Finlayson, a veteran of 15 cookbooks, is back with a title that hits a bit closer to her tummy. Her health journey includes a gluten-free diet, which then morphed into an appreciation of Paleo cooking, a philosophy that eschews foods our hunter-gather ancestors would not have eaten. Lest one fear Paleo demands participants only consume slabs of unseasoned meat, recipes call for fresh veggies, fruits, and meats (grass fed, locally sourced), which are then transformed into dishes like oh-so-retro Swedish meatballs, chicken Provençal, and braised Belgian endive, all of which receive Finlayson’s Entertaining Worthy designation. While some methods, like using salt, might make Paleo purists rail, it is acknowledged that the slow cooker is a convenience, and so some ingredients (e.g., canned tomatoes) reflect the spirit of the appliance. Slow-cooking novices are given an excellent overview of slow-cooker food safety before venturing into the wilds of the simple, versatile recipes, many of which can be prepped two days before cooking. This is the cookbook busy Paleo practitioners have been looking for. --Courtney Jones
Judith Finlayson is a bestselling cookbook author and journalist whose slow cooker books have sold over 750,000 copies. Some of her bestselling titles include The Healthy Slow Cooker, 175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics and The Vegetarian Slow Cooker. She lives in Toronto, Canada.