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1.0 out of 5 stars Deceptive!, March 18, 2012
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This review is from: The Primal Blueprint Cookbook: Primal, Low Carb, Paleo, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free (Primal Blueprint Series) (Hardcover)
This book is plainly listed as being a dairy-free cookbook but it is NOT. Many of the recipes call for clarified butter and even yogurt or cream. It's like they took recipes and said they adapted them for a paleo type diet when in fact they have not edited sufficiently to modify a number of the recipes. Although, the author actually STATES that they are recommending the use of clarified butter and ghee (a theoretically casein-free, whey-free, lactose-free Indian dairy product which still contains dairy fats but may still cause problems for those who are truly casein and whey sensitive), he still calls this book a dairy-free cook book, when in fact it is not. For instance, Creamed Kale on page 150 calls for 1 cup of heavy cream and 3-4 tablespoons of unsalted butter or ghee. This is the same type of recipe that I'd be able to get in any southern cookbook. :( There are many other instances of recipes that call for obvious dairy product and products for which no dairy alternative is really a good fit (like cream or yogurt)

For those seeking a gluten-free, casein-free cookbook on the Paleo diet spectrum, this book, though beautiful to look at, is NOT it.

Buyers allergic to coconut should also be aware that many, many of the recipes rely on coconut milk, flour or solids.
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Initial post: Jun 1, 2012 11:32:31 AM PDT
egreetham says:
Very misleading about the so-called "dairy-free" aspect--he doesn't seem to understand that being dairy-free is not a matter of choice for some.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 12:53:27 PM PDT
So let me ask you this....do you like or can you eat every ingredient listed in every recipe that is in any other cook book you have ever purchased? Probably not. In my estimation, less than 10% of the recipes in this book contain any kind of dairy. Lighten up.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 1:08:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2012 1:09:07 PM PDT
MG says:
Excuse me? What do you not grasp about the statement that the book is supposedly Paleo, dairy-free and that a number of the recipes contain dairy? If I am paying for a dairy-free book, have ordered it because it stated dairy-free and gluten-free, what do you not comprehend about my being upset and annoyed that it *isn't* a dairy-free cookbook and seeking to warn others with similar dietary limitations that it isn't? If you have celiac disease, like I do and my child does, and also have to avoid dairy, as I do, the book is simply not what is says it is? If you had a child with peanut allergy, would you be disappointed with a book that said it was peanut free recipes and a fraction of the recipes contained peanut butter?

I really hope that you never have any significant limitations to your diet, but with all due respect, until you've been there, you really cannot imagine the road walked by those who do.

This is a case of false advertising. Plain and simple.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2013 9:17:55 AM PDT
SERENDIPITY says:
You mentioned gluten...do some of these recipes also contain gluten??

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2013 9:22:12 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2013 9:23:00 AM PDT
MG says:
Serendipity, I honestly do not recall, but I don't *think* they did, at least of the ones I perused before I returned the book.

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 9:03:16 PM PDT
Rose R. says:
Although I completely understand your argument against the improper labeling for this book - I just want to clarify that Primal and Paleo are not exactly the same thing. Primal does allow the use of some dairy - mostly clarified, full fat and/or from grass fed sources. I only say this because you mention this book is not on the Paleo diet spectrum when the title mentions Primal. Perhaps that was my own misinterpretation but again I just wanted to clarify that. Seems like a screw up with whoever designed that cover because they could have at least mentioned "some dairy-free recipes" instead of making it sound like ALL of them. But I would hope that all recipes are gluten free since that is something that is definitely not eaten on both Primal and Paleo.
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