Practical Paleo - Livin' the Good Life
Feb. 19th, 2013
11:29 am - Practical Paleo
I am not one to use, much less recommend, a cookbook. Don't get me wrong, I have cookbooks, and I do use them occasionally, but I don't like using them. I guess it's because I do NOT do well with written directions. I learn better by watching and imitating. I'm very visual. That is why I love this new cookbook, PRACTICAL PALEO, by Diane Sanfilippo, which I bought on a whim. It has very simple directions, clearly laid out, with wonderful pictures that show important parts of the process and the finished product. I find the photos to be very appealing and the sight of the meals causes my mouth to water.
But, the main thing I like about this cookbook, and is not true of any other cookbook I've seen, is that I literally want to make every recipe in it. I look at the picture, read the ingredients, and say to myself, "That looks delicious. I want to make that." When I see how easy the directions are, I feel confident that I will be able to make it and that it will be a success. I've already made three dishes from it, and I have a list of ten others that I want to make THIS WEEK. Also, given my restricted diet, I'm delighted when I see the ingredients in each recipe.... I can eat everything. There's no bread, flours, or grains of any kind. There is no sugar. (Just a bit of maple syrup here and there.) There is also no dairy. I do eat dairy, but it's refreshing to see meals that don't contain it and still look and sound delicious.
I'm actually looking forward to cooking this week!
Oh... an afterthought. This is not strictly a cookbook. The first half of the book is about the Paleo diet with lots of nutrition information. I did not find this particularly useful or interesting. I've done enough reading to already know about this diet and why it's a good one. This info is for novices. So I skipped the first half and went straight to the recipes. Also, the book is very large, so it's a bit unwieldy. Other than those disclaimers, I recommend this book to people on restricted diets.