- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing; Original ed. edition (October 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781936608690
- ISBN-13: 978-1936608690
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Chrissy Gower is a hard working wife and mother of two that is committed to educating families on how to live a healthier lifestyle. As a personal trainer out of the famed Nor Cal Strength and Conditioning gym, she has helped countless individuals and families successfully implement a paleo diet. She also runs the highly successful blog, www.growinguppaleo.com
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I'm going to sound nit-picky, and if this review bothers you, then this is the book for you and it's where you are in your food journey. Some of you are more like me and care a little bit more. So here are the details that bothered me.
1) I'm on the GAPS diet. Not a big deal. Very compatible with paleo. Only problem is sweet potatoes aren't allowd on the GAPS diet (sad... I know!). This book uses them A LOT. I think it might possibly be her favorite veggie. It's listed in 7 recipes in the index, but I counted an aditional 5 that include sweet potatoes that aren't even listed in the index. That makes a total of 12 recipes that call for them. I can substitute I realize, but just throwing it out there if you are a low carb person, or for some reason can't handle them, they are used pretty heavily.
2) She really doesn't worry about added sugar. This bothered me a lot. On page 118 is her recipe for BBQ sauce (one of the FEW recipes for something, not just calling for a bottle!). I was excited she included a recipe for BBQ sauce until I read it. It calls for 2 cups of organic ketchup. UGH! The second ingredient on the label is sugar in that stuff, even the organic. Then it also calls for 1/2 cup honey with that. UGH! To much for our little family. Lastly, this same recipe calls for liquid smoke. Uhhh last time I checked that was full of preservatives, weird things you can't pronounce and is a carcinogen. Lame sauce!
3) Someone else touched on this, but lame recipes. Saute broccoli? Really? Moving on.
4) On page 176 it called for taco seasoning. AHhhhhh!!! Sadly, store bought taco seasoning is full of nasty stuff with an ingredients label that reads like a chemistry textbook. If you've been wondering how to replace those small packets of MSG-riddled spices with something real, make your own blend. But sadly, she doesn't list a single spice blend in her book. Instead of the 50 page useless intro (really, we know we need to own knives to make some recipes), a bunch of spice blends would have been much more useful.
5) Just hitting on a couple other fails-
- El Pao sauce, and green chiles from a can both used heavily. Canned food was one of the things I was trying to get rid of when buying this book.
- PG. 170 calls for bottled BBQ sauce (even though she has a lame-sauce recipes listed)
-PG. 154 calls for tabasco brand hot sauce. This might not be a big deal, but the last batch I bought had food dyes as well as preservatives. Not all have this. Read labels
-PG. 140 calls for worcestershire sauce. I have yet to find a brand of worcestershire sauce that DOESN'T contain sugar. If anyone knows of one, write it in the comments. Either way, I would have liked a recipe for that.
6) This one is just a personal rant maybe, but the breakfast section is pretty lame. The idea is great of having your frittata all made for you, but it lists 2 hours cook time. That is awkward for slow cookers. It's to short to set it the night before, and to long for when you get up in the morning. Especially when it takes you all of 20 minutes to just make it on the stove top. Where is the time savings? So it's transportable? Uhhh so is a 9x13 pan.
The recipes aren't that creative. Use TONS of premade spice blends. Not many things I haven't just thrown together with out a recipe in my crock pot (Spicy chicken wings? Wings+hot sauce. BRILLIANT! Never would have come up with that *dripping sarcasm*). I wanted to like it, but just don't. Nothing called my name that I had to make right then. Nothing struck me as a fresh take on paleo. Just pass.
(BTW, 8 days of constant soaking with vinegar & baking soda and repeatedly scraping with knives, spoons & a screwdriver finally cleaned up the old cooker leaving the interior discolored.)
I rarely am motivated enough to write a poor review (and still haven't gotten around to writing a lot of the reviews I want to for great Paleo books, such as It Starts with Food, The Primal Blueprint and Practical Paleo, all of which I love).
What I am disappointed with is the selection (or lack thereof) of new and different recipes.
This author seems to rely heavily on pre-made sauces and seasonings, but even so, a lot of the recipes seem to lack any depth or originality.
The Breakfast section has 6 recipes, 4 of which are frittatas.
The Side Dish section is mostly non-crock pot recipes, if you can even call them that: they are more like cooking suggestions. For the Broccoli Saute, you just... you know, saute broccoli with garlic and oil in a frying pan. Spaghetti Squash: Ingredients: Spaghetti Squash. Instructions (paraphrased) cut in half, scoop out seeds, put in a pyrex dish in the oven at 350 for 40 minutes. The Roasted Whole Chicken, Slow Cooked Sweet Potatoes, Slow Cooked Buffalo Chicken Wings, Grilled Asparagus and Roasted Brussels Sprouts are "recipes" just like that--stuff we already know how to do, the very bare-minimum basics, not real recipes. Just cooking steps. Even if she had had some interesting herbs and spices or flavor suggestions or switch ups I would have been more accepting of them not being simple, and/or not slow cooker recipes.
The Desserts section all relies on almond flours, and in 1/3 of the recipes, of a specific brand of almond flour. This isn't that major of a fault, as most paleo recipes do, just that the trend is switching moreso to coconut flour as nuts are a Top 8 allergen. With Paleo eliminating so many of the top allergens (which is a major reason a lot of people turn to Paleo) I just don't get relying on almond flour or butter for baking (not just in this book, but many others).
The Salads section is just as disappointing. Cucumber Salad-- cucumbers, tomatoes, onion, salt and pepper. The Simple Cabbage and Cilantro Salad-- take those two ingredients and add a dressing of your choice. What? Why did I buy this book?
As I mentioned before, I also disliked the reliance on Penzy's seasonings (I don't even know what those are). Why not use a blend of spices we would mix ourselves? Why do the recipes call for Trader Joe's BBQ sauce, store-bought ketchup, enchilada and Worcestershire sauce, the vast majority of which are no where near Paleo?
The bottom line is, unless you have never cooked before, this cookbook will be of little use. I gave it two stars as there are a few recipes I might end up trying, like the Chipotle Meatballs or Butternut Squash Lasagna (which there were more casserole recipes like this!), but I will not recommend this book to family or friends.
If you are looking for a good Paleo cookbook with lots of options and flavor profiles, try Practical Paleo (highly recommended) or Make It Paleo.
The recipe section in It Starts with Food is also excellent.
I really, really wanted to like this book.