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What is your favorite cookbook for everyday cooking ?

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Created March 05, 2012 at 11:20 AM

What is your favorite cookbook for everyday paleo/primal cooking ?

Everyday cooking as in (roughly in this order of priority):

  1. meals which are low-carb paleo/primal compatible
  2. meals which don't require a laundry list of ingredients
  3. meals which can me made under 30 minutes
  4. meals which don't require almond flour, coconut flour as primary ingredient. No paleo junkfood : Paleo pancakes, pizza, brownies or ice cream
  5. meals which are budget friendly

I'm curious about:

  • Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat
  • Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals: Delicious, Primal-Approved Meals You Can Make in Under 30 Minutes

Do these books fit my criteria ? Are there any other good ones ?

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on December 12, 2012
at 02:16 PM

I *LOVE* Linda Sue's recipes! The only bad thing is that she uses a lot of Splenda and stuff like that...mostly just in the desserts, though, so if you cook "real food," you're okay. It's the same problem I have with Dana Carpender's cookbooks -- way too much artificial crap. Still great for getting ideas though.

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on December 12, 2012
at 03:03 AM

This is great. The recipe for pork tenderloin with paprika all over it is so easy and so delicious.

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on March 05, 2012
at 08:32 PM

I don't use cookbooks either. i use the internet.

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on March 05, 2012
at 07:00 PM

Yes the sample has a lot of goodies in it! It doesn't have the list of Hot Plate ideas, but imaginative folks can figure it out.

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on March 05, 2012
at 04:29 PM

There are a couple of posts with a lot of people's pinterest info, try searching

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on March 05, 2012
at 04:28 PM

You can get the 30 page free download that has all the info on her food prep, weekly cookup, info on Hot Plates, etc.

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on March 05, 2012
at 04:20 PM

Both Primbal Blueprint cookbooks (PB Cookbook, PB Quick & Easy) meet your criteria, though "budget-friendly" will depend on your budget. I have the Well Fed cookbook which I have to say I don't find very useful because the print is so small. The pictures are gorgeous, though, and it seems to have interesting recipes and helpful info on preparation.

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on March 05, 2012
at 03:50 PM

ohh, i'd like to follow your recipe board. what is your name on pinterest?

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on March 05, 2012
at 02:26 PM

I guess I'm the big jerk.. I don't really use cookbooks but if I do I just see what I like and amend to fit my needs. Julia Child's books were always my reference. So you're not limited to just paleo/primal specific books, I would also hit the bookstore or library and check a bunch out, flip through and see what's your jam and again, adapt. Its fun :)

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on March 05, 2012
at 02:11 PM

Just bought it- thanks for the recommendation!

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on March 05, 2012
at 04:14 PM

"Garden of Eating" (Rachel Albert & Don Matesz) is the best paleo-friendly cookbook I have (out of the 10 or so I now own). It's great for a newbie cook, as they discuss produce selection, stocking your pantry, & cooking techniques. They give variations for recipes, so you can take a baked fish recipe and substitute a different fish, spices, etc. to make it different.

One of my pet peeves with many paleo cookbooks is how hard it is to find a recipe you think you remember from somewhere but you aren't sure which cookbook it's in. "Garden of Eating" has a complete table of contents, thorough index based on ingredient, and citations for the health claims they make.

It addresses the proper preparation of grains but few recipes call for non-paleo ingredients.

To order, go to Chef Rachel's website - www.thehealthycookingcoach.com

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on March 05, 2012
at 12:42 PM

I HIGHLY recommend Well Fed! The recipes are fantastic (there are a couple treats, but Melissa doesn't do junk food), but the best part was about doing a "weekly cookup-" cooking a bunch of meat and partially cooking veggies so you can mix and match with different spices and condiments over the week. I spend about two hours cooking on my sunday afternoons, and that enables me to have dinner on the table 5 or 10 minutes after I get home from work or the gym! Doing this has freed up SO much time for me. Also, the layout of the book is great- each recipe has a notes section, and she gives ideas on how to pair up dishes, and ways to change up the recipes with different ingredients. I did a review here- http://highbrowpaleo.wordpress.com/2012/01/25/are-you-well-fed/

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on March 05, 2012
at 04:28 PM

You can get the 30 page free download that has all the info on her food prep, weekly cookup, info on Hot Plates, etc.

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on March 05, 2012
at 07:00 PM

Yes the sample has a lot of goodies in it! It doesn't have the list of Hot Plate ideas, but imaginative folks can figure it out.

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on December 12, 2012
at 03:01 AM

The Joy Of Cooking... it's not a Paleo cookbook, but it's very informative... goes above and beyond to explain how to handle and prepare just about anything. And, really, you already know which foods you do & don't want to eat, right? Use it for what you need it for, ignore the rest. I own three... one at home, one at my moms, & one at work. They all get used regularly.

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on December 12, 2012
at 03:03 AM

This is great. The recipe for pork tenderloin with paprika all over it is so easy and so delicious.

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on March 05, 2012
at 01:19 PM

The only cookbook I have is Everyday Paleo. It's pretty good, very few treats or paleo junk. I get most of my recipes online though and pin them to a folder in Pinterest. You can search "paleo" on pinterest and find a ton of recipes there. And...it's free!

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on March 05, 2012
at 04:29 PM

There are a couple of posts with a lot of people's pinterest info, try searching

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on March 05, 2012
at 03:50 PM

ohh, i'd like to follow your recipe board. what is your name on pinterest?

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on March 05, 2012
at 11:40 AM

i like alot of the stuff here

http://www.genaw.com/lowcarb/recipes.html

other than that, Mark Sissons "user created" cookbook is pretty good and free.

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on December 12, 2012
at 02:16 PM

I *LOVE* Linda Sue's recipes! The only bad thing is that she uses a lot of Splenda and stuff like that...mostly just in the desserts, though, so if you cook "real food," you're okay. It's the same problem I have with Dana Carpender's cookbooks -- way too much artificial crap. Still great for getting ideas though.

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on December 12, 2012
at 04:56 PM

I seem to have lots of cookbooks and even cooking magazines but rarely use them except to muse over the possibilities or drool over the pictures. It seems that any recipe I have used must be tweaked, often many times, to get it just right. Lately, I have been getting recipes off the internet and adapt from there.

I do enjoy and find very useful books on how to cook. I just received Michael Ruhlman's "Ruhlman's Twenty" and though I probably won't use every technique, it is nice to know the concepts behind them and ultimately that is the difference between an ok dish and a great one.

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on December 12, 2012
at 02:38 PM

Not a cookbook, but still a FANTASTIC source for Paleo recipes of every kind under the sun:

www.chowstalker.com

I also really like The Primal Blueprint Cookbook. I don't have the Quick & Easy Meals version, so I can't comment on that, but this one has some very good recipes.

Diane SanFilippo's Practical Paleo is awesome. It's not just a cookbook -- it's a complete guide to Paleo eating, but there are a ton of recipes. Not all are quick, but I've made several things from there already and they've all been wonderful.

*The truth is, any cookbooks with nice meat entrees and vegetable dishes can give you great ideas, whether "Paleo" or not. Frankly, my public library has a great cookbook selection, and I can get plenty of ideas. Some thing you have to modify a bit, but really, most dishes that are meat and/or veggies already are "Paleo." (Just watch out for breading, thickeners, and sauces that might have wacky ingredients.)

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on March 05, 2012
at 05:43 PM

I like using "normal" cookbooks and just adapting stuff to fit my needs/tastes. How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman gets a good workout around here. It's like..."cook" recipes instead of "chef" recipes.

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on March 05, 2012
at 04:37 PM

I have plenty of cookbooks, but none of them are Paleo. Most of them are ethnic cookbooks that are leftover from my non-Paleo days.

I used to work with an older Puerto Rican lady who brought me many delicious home-made things like pasteles, etc. I would always ask her, "How do you make this?" And her answer would always be the same "Just cook it!" At that time I thought, "What do you mean, just cook it? Don't you need to follow a recipe?"

I know how to cook dishes from five different cultures yet I find Paleo cooking the easiest. Time-consuming (washing and cutting up all the vegetables) but so unbelievably easy.

I don't have a Paleo cookbook, I invent everything myself. I make vegetable soups and stews (different each time), delicious bakes, and if somebody would ask me for a recipe I would probably answer, "Just cook it!"

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on March 05, 2012
at 01:51 PM

Internal bliss: http://shop.gapsdiet.com/product.sc?productId=83

... but actually I use the internet as my main cookbook :-)

Helga

www.wholenewview.com

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on March 05, 2012
at 01:04 PM

I really like LeAnne Ely's Saving Dinner Low Carb. I have several other paleo cookbooks, but I find I use hers the most - it is broken down into weekly menus with weekly shopping lists.

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on March 05, 2012
at 12:53 PM

I also love Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan. Best book out there in my opinion

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on March 05, 2012
at 02:11 PM

Just bought it- thanks for the recommendation!

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on June 25, 2013
at 11:08 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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