This week I have been reading through Sarah Ballantyne’s (The Paleo Mom) new cook book! I really admire the research she has done into autoimmune conditions and how to manage them through proper nutrition. I don’t buy cook books too often but this one is special because all the recipes are autoimmune friendly (AIP) which is not an easy feat! Today I will be reviewing The Paleo Approach Cookbook: A Detailed Guide to Heal Your Body and Nourish Your Soul.
When you buy a cook book you generally expect recipes, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that there is a lot more than just recipes in this beast! The Paleo Mom has outlined very nice lists of things you can and should include in your diet. What I really like about this is that she doesn’t just include the obvious such as chicken and beef, she goes all out including things like whale, beaver, and crocodile! I think it is really cool how much variety is out there that many of us don’t even consider. She also includes sections on why quality is important, where to buy, and eating AIP on a budget. She even includes a list of priorities when shopping, so if you can’t afford all grass-fed meat she has prioritised your next best alternatives.
After reading this book I am even more impressed with The Paleo Mom than I was before. She must have been a very busy lady writing this awesome cook book and her other book (The Paleo Approach) while caring for her family and running a blog! She includes a chapter on proper storage of food, culinary techniques, and tools. She also included full meal AIP meal plans using her recipes.This book is more like a encyclopedia then a simple cook book, she even included charts of meat cooking times and temperatures, as well as AIP cooking substitutions. If you are new to AIP this book might be all you need to get started!
On the recipes themselves Sarah has included nutrition facts and other important notes such as if the recipe is high in FODMAPs. Throughout the book there are so many beautiful pictures of Sarah shopping around for her groceries, and every recipe has a nice big picture to accompany it. I am a very visual person so I loved this, all the food looked so delicious! I definitely book marked a lot of the recipes to try out! One more thing I like about the recipes is she has included a whole variety of different meats and vegetables in her recipes, and also includes a whole section for cooking with organ meats. It definitely gives you the motivation to try something new. I can’t wait to try her steak and kidney pie recipe!
Bookmarked for later!
I’ve definitely got a lot of cooking to do now! You can order your copy of the cook book HERE (affiliate link). This book is a must-have for anyone following the autoimmune protocol (AIP), but I would also recommend it to people who are paleo and avoiding egg, nuts, or nightshades because paleo recipes without those ingredients are not easy to find! Even if you aren’t allergic to these foods, many paleo recipes rely heavily on nuts and eggs to make them work so this cook book is a nice change if you are looking to use more diverse ingredients. I am pretty excited to try out these delicious and nutrition recipes!
I would rate this cook book 10/10 as it includes tons of useful information along with great, diverse recipes and lots of tasty pictures.
Let me know in the comments below how you like The Paleo Approach Cook Book!