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Recipes/Cookbooks for Foodies!?

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Created March 12, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Hi all! I'm new to the site. I'm looking for some recommendations for great Paleo cookbooks or blogs for foodies. I'm a pretty decent cook so I'm up for any level. I live in NYC so I've got pretty good access to everything. But, I don't have any access to a grill or any outdoor space. (no smoke houses on balconies, I guess they frown upon that here...)

So are there any paleo-gourmands out there? Any great recipe books or sites I should check out?

Thanks all!

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on March 23, 2012
at 05:58 PM

Thanks! super helpful, great photos make a difference when I'm trying to decide on a recipe

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on March 23, 2012
at 05:56 PM

Chocolate, Lamb, and pistachios?! I love unique flavor pairings like that, how creative! I'll def find this book. THANKS!

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on March 14, 2012
at 02:10 AM

AHH thank you all!! These are all wonderful and a LOT more than I thought there would be! yay cant wait to try them all!

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on March 12, 2012
at 11:21 PM

Lol, I'm happy to hear that sometimes a picture does not equal a thousand bites :)

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on March 12, 2012
at 11:20 PM

You're doing great work :)

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on March 12, 2012
at 11:18 PM

You're doing amazing work :)

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on March 12, 2012
at 10:45 PM

Tony, your food is so good that your pictures can't always do them justice.

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on March 12, 2012
at 10:44 PM

FED - thank you! I love YOUR recipes! I have a Nikon D90; I have no real experience, and it's taken a LOT of trial and error.

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on March 12, 2012
at 10:32 PM

I was super bummed out that I didn't think of (and copyright) "Well Fed" first. I give credit to Melissa though, she put out a good cookbook :)

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on March 12, 2012
at 10:30 PM

In a similar vein is The River Cottage Meat Book. This stout tome covers everything from the ethics of meat eating to home-butchery and is very British which makes for some unintended laughs along the way. (For example, the author often refers to "well-hung meat")

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on March 12, 2012
at 10:27 PM

I love your photography Jan! What kind of camera do you use?

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on March 12, 2012
at 10:25 PM

Much appreciated Matt!

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on March 12, 2012
at 10:19 PM

I'm quite the fan of The Domestic Man, too!

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on March 12, 2012
at 10:09 PM

Jan rocks! (Nothing more to say than that, but I needed some more characters.)

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on March 12, 2012
at 08:11 PM

Another good one, but not as active as some food porn sites. Of course, I've complained about having too many recipes in the TO DO pile more than once!

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on March 12, 2012
at 08:09 PM

FED- your eats are pretty awesome I must say. Also a fan of http://thedomesticman.com

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on March 12, 2012
at 08:02 PM

Chowstalker doesn't require that you be a great cook and photographer :) Superb source of recipe ideas and inspiration IMHO.

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on March 18, 2012
at 10:54 PM

The book on food that I get the most use out of, edging out Nourishing Traditions, is The Flavor Bible, by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg.

It's unlike any other book I've seen, but I use it all the time. It's completely awesome.

It's basically just a bunch of lists of what flavors go with each other. So under bacon, it will list all the foods that go well with bacon. And under almonds, it will list all the foods that go well with almonds, etc.

It makes it very easy to experiment with your own food combinations. Just find a bunch of foods that all go well with each other, and make up your own recipes.

So for example, let's say I want to cook some lamb chops tonight. I'll look up lamb, and there will be a long list of flavors that go well with lamb -- including chocolate. Hmm, that looks interesting. So then I'll look at the chocolate list, and find something that's also on the lamb list (so that all three will go well together). Lemon. Same thing, now looking for something that's on all three lists. Pistachios. One more time. Honey.

So I marinated the lamb chops in lemon juice, then made a coating out of chocolate shavings, lemon zest, honey, and finely chopped pistachios. I coated the lamb in that mixture, broiled it, and . . . OMG, it was so delicious!

Using the same process, again making lamb, but starting with anchovies instead of chocolate, I made lamb with a sauce containing diced anchovies, mustard, chopped parsley, minced garlic, chopped capers and butter. I heated all the ingredients in a saucepan and applied it to the lamb after cooking it . . . OMG, so delicious again!

The potential combinations are endless. Be as creative as you want. As long as you stick to ingredients that all work well together, you're pretty much guaranteed to end up with a splendid finished product, no matter how complicated (or simple) you make it.

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on March 23, 2012
at 05:56 PM

Chocolate, Lamb, and pistachios?! I love unique flavor pairings like that, how creative! I'll def find this book. THANKS!

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on March 12, 2012
at 08:16 PM

And a little self-promotion from me, too: www.JansSushiBar.com - I was a food blogger before I discovered paleo, but just about everything I've posted in the last 20 months has been paleo/primal friendly. :)

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on March 12, 2012
at 10:27 PM

I love your photography Jan! What kind of camera do you use?

91c2e2a35e578e2e79ce7d631b753879

(2081)

on March 12, 2012
at 10:44 PM

FED - thank you! I love YOUR recipes! I have a Nikon D90; I have no real experience, and it's taken a LOT of trial and error.

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(19469)

on March 12, 2012
at 11:18 PM

You're doing amazing work :)

Medium avatar

(19469)

on March 12, 2012
at 11:20 PM

You're doing great work :)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on March 12, 2012
at 10:09 PM

Jan rocks! (Nothing more to say than that, but I needed some more characters.)

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on March 12, 2012
at 06:32 PM

There's always http://Chowstalker.com for your food porn needs. All paleo, maybe the photography is not up to snuff when compared to other food porn sites, but the focus is on the food more than the images there. Not to say there aren't good images on Chowstalker...

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on March 12, 2012
at 10:25 PM

Much appreciated Matt!

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(19469)

on March 12, 2012
at 08:02 PM

Chowstalker doesn't require that you be a great cook and photographer :) Superb source of recipe ideas and inspiration IMHO.

91c2e2a35e578e2e79ce7d631b753879

(2081)

on March 12, 2012
at 10:19 PM

I'm quite the fan of The Domestic Man, too!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41757)

on March 12, 2012
at 08:09 PM

FED- your eats are pretty awesome I must say. Also a fan of http://thedomesticman.com

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on March 13, 2012
at 12:16 AM

Rotis, Roasts for Every Day of the Week by Stephane Reynaud - simple instructions and beautiful photos for roasting just about anything from fish, lamb, beef, duck, pork, rabbit, chicken, marrow, boar, and more! Plus a bunch of tasty sides that are pretty paleo such as Pumpkin with Chestnuts, Slow-Cooked Porcino Mushrooms, Autumn Fruit and Vegetables, Basque Vegetable Stew, and "Saute of Forgotten Vegetables" staring parsnips, rutabagas, and jerusalem artichokes!

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on March 12, 2012
at 10:43 PM

http://www.primal-palate.com/ - this one to me is like food porn :) I've made dozens of these recipes and they all turn out amazing!!

http://www.inerikaskitchen.com/ - not paleo per-se, but good recipes that can be paleo-tweaked

http://www.elanaspantry.com/ - yum, yum, yum

http://www.theclothesmakethegirl.com/ - buy the cookbook - it's awesome too

Jennifer McLagan's books (Fat, Bones and OddBits) are awesome!

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on March 12, 2012
at 10:07 PM

Linda's low carb. http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/

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on March 12, 2012
at 08:05 PM

TheFoodee.com is a great site for tasty food and tasty food photography.

Whenever I managed to take a good food pic I always submit it to them :) http://www.thefoodee.com/source/?site=http://www.fitnessinanevolutionarydirection.com

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on March 12, 2012
at 08:11 PM

Another good one, but not as active as some food porn sites. Of course, I've complained about having too many recipes in the TO DO pile more than once!

91c2e2a35e578e2e79ce7d631b753879

(2081)

on March 12, 2012
at 10:45 PM

Tony, your food is so good that your pictures can't always do them justice.

Medium avatar

(19469)

on March 12, 2012
at 11:21 PM

Lol, I'm happy to hear that sometimes a picture does not equal a thousand bites :)

7766dc7ce986f132946ad38d21b2753f

(15)

on March 23, 2012
at 05:58 PM

Thanks! super helpful, great photos make a difference when I'm trying to decide on a recipe

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on March 13, 2012
at 03:08 AM

For Paleo cookbooks, see http://paleoresources.com/paleo-primal-resources/23/books/65/cookbook (disclaimer: it's my site ;-) )

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on March 12, 2012
at 08:59 PM

A couple of cookbooks that I like are:

Paleo Comfort Foods and though not strictly paleo Nourishing Traditions

Enjoy.

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on March 12, 2012
at 08:15 PM

Nose to Tail at Home is the foodie cookbook I actually use the most. Great stuff, even if you have to paleo-ize some recipes (take out toast etc.)

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(19469)

on March 12, 2012
at 10:30 PM

In a similar vein is The River Cottage Meat Book. This stout tome covers everything from the ethics of meat eating to home-butchery and is very British which makes for some unintended laughs along the way. (For example, the author often refers to "well-hung meat")

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on March 12, 2012
at 08:14 PM

Well Fed is a great cookbook with some pretty unique, and somewhat exotic (and delicious) recipes.

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(19469)

on March 12, 2012
at 10:32 PM

I was super bummed out that I didn't think of (and copyright) "Well Fed" first. I give credit to Melissa though, she put out a good cookbook :)

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on March 12, 2012
at 08:00 PM

A little self promotion, I have a blog www.fitnesswithspice.com

I take recipes and pictures for inspiration and put a spin on it, or add my own flavor. I try to keep my recipes simple so anyone can do it.

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on March 12, 2012
at 07:01 PM

I like Sarah Fragoso's cookbook. Marks daily apple has a bunch of readers recipes. I didn't like his book as much....

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