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Recipes are all original
on March 17, 2012
I obtained the book to review the recipes. I only skimmed through the text part. Everything appears to have actually been written by the author. I did think the author added quite a bit of conjecture on how they lived back then. But you can get a good flavor of the book yourself. A good chunk is in the sample. If you like the sample, you will like the rest of the text.
Now to the recipes. There are 15. They are listed in the sample. Here they are again:
Egg Muffins [eggs, meat, spices. Can be made in advance.]
Zucchini Bake [zucchini, meat, eggs, etc.]
Aussie Beef Burger [burger with fried egg, beets, tomatoes, spices, etc.]
Chorizo Con Huevos
Granny Apple Muffins [almond flour, apples, carrots, shredded coconut, rasins, eggs, spices, etc.]
Kangaroo Kofta Balls
Cauliflower Mush [cauliflower and almond meal]
Schweet Potato Roschtis [that's sweet potato and almond meal]
Hot And Spicy Fried Chicken [paleo version of KFC chicken]
Barramundi Semi-Poached In White Wine Sauce [or any fish of your choice]
Rich Chocolate Truffles
Pears Poached In Red Wine
Rich Dark Chocolate Mousse
As you can see the author is Australian. The only downside of this for Americans is the weights are metric. All the other measurements are the common English cups, tablespoons, teaspoons, etc. The author has clearly made every recipe and has written all the instructions himself. There is plenty of detail and side comments. The instructions are broken into short paragraphs. When authors take recipes from the web, they rewrite the instructions to avoid copyright issues. They rearrange things, they change words to less optimal ones, and drop comments. This is certainly not the case here.
The recipes are not strict paleo. Butter appears in many of them. Often just to grease the pan or to saute something in the beginning. Another oil can be easily substituted for those. Only in the Barramundi fish recipe is it an actual ingredient. And non-paleo chocolate appears in two.
The recipes are all nicely spiced and flavored variations of basic recipes.
You can sample the text. As for the recipes, they are recommended with the noted caveats.