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"Paleo Comfort Foods bridges the gap between traditional cookbooks and the paleo diet in a seamless and beautiful way...This is the cookbook you'll give to your Mom, your co-worker, your best friend, to get them started on a healthy eating plan in a way that feels familiar and easy." - Melissa Hartwig, RKC
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"Superb photos and inviting format...The book makes it clear that it's no longer a matter of avoiding gluten but of enjoying all the gluten-less foods that nature provides...Anyone unsure of embarking on a paleo-type diet will find comfort in Paleo Comfort Foods."
Philip J. Goscienski, M.D., author, Health Secrets of the Stone Age.

"My mouth watered on just my first opening of Paleo Comfort Foods...Anyone searching for recipes consistent with the healthy "Paleo" diet approach that are unique, tasty, and simple will not be disappointed with this gorgeous book!" - William Davis, MD, New York Times best selling author of Wheat Belly

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'Healthy' and 'delicious' can coexist, and Paleo Comfort Foods shows you how! In this one-of-a-kind cookbook, Julie and Charles Mayfield teach you how to make old-fashioned, homestyle recipes with real ingredients, resulting in dishes that are sure to please anyone living a paleo, primal, or gluten-free lifestyle. You will stave off mealtime boredom with classic favorites such as Pot of Chicken Pie, Shrimp and 'Grits,' Fried Green Tomatoes, and Jules' Banana Pudding. All of the 125+ recipes are accompanied by mouth-watering color photographs, inspiring even those afraid of the kitchen to create these delightful recipes. In addition to recipes, Paleo Comfort Foods breaks down the basics of the paleo kitchen, helps you stock your pantry and fridge for healthy eating, and offers tips and tricks that will make your life in the kitchen easier and more enjoyable. Armed with Paleo Comfort Foods, making healthy eating a permanent way of life for you and your family has never tasted so good!

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing; 1 edition (September 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936608936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936608935
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (619 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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187 of 190 people found the following review helpful By juanita on September 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
The recipes are easy to follow, the pictures are beautiful and very helpful, they make you want to try the recipes. And the food is delicious. I had the book for two days and have done the spicy wings recipe twice already, they are just that good and were a hit with my family.

One downside: there is no table of contents! Only an ingredient-based index! So if I search for 'cauliflower', there are 10-20 pages where cauliflower is mentioned and I have to go through all of them to find, say, the cauliflower puree. Makes no sense! That's the big minus for me.
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576 of 606 people found the following review helpful By D. Cusick on October 31, 2011
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I received this book in the mail just a few days before having guests for the week, and I thought it would be a great way to try out some of the recipes! I must say the book is gorgeous, and the photos make my mouth water. Not only that, but every recipe I've tried so far has been awesome! So why only three stars? Well because this book has absolutely the *worst* index I think I've ever seen in a cookbook.

The day my guests were arriving after a long day's drive I decided to make some guacamole for their arrival, and I recalled seeing a beautiful guacamole in the cookbook. So I pulled it out and did looked up "guacamole". Nothing. Not there at all. So I went to Avocado, hoping maybe to see something like "avocado, guacamole" as I have in other cookbooks. But NO, I got there and saw: "Avocado 30, 46, 56, 66, 92, 96, 128, 156 ..." and on and on. Lots of page references with no hint as to what the references were. My time was short so I just gave up and made my own guacamole recipe from memory, which is tasty anyway.

I also recalled seeing really excellent looking muffins in the cookbook and thought they would be great to make for breakfast one day, so again I turned to the index and looked for "muffins" and again under "muffins" there was Nothing, Zip, Nada. This time I was lucky however, as my eyes happened to fall on the entry "morning glory muffins" - right above where muffins SHOULD have been in the index. Yay, I made them and they were fabulous. But suppose they had been called "early rising muffins" or "great start muffins"? I sure never would have found them by searching the index.

I later found the guacamole when I had more time by starting at page one and thumbing through, and finally found "chunky guacamole" on page 66.
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344 of 378 people found the following review helpful By Karen A. Decoster on September 19, 2011
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If you are like me, you cringe when you open a cookbook and flip through the recipes only to see an ingredient list a mile long. And then you glance at the preparation steps that are the equivalent of a long essay. For busy folks, this can be mentally defeating to the point of having no further interest in any recipe, in spite of the tempting photos.

A wonderful new cookbook has just hit the stands, and it rejects that nonsense in favor of offering up painless prescriptions for individuals who wish to shun the convenience in a box or bag, and control what feeds their bodies, _Paleo Comfort Foods: Homestyle Cooking in a Gluten-Free Kitchen_, which is available at Amazon now.

I received a review copy from the authors, Julie and Charles Mayfield, because I have a desire to bring to folks any tools that can assist them in their journey from the SAD (Standard American Diet) toward a real-food lifestyle that offers them long-term health and the joy of being self-sufficient in the kitchen. This book is a marvelous tool that will help individuals to deep-six the Lean Cuisine and Hot Pockets monstrosities and unleash their inner chef.

Upon receiving the book, I experienced some immediate skepticism - the book was very large and the short chapters at the front presented some very large type. As I thumbed through the early chapters, however, I noticed the colors and layout popped out at me in a pleasant sort of way. The type size calmed down for the actual recipes, and the larger size of the book even grew on me after a while. The book is easy to fling around in the kitchen as you are moving about and putting together your next remarkable meal.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Sharyn Mulqueen on September 19, 2011
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I love this cookbook on so many levels. First, Julie and Charles Mayfield are an adorable couple - they did a cooking demo at my CrossFit gym and really seem to love cooking (and each other!). Their love for cooking, ingredients and teaching people how to live a healthy lifestle are obvious from the introduction and throughout the book. They add personal notes that can only come from a sheer joy of cooking to almost every recipe, including options for "cheating" as well as tips for freezing items, alternatives and other options. And the photos are wonderful - but the best part is that they are "real" - not doctored up with any of the food stylist tricks!

Second, and perhaps most important, the food is amazing. But it's also pretty easy! I should say it's deceptively easy - I would happily make many of these dishes for company and I'm quite sure my guests would think I had spent a day in the kitchen, but in reality, most are quity simple to put together with even the most basic kitchen skills (which, BTW, the Mayfields generously share).

Third, and probably as important as the previous point, my whole family has loved everything I've made. While they don't "follow" Paleo, my rule is if I cook it, you eat it. So most times dinner is Paleo! And even my somewhat picky 3-year-old has happily eaten everything. (My 8-year-old is a total carnivore, so she's easy. But she did LOVE the creamed spinach!).

In the day of the Internet, when it's easy to NOT own any cookbook, I am proud to have added this to my collection.
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