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Paleo for Beginners: The Guide to Getting Started Paperback – January 1, 2014
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"Hollywood's hottest diet just got a whole lot easier (and tastier!) with the introduction of this handy Paleo cookbook." -- Closer Weekly Magazine
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When I read a "beginners" book, I ask myself the following questions:
Did the book give a good overview/introduction of the subject?
Was the book written in an unbiased, objective tone?
Was the book based on solid research, and did the author seem knowledgeable?
And - did I find the book useful?
After reading the information chapters and trying a few of the recipes, I'd give the information sections 2 stars. The explanations were very short and just gave broad, generalized descriptions - the same sort of stuff you'd get by googling "paleo." Although there were a ton of sources cited from medical and nutrition journals, the "facts" were just blanket statements without any kind of real explanation. I got the sense that the authors didn't actually READ those articles - they just glanced at the summaries and then recited popular beliefs about this diet. Even though this was a "beginner" book, I felt like they could have provided a LOT more research and background information.
The tone of the book was acceptable, but not great. Obviously the author is advocating this lifestyle, so the diet is described in very flowery and glowing terms. There is also an undertone of snobby that I found a little condescending. The author says things like, "If you truly cannot find the quality protein you want to eat, look at frozen products...Read more ›
Ideas on how to transform your kitchen and pantry; use of tools and equipment to enhance your recipes; as well as maintaining your diet at work, home and eating out are included. Detailed meal plans guide you through a gradual transition. “Ten Steps” guide you through the switch to this diet and make it successful along with a questionnaire to help you analyze and decide your relationship with food.
By seeking a reverse evolution diet standard, you can choose to pursue a diet that aids in better nutrition and reduces risk of diseases current plaguing our modern society. This book is a detailed guide to achieving your Paleolithic diet.
However, the book receives a reduced rating for two reasons. One, the starting chapters are the typical Gluten is Evil fashionable claptrap. This is not true for all people and new research proves this. Second, this is still a fad diet and the book reads like a fad diet—big promises with a superiority complex.
I consider this a good guide to move away from processed foods. However, the fad diet language is a huge turn off for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is great for beginners. It is straight forward w/ lists of good/bad items and simple recipes. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Oregoncook
There really isn't a lot of content in this book. I read about the Paleo diet on the internet and bought this book in hopes of getting a more depth explanation on the diet, I was... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joe Hawk
Could have been a very good book, but rates as so my okay.
Once again, an author who so my doesn't grasp the full meaning of a Paleolithic Diet. Read more
This is a terrible book as an intro to Paleo. It relies heavily on vegan cheese and processed "Paleo" items such as Paleo tortillas, bread, etc. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tina