4 New Cookbooks For Your Favorite Paleo

updated May 2, 2019
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If you’re not eating like a caveman yourself then I’d bet my cast iron skillet that you know someone who is. Here are four books that aim to prove that a caveman’s diet definitely has a place in the 21st century. From Nom Nom Paleo‘s spicy coconut shrimp to the 30 day meal plan in Paleo for Beginners, these books give a whole new meaning to the word “diet.”

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Nom Nom Paleo

  • Who wrote it: Michelle Tam and Henry Fong
  • Who published it: Andrews McMeel
  • Number of recipes: Over 100
  • Recipes for right now: Maple-Spiced Walnuts, Winter Kale and Persimmon Salad, Curried Cream of Broccoli Soup, Sweet Potato Hash, Asian Cauliflower Fried “Rice,” Mussels in Curry Broth, Peruvian Roast Chicken, Cinnamon Apple Scones
  • Other highlights: Like Michelle’s blog and her iPad app, this book is chock-full of colorful food photos, smiling faces, and silly jokes — oh, and recipes that burst with so much flavor that you can practically taste them through the page. Tam’s total enthusiasm for this food will hook you in and have you cooking Paleo faster than you can say “nom.”
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Paleo for Beginners

  • Who wrote it: Sonoma Press
  • Who published it: Sonoma Press
  • Number of recipes:150
  • Recipes for right now: Swiss Chard Chicken Omelet, Apple Paleo Muffins, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Buffalo Wings, Shrimp Paella, Savory Beef Stew, Coconut Snowballs, Apple Crumble
  • Other highlights: Paleo for Beginners is your kickstart plan for eating Paleo. It walks you through the basics of what to eat, why (or why not!), and what this means for your health. Then it sets you up with a 30-day meal plan — including breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and dessert! — so that you have all the tools you need to leap right in to a Paleo diet. This book takes more of a diet-driven and no-frills approach than the others here — great if you’re the type that likes having clear instructions and a solid plan when trying out something new.
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Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods

  • Who wrote it: Julie and Charles Mayfield
  • Who published it: Harlequin
  • Number of recipes: Over 100
  • Recipes for right now: Clam Chowder, Creamy Cauliflower and Chicken Soup, Almond-Crusted Pork Tenderloin, Quick Beef Curry, Smothered Pork Chops, Spicy Salmon Cakes, Chipotle-Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Banana Muffins, Lemony Cookies
  • Other highlights: Paleo foods + comfort foods + 30-minute meals? Check! All your favorite meals are covered here, from Jalapeno Poppers to make on game day to creamy smothered pork chops when the snow is falling. This would be a good resource for someone who has already started following the Paleo diet and is looking for some more recipes to expand their mealtime reportoire.
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Well Fed 2

  • Who wrote it: Melissa Joulwan
  • Who published it: Smudge Publishing
  • Number of recipes: Over 100
  • Recipes for right now: Thyme-Braised Short Ribs, Lemon Lamb Tagine, Shrimp Scampi, Cincinnati Chili, Balsamic Grilled Butternut, Golden Cauliflower Soup, Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon, Banana Pecan Ice Cream,
  • Other highlights: Melissa Joulwan is ready to be your personal coach when it comes to eating Paleo — complete with well-timed bursts of chipper encouragement and the occasional wagging finger. A full third of the book is devoted to helping you set up your Paleo kitchen and stocking it with spices, condiments, and all sorts of tasty seasonings to make your meals extra-awesome. The recipes that follow focus primarily on all the wild and wonderful ways to cook meat, from deconstructed gyros to pan-fried sardines, with shorter sections on vegetable sides and sweet finishes.

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