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The Paleo Approach Cookbook: A Detailed Guide to Heal Your Body and Nourish Your Soul Paperback – August 26, 2014
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About the Author
Over time, she healed herself of a long laundry list of physical complaints including irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, and the autoimmune disorder, Lichen Planus, an inflammatory skin condition. Inspired by her success, Dr. Ballantyne created the popular health blog www.ThePaleoMom.com and became co-host of a top-rated podcast, The Paleo View. Her passion for providing straightforward explanations of the science behind her diet and lifestyle recommendations for managing autoimmune disease, plus her love of food and cooking as well as her conviction that healing your body does not have to come at the expense of enjoying food, form the foundations of The Paleo Approach and The Paleo Approach Cookbook.
- Item Weight : 3.39 pounds
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 162860008X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1628600087
- Product Dimensions : 8.5 x 1 x 10.88 inches
- Publisher : Victory Belt Publishing; 1st Edition (August 26, 2014)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #85,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I returned this book for a refund. I enjoy reading Ballantyne's blog The Paleo Mom and find some of her recipes useful, but this book is difficult end to end, from the eye-sore puzzle-pieces littering the pages, the difficult to follow layout, and the special processes and ingredients required to make many of the recipes.
The puzzle pieces seem like they would be a nice way to render the "puzzle" of autoimmune disease in a visual way, but it clutters the layout. Sarah presents so much information in this book that a cleaner layout would make it easier to follow. Color and graphics don't always make your message easier to comprehend.
Many of the recipes are review for people who are accustomed to eating Paleo or for an allergic condition or autoimmune disease: bone broth, coconut yogurt, pate, roasted marrow bones/meats/veggies, etc. If you already know cooking basics and prepare these foods, there is nothing new here to help you. Many of the recipes are for foods people will not eat: fried fish heads, stuffed hearts, pigs feet. I understand that offal and nose-to-tail eating help expand our view of what "food" is, but if you're squeamish about it, you're squeamish, and even a great recipe won't get you to try it. For example, I know that insects make up parts of the diets of many people around the world, but not so much in North America. When I came across a pancake recipe containing cricket flour...that was the deciding moment for me, the book was going back. It's too exotic for my tastes.
I am a seasoned cook, and I do eat offal, but for every recipe I found kind of easy or a re-hash of something I already know how to do, I found one that was too exotic in terms of ingredients to even begin.
The quantity and quality of the research Ballantyne put into her books is obvious, and I cannot fault her for it, but these recipes are not for every-day foods that would appeal to every-day people (and their kids).
Far better AIP cookbook is Mickey Trescott's The Paleo Autoimmune Cookbook - clean layout, easy to follow information and recipes, easily sourced ingredients. Perfect for those with autoimmune disease or food allergies
Because this cookbook had so many bad reviews and complaints about specialty ingredients, I ended up buying The Healing Kitchen: 175+ Quick & Easy Paleo Recipes to Help You Thrive instead. That one had the "easy" recipes that looked good, and I spent a week or two making a bunch of the recipes.
Then I realized that The Healing Kitchen was really lacking in ideas for offal and seafood. We were eating mostly sweet potatoes and chicken... and chicken is supposed to be limited on AIP. So I went back and bought this book. And I was surprised by how wonderfully it's laid out! Each recipe has nutritional information, modification ideas, and FODMAP adjustments. Since we are also avoiding fodmaps right now, that was incredibly helpful.
My husband had trouble getting through the entire Paleo Approach book. It can be way too overwhelming for someone who hasn't cooked much before. But he really wanted to be on board and be able to make a few meals. This book has a thorough introduction that reviews the major points of the AIP, includes definitions of cooking terms for new cooks, and gives lots of tips and ideas for people who might be new to cooking from scratch. You could easily read ONLY this book, and still have all the major points of AIP and the meal plans and recipes.
I regret that I didn't just buy this one first! But I'm also happy to have both books on my shelves, as they both have a lot of excellent recipes and ideas.
Ps- I didn't even know this book existed until I scoured Amazon high and low. Maybe the author needs to use more keywords in her listing. I didn't have any problem finding the first part of this book, the Paleo approach. I think I had to go multiple pages into the search.