skyler with the Healthy Urban Kitchen cookbooks.


on April 22, 2012
at 03:32 AM

The Fireside Cookbook by James Beard, published in 1949, and was republished in 2008.

While not a modern (haha) 'paleo' cookbook, it is in this cookbook that I find many recipes directly compatible with primal/paleo, or easily adapted. The butter sauces in it are fantastic!

This is from the introduction by the author:

"The methods of cooking are very few. The basic principles are the same in every country, and have been since the earliest times. Even before the discovery of fire, prehistoric man was eating salads made from tender shoots of young plants. When, after he had learned to keep a fire lighted at the mouth of his cave, he wrapped a wild yam in leaves and thrust it in the ashes, he was baking. When he spitted the haunch of a fresh-killed saver-tooth tiger over the flame, he was engaged in a process that is repeated by a thousand modern housewives each week as they prepare the Sunday roast. . . . The first of our prehistoric ancestors who gave his judicial attention to mastodon steak and concluded that it tasted better and was less tough when cooked to a rosy pink, rather than casually seared, became, in my opinion a cook."

I have no other cookbook which tells me how to prepare Calf's Head, and how to clean the brain and how to prepare it. Deviled Calf's liver? Liver julienne? Sweetbreads en Brochette?

It's my daily inspiration.


on February 13, 2012
at 07:48 AM

I like Paleo Comfort Foods by Julie and Charles Mayfield. Makes me feel like less of a Neanderthal. (not that there's anything wrong with it...)



on February 15, 2010
at 05:59 PM

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on February 15, 2010
at 05:57 PM

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on February 15, 2010
at 05:43 PM

I have to agree with Nicole. I cook more and more simply. I am buying better quality meat and it doesn't need much of anything to taste great.

I do like the McLagan cookbooks though - Bones and Fat. They have encouraged me to try some new things and I definitely need to try more offal recipes.

The Nourishing Tradition cookbook is an interesting read, but the recipes are not that great in my opinion. I would try to get a copy from the library first before buying. Their fermentation recipes tend to be salty. If you are interested in cultured foods, Wild Fermentation is a better book. There's a website and forum if you'd rather check it out first.

Elana's pantry website has some good recipes and a forum where you can ask questions.

If you are new-ish to cooking, Barbara Kafka's Roasting is a good start for the Paleo minded



on February 13, 2010
at 08:54 PM

You know, I find myself less and less interested in cookbooks and recipes, and I used to cook a lot.

I now focus on simple preparation of meat and veg. I do use spices and seasonings, but I just don't go to a lot of effort. I find that I really like the way food tastes and that a lot of effort just isn't required.

I don't prepare fruit at all, of course, I just eat it! I have been soaking and crisping my nuts lately, which kind of counts as cooking, I guess.

I probably put most of my cooking effort into making salad dressings.



on June 25, 2013
at 11:06 AM

This is my favorite paleo recipe book right now. There are lots of different things that keep your diet on track but help you eat well too. Check it out. Over 300 recipes!

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